Glasgow law professor wins Israeli scholarship

A leading British law professor has been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the British Friends of the Hebrew University (BFHU) for work promoting understanding between Israel and the UK.

Glasgow University professor Adam Tomkins is this year’s recipient of the Hailsham Scholarship, which has been awarded since 1987 to honour the contribution of influential legal academics.

Last year he was a visiting professor at the Jerusalem university, where he ran a course on national security. He will return to Israel next May to take part in a workshop with Aharon Barak, the former president of Israel’s Supreme Court.

Professor Tomkins said the prize would facilitate the next stage of what he hoped would be “a lifelong series of collaborations with colleagues at the Hebrew University”.

He added: “If, as a result, links between Glasgow Law School and legal scholars in Israel are strengthened, this will be an added bonus.”

Lord Pannick QC, chair of the BFHU legal group, said Professor Tomkins was “a most worthy recipient” of the award.

    Last updated: 10:37am, February 4 2011