Thursday, September 29, 2005

WRITER: Kristin Kissiah, 706/542-5172, lawcomm@uga.edu
CONTACT: Alan Waston, 706/542-5566, wawatson@uga.edu

UGA Law Professor Alan Watson receives sixth honorary degree

ATHENS, Ga. - Alan Watson, Distinguished Research Professor and Ernest P. Rogers Chair of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Stockholm tomorrow (Sept. 30). Notably, the ceremony will take place in the Stockholm Congress Hall where the Nobel Prize dinners are held each year.

Watson receives this honor at the end of an eventful summer. In June, the University of Belgrade announced the establishment of the Alan Watson Foundation for essay prizes, with the first awards to be presented in January 2006. He was also appointed to the advisory boards of three highly regarded legal journals - the European Lawyers Journal, Comparative Law Journal and The Journal of Comparative Law.

A world-renowned legal scholar, Watson is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Roman law, comparative law, legal history, and law and religion. He regularly lectures at premiere universities in the United States, Italy, Holland, Germany, France, Poland, South Africa, Israel and Serbia. A prolific writer, Watson has authored more than 150 books and articles. His latest book, The Shame of American Legal Education, was published earlier this year.

The honorary doctorate presented to Watson by the University of Stockholm follows five others from the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Pretoria, Palermo and Belgrade. In addition, he holds seven traditional degrees from the universities of Oxford, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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