Professor Lesley McAra elected President of the European Society of Criminology

Edinburgh Law School's Chair of Penology was voted in at the Society's annual conference in Sarajevo

Edinburgh Law School's Chair of Penology, Professor Lesley McAra, has been elected President of the European Society of Criminology.

Founded in 2000, the Society brings together leading experts in criminology from across the globe to foster criminological scholarship, education and training. 

Professor McAra was voted in at the Society's annual conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

"I'm very honoured and humbled by the election. I think the timing of the appointment is eloquent. Never has the Society been more salient than in these turbulent times when the post-war European project has become increasingly under threat. 

The Society's strength lies in its capacity to forge new research networks and collaborations, build robust evidence and enable us to engage, challenge and enlighten. As we move towards Brexit, the appointment is a statement from the Society about connecting the strong academic networks that stretch between the UK and the rest of Europe."  

Lesley McAra