Professor Lisa Webley, from the Westminster Law School, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year Award 2016.

Professor Webley, who specialises in Empirical Legal Studies, has been chosen as one of the six finalists shortlisted from a record number of nominations made by students and lecturers. The quality of the candidates this year was exceptionally high, according to Oxford University Press.

Speaking about being in the shortlist for this year’s awards, Professor Webley said: “I am thrilled to be a Finalist for the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year 2016 Award. I am really privileged to have such great students and colleagues to work with and I am very honoured that they have nominated me for the Award. I am proud to follow in the footsteps of other Westminster Law School staff who have been finalists and winners in previous years.”

Professor Lisa Webley is a member of the University’s Centre for the Legal Profession and Legal Services. Her research is predominantly empirical and socio-legal, examining the legal profession and legal services. Much of this research has been funded by public bodies and institutional funders, including the European Commission, the Department for Constitutional Affairs, the Department for Trade and Industry and the Law Society of England and Wales, to name a few.

She is also the author of books on public law, legal writing and equality and diversity, such as the text books Complete Public Law Text Cases and Materials (with Harriet Samuels, 3rd Edition);  Legal Writing (4th  Edition) and Equality and diversity: women solicitors research study 48, co-authored by the Head of Westminster Law School, Professor Elizabeth Duff.

The six selected finalists of the 2016 Awards will now move on to the second stage of the judging process in which they will be visited on campus by two members of the judging panel. The judges will also interview a group of students, two of the candidate’s colleagues, and the Head of School.

Lecturers in the Westminster Law School have a proud tradition of winning this prestigious award. In 2011 Director of the Westminster Law and Theory Lab Professor Andreas Phillipoppoulous-Mihalopoulous scooped it, and Visiting Lecturer Luke Mason was named Law Teacher of the Year in 2014.

Westminster Law School provides legal education in the heart of London at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as professional and short courses.

This year’s winner of the Law Teacher of the Year Award 2016 will be announced at a one-day teaching event held in Oxford in the summer.

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