Professor Robin Hickey appointed as new Head of the Law School


The School of Law is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Robin Hickey as Head of the School of Law.

Robin earned his PhD at Queen’s and has held academic posts at Queen’s and Durham. He teaches and researches property law and legal history, and is particularly interested in foundational concepts of property like ‘ownership’ and ‘possession’. His first book, Property and the Law of Finders (Hart, 2010) was a Finalist in the Inner Temple Book Prize 2011 (New Authors’ Category). He is an editor of a number of highly regarded collections, Casenotes Editor of leading property journal The Conveyancer, and he serves on the executive board of the US-based Association for Law, Property and Society. Currently he is leading the AHRC-funded project ‘Restoring cultural property and communities after conflict’, which considers the harm caused by destruction of cultural property through a case-study in Cambodia.

“I am very excited to be taking up this role, particularly at this graduation time of year when we will be celebrating the achievements of our students and the encouragement provided by their friends and families. Law is a great subject to study, and Queen’s is a great place to do it. We have fantastic students, their academic accomplishments matched only by their enthusiasm to get involved in the wider life of the University, and reflected in wide-ranging contributions to clubs, societies and volunteering. Our students are taught by an outstanding team of academic staff, from well-established scholars at the forefront of their fields to some of the most promising early-career researchers and teachers anywhere in the world. All of this happens in our new home at the heart of Queen’s historic campus: a state-of-art building with superb teaching facilities, a moot court, study and wellbeing space, lots of light and quality coffee. We enjoy excellent external relationships with the legal profession, reflected in the Judge in Residence programme through which a High Court Judge makes regular contributions with students to the wider academic-life of the School; and also in our partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills which delivers a programme of real-world skills to all students.

“The main task for me in the years ahead is to enable this wonderful community of scholars to do its best work, as we strive to make a difference to communities in Northern Ireland and beyond. I am genuinely excited about the prospects and opportunities ahead”.

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