Jules Winterton appointed as Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Monday 22 April 2013

The School of Advanced Study, University of London is pleased to announce the appointment of Jules Winterton to the post of Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS).

Jules is Librarian and Associate Director of IALS and has been Acting Director of the Institute since mid-2012.  He is Convenor of the Libraries Sub-Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars, a member of the Board of Trustees of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute, a visiting Associate Professor at the Kwame Nkrumah University in Ghana, a Board member of the Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and a former member of the Board of LLMC Digital (the online platform of the non-profit Law Library Microform Consortium). He received the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award from the American Association of Law Libraries in 2012 for the International Handbook of Legal Information Management. He has served as President of the International Association of Law Libraries from 2004 until 2010 and received the Wildy-BIALL Librarian of the Year award in June 2010. 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 edition). He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg and at the University of Florence.

Professor Roger Kain FBA, Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study, commented: ‘Jules is a significant figure in the fields of law librarianship, legal information provision and legal bibliography. He has already proven himself to be a real asset to IALS, which holds the UK’s national legal research library, one of the world’s outstanding libraries in its field. As part of the School of Advanced Study, IALS plays a leading national and international role in the support and promotion of research in law, and in particular in the provision of legal research information at a time when many universities are unable to maintain broad research collections. Jules’ substantial experience and expertise have contributed to making the Institute a pioneer in the application of digital technology to make legal research resources and materials freely available internationally. Jules has exciting plans for further activities and I look forward hugely to developing these with him.’

Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, said: ‘I am delighted that Jules Winterton will be taking the helm at the IALS.  He commands the respect of the legal community both academic and practising and will be a tremendous asset to the already enviable reputation of the University and the Institute.’ 

Jules Winterton takes up his position with immediate effect and will also continue his duties as Librarian of the Institute.

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  1. For further information please contact Dee Burn at the School of Advanced Study, University of London at dee.burn@sas.ac.uk / 020 7862 8670 / (0)7808 102735. Images available on request.
  2. The  Institute of Advanced Legal Studies  (IALS) was founded in 1947 as a national academic institution serving all universities through its national legal research library. Its function is to promote, facilitate and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law, for the benefit of persons and institutions in the UK and abroad. Its areas of speciality include arbitration and dispute settlement, company law, comparative law, economic crime, financial services law and legislative studies and law reform, and the legal profession and delivery of legal services. The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is a member institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. www.ials.sas.ac.uk
  3. The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together 10 research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute. The School also hosts a cross-disciplinary centre, the Human Rights Consortium, dedicated to the facilitation, promotion and dissemination of academic and policy work on human rights. www.sas.ac.uk
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