It was announced today that Professor Mads Andenæs Director of BIICL from 2000 to 2005 has been appointed an Honorary Queen's Counsel (QC Honoris Causa). Honorary QCs are awarded to lawyers and legal academics who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales outside practice in the courts.
On 11 March 2019, the Lord Chancellor will preside over the appointment ceremony at Westminster Hall, where he will formally bestow the title of QC upon the successful applicants and award the honorary QCs.
Professor Mads Andenæs is a leading academic and has been recommended for his work in the fields of comparative and international law, in familiarising academic and practising lawyers and the judiciary in this jurisdiction with other systems of law and by encouraging exchanges of views and approaches between common and civil lawyers. He has written many books on the subject and has established a series of annual seminars on pressing issues as seen from European Supreme Courts. This was inaugurated by a seminar in the UK Supreme Court with the participation of a number of leading UK practitioners and judges. He was also member and Special Rapporteur in the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and contributed to its report « Basic Principles and Guidelines » (2012). This report has been referred to in UK Supreme Court judgments.
BIICL would like to congratulate Professor Andenæs on this honour.