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The Institute of Criminology is pleased to announce the establishment of a Professorship in Penal Theory and Ethics, following a generous donation from Professor Andreas von Hirsch.

The creation of this professorship is an important moment in the Institute’s history, which reflects its long-standing commitment to penal theory and ethics. 

Andreas von Hirsch, Honorary Professor of Penal Theory and Penal Law at the University of Cambridge, is a legal philosopher and penal theorist, and the founding Director of the Centre for Penal Theory and Ethics at the Institute of Criminology. He is also an Honorary Fellow of  Wolfson College.

Commenting on the gift, Director of the Institute of Criminology, Loraine Gelsthorpe said:

‘We are incredibly grateful for Professor von Hirsch's generosity in supporting this professorship. The new professor, when in post, will undoubtedly make valuable contribution to wide debates on penal theory and ethics.

Andreas von Hirsch has also been Adjunct Professor of Penology in the Law Faculty of the Uppsala University, Sweden. He holds an honorary doctorate of laws from Uppsala University, and an LL.D. from Cambridge University.  In 2007, von Hirsch was named Honorary Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Frankfurt, Germany, where he is founder and director of a research centre dedicated to penal theory entitled Forschungsstelle für Strafrechtstheorie und Strafrechtsethik. Since 2018, von Hirsch has also held the honorary title of Emeritus Professor of the Rosario University in Bogotá-Colombia.