Rugby Star and Law School Graduate, Philip Fitzgerald, awarded Doctor of Laws in France

Edinburgh Law School Graduate and former Scottish rugby star, Philip Fitzgerald was awarded the Docteur en droit (doctor of laws) last month. Philip defended his thesis in Toulon on 26 November 2011 before a jury of four French academics and former Edinburgh Law School colleague Peter Cullen.

Edinburgh Law School Graduate and former Scottish rugby star, Philip Fitzgerald was awarded the Docteur en droit (doctor of laws) last month. Philip defended his thesis in Toulon on 26 November 2011 before a jury of four French academics and former Edinburgh Law School colleague Peter Cullen.

Philip’s 400 page thesis - entitled Les dispositifs juridiques internationaux de lutte contre la corruption des agents publics étrangers (‘The International Normative Framework Combating the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials’) - is in French and adheres to French legal styles and academic customs. His research was directed by Professor Max Gounelle, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Toulon. It was conducted at the “Centre de Droit et de Politique Comparés Jean-Claude Escarass” (CDPC) of the Faculty of Law in Toulon. The focus of this research centre is comparative public and administrative law, primarily French and Italian law.  One of the most dynamic centres in the Toulon University, the CDPC has a growing reputation for academic excellence in the Mediterranean, especially in France, Italy and North Africa. (see http://cdpc.univ-tln.fr/)

Philip graduated Edinburgh Law School with an LLB (Hons) in Law and French in 1999. Subsequently he took up further study at the Université du Sud Toulon-Var where he obtained a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées : Droit immobilier et administration du patrimoine (Masters Degree in property law) in 2001.  Philip then completed a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies : Droit des contentieux public et privé  (research Masters Degree in various areas of law) in 2004. 

The doctorate entitles Philip, inter alia, to enter the regional bar school in Marseille where he will begin training, in January 2012, to become an avocat.

The Law School wishes to congratulate Philip on his doctorate and wish him all the best for his future career in Law.