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Oxford professor speaks Sept. 12 at IU-Bloomington

IL Staff
January 1, 2007
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University of Oxford professor Jonathan Herring will present a lecture - "Entering the Fog: On the Borderlines of Mental Capacity" - for the public Sept. 12 at noon in the Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington moot court room.

Herring is on campus as Indiana Law's George P. Smith II Distinguished Visiting Professor-Chair through Sept. 15.

He has authored leading texts in family and medical law, and his research in these areas covers hot-button topics including the regulation of pregnancy and enforced medical treatment; the medical and legal definition of sex; issues surrounding human cloning; and the intersections of family law and human rights. His criminal-law work focuses on mistaken consent to sexual relations, crimes against corpses, and failures of parents to protect children from death.

The visiting professor served as a fellow in law and director of studies at New Hall, University of Cambridge, and a lecturer in law at Christ Church, University of Oxford. He is currently a fellow in law at Oxford's Exeter College where he has been since 1999.

The George P. Smith II Distinguished Visiting Professorship-Chair was inaugurated in 1998 by Justice Michael D. Kirby of the High Court of Australia. It brings international leaders in the legal profession to the law school for lectures, research, and student exchanges.

Past holders of this professorship include Sir David Williams, University of Cambridge; professor Margaret Somerville, McGill University; professor Tzu-Yi Lin, National Taiwan University; professor Janet McLean, University of Auckland; professor Ivan Shearer, University of Melbourne; and professor Cheryl Saunders, University of Melbourne.
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