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Professor Philip Aneurin Thomas

Emeritus Professor

School of Law and Politics


Professor Phil Thomas was educated at the universities of Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Michigan. He has held academic positions at the universities of Yale, Dar es Salaam, and Lusaka. In addition, he has been a visiting professor in a number of law schools including, Oslo, Utrecht, Prague, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Macquarie.  External examinerships held include the universities of Birmingham, Makerere, Nairobi, Leeds Metropolitan, Oxford Brooks, Warwick, Ulster and Leicester. He retired  after spending 36 years in this Law School. The University acknowledged his contribution by awarding him the prestigious title of Emeritus Professor of Law. He returned to the School as a consultant. He completed his consultancy in April 2010. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor at HELP University College, Kuala Lumpur, Symbiosis University, Pune, and also at the London College of Legal Studies, Dhaka. His research was focused in the area of socio legal studies and he is a founding member, and former executive committee member of the Socio Legal Studies Association. In addition, he is the founding and remains the editor of the Journal of Law and Society, based at Cardiff Law School. It is a leading international socio legal journal. His many publications and books include "How to Lecture" published in 2000, and "Discriminating Lawyers" Cavendish, 2000. In 2005 "The Human Rights Act: A Success Story?" was published followed by "Effective Legal Research" in 2006. His latest article is "Legal Education: Then and Now" [Law Teacher, no. 3, 2006]. He is widely published and his work has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, French and Czech.