Director of Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to step down

Friday 23 February 2018

Mr Jules Winterton, the director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), who pioneered its adoption of digital technologies for international access to legal research materials and resources, will retire this autumn after nearly five years in the role.

A significant figure in the law librarianship, legal information provision and legal bibliography fields, Mr Winterton has completed 27 years at IALS, which is part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He first joined as the librarian, a role he continued to fulfil after taking up the directorship in April 2013. He announced his retirement on 23 February.

Professor Rick Rylance, the School of Advanced Study’s dean and chief executive, said: ‘I will be saddened to see Jules leave. He has been an outstanding colleague over many years and, though I have known him only a relatively short time, I can say with confidence that he will be much missed, not only in IALS, but in the School and university, for his calm good sense and thorough knowledge. We all wish him well in his retirement.’ 

Mr Winterton is associate professor at the Kwame Nkrumah University in Ghana, and a member of the board of the Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. He started his professional career at Queen Mary University of London, having worked at the Institute of Classical Studies. From 2004 to 2010 he was president of the International Association of Law Libraries and in 2012 received the Joseph L Andrews Bibliographical Award in the USA for the International Handbook of Legal Information Management.

His many accomplishments include board membership of a range of legal organisations including the British and Irish Legal Information Institute, LLMC Digital, and the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries. He was chair of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians in 1994/95 and received its Wallace Breem Memorial Award in 1998 for Information Sources in Law (2nd edn). He has been a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg and at the University of Florence.

In a statement, Mr Winterton said the university and the School have played a large part in his career. ‘I have worked at the Institute of Classical Studies, Queen Mary University of London, and for quite a few years at IALS, and I have had a great time at all of them. Thank you to all my friends and colleagues who have made the university such an interesting and worthwhile place to work. I look forward to developing my outside interests and also continuing my involvement in access to legal information. I wish everyone the very best for the future.’

The process to appoint Mr Winterton’s successor will begin forthwith.


Notes for editors:

1. For further information please contact Maureen McTaggart, Media and Public Relations Officer, School of Advanced Study, University of London. / 020 7862 8859. Images available on request.

2. The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) supports and leads legal research in its broadest sense, both nationally and internationally. Founded in 1947, it houses specialist research centres and innovative partnerships and is home to an active community of researchers, fellows, and postgraduate students. It promotes new research agenda in specialist and interdisciplinary areas of law with direct effect on policy and practice. It provides research training and online services, a meeting place for organisations and legal scholars from around the globe, one of the world’s great legal research libraries, and a busy programme of seminars and public events.

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