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MLaw Professor Earns Major Research Fellowship from Leverhulme Trust

Feb. 16, 2011
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ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A Major Research Fellowship awarded by the Leverhulme Trust will allow Michigan Law Prof. Christopher McCrudden to spend three years, starting this October, continuing his path-breaking work on human rights issues around the world.

McCruddenMcCrudden, a William W. Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan who also is a law professor at Oxford University and a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, was awarded the prestigious fellowship—roughly equivalent to a MacArthur Foundation fellowship—to pursue "an integrated theory of comparative human rights law."

The Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships are designed to enable accomplished scholars to "devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance," essentially by funding a replacement for fellows while they're away from the classroom doing research.

The funding will enable McCrudden to take a leave from teaching at Oxford for the period of the grant. After this fall, he'll also take a break from teaching his annual courses as a Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan, although he is expected to come to Ann Arbor as a non-teaching visitor during the course of his fellowship.

"Chris' Michigan Law colleagues are absolutely thrilled to see him offered the opportunity to focus more completely on this important scholarly work," said Michigan Law Dean Evan Caminker. "Of course we'll miss him during his absence, but we'll be eager to welcome him back when he returns."

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