Sunday, 25 October 2015

Comparative Law – 2nd edition? – suggestions?

Just published a bit more than a year ago but I’m in early discussions about the second edition of my Comparative law book. 

What shall I change? 

I have some plans – which I won’t disclose here…. but I’d also be very happy to get some comments and suggestions via email

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Academic staff lists of law school websites: what’s mentioned?

Sunday morning empirics - first the results:

Country
(and n)
PhD / Dr mentioned
Ranks mentioned
Order by rank
US (10)
10%
100%
0%
UK (10)
70%
80%
0%
Australia (6)
0%
100%
67%
Canada (3)
0%
67%
0%
Singapore (1)
100%
100%
100%
Hong Kong (1)
100%
0%
0%

Method: I looked at the top 100 universities of the Times Higher ranking, then excluded the non-Anglophone universities and those without a law school, and capped the observations to ten per country (relevant for the UK and the US). Then, I checked the academic staff lists/faculty directories of the law schools (ie the main list, not further sites which may provide additional information), and counted (i) whether doctorate titles were mentioned, (ii) whether ranks were fully mentioned (Professor, Associate Professor, Lecturer, etc; ie not just Prof or Dr), and (3) whether the website is ordered by those ranks.
   Now to the results of the table (with the >66% fields highlighted): interesting to see a US/UK split in terms of mentioning PhD titles with Singapore and Hong Kong, but not Australia and Canada, following the UK in mentioning them. Ranks are usually mentioned but some exceptions in the UK, Canada and Hong Kong – while in Australia and Singapore it may go further in terms of ordering the staff lists according to rank.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

What did I do this summer?

This blog post should have been written a while ago, but with the beginning of the academic year there is now no denying the fact that the summer is really over. So what did I do (work wise)? Some talks and event, in reverse order:
Looking at it, it doesn’t seem so much but kept me busy enough. Oh, and the picture is of course Carlos Drummond de Andrade and someone else in Rio.