Prof Richard Sparks awarded doctor honoris causa by KU Leuven

The Academic Council of KU Leuven has announced that they will be conferring an honorary degree upon Edinburgh Law School's Professor Richard Sparks at a ceremony in April 2019.

The Faculty of Law at KU Leuven, recommended Prof Sparks for this honour in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the further development and institutionalization of criminology in Europe and beyond, and his key role in stimulating reflection and debate on the role and function of criminology in contemporary democracies. 

Prof. Dr. Luc Sels, Rector of KU Leuven stated;

“[His] work on crime and insecurity, on prisons and punishment, as well as on the place of crime and punishment and the role of knowledge in democratic debate have been exemplary for what criminology, at its best, is able to achieve. Moreover, [his] personal academic career demonstrates, and serves as an example to all of us, how attention for theory, empirical research, as well as service to the university and society at large can be reconciled in one person. Taken together, [his] contributions to both academia and public debate therefore warrant our University’s highest honour.” 

Prof Richard Sparks 

On receiving the news of the award Prof Sparks said:

"I’m a bit lost for words right now but with any luck I will have recovered my voice by April when I give a lecture at the ceremony in Leuven. I really value my association with Leuven and have great admiration for the criminology group and the wider Law Faculty there, so it’s a delight to be recognised in this way by them. I hope this helps to continue to deepen and extend the collaboration between our two Schools."  

The Law School offers its congratulations to Professor Sparks on this worthy recognition.