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Professor Tonry Receives Honorary Doctorate From VU University Amsterdam

JUNE 3, 2010—The Vrije Universiteit (VU University Amsterdam) Amsterdam has selected Law School Professor Michael Tonry to receive a doctorate honoris causa during its 130th Dies Natalis ceremony on October 20. "This is a great honor that has only rarely been awarded to American nationals," said Law School Dean David Wippman in an announcement to faculty and staff.

VU University Amsterdam has awarded honorary doctorates since 1930 to recognize individuals for outstanding contributions in the fields of science, politics, and culture. Past honorees include The Reverend Martin Luther King and Tim Berners-Lee, primary writer of the World Wide Web software.

Tonry joined the Law School faculty in 1990. He specializes in criminal law and also teaches jurisprudence and comparative law. Since 2001, he also has been a visiting professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and since 2003, a senior fellow at The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Amsterdam.

From 1999 to 2004 he was professor of law and public policy, and director of the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. He has been a Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University, and has held a visiting post at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany, the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.

Tonry is editor of Crime and Justice—A Review of Research, the Oxford University Press series Studies in Crime and Public Policy, the Oxford University Press series Studies in Penal Theory and Philosophy (jointly with the Law School's Antony Duff), the Oxford Handbooks on Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Criminology in Europe.

VU University Amsterdam was founded in 1880 and given its name to signify its freedom from church and government. Regarding academic pursuits as indivisible from society's standards, values, philosophy, and religion, the University places special emphasis on its social and cultural role.


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