New College of the Humanities Announces New Lecturers in Law Faculty

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Dr Tola Amodu joins as Convenor and Senior Lecturer, while Professor Roger Halson will deliver contract law lectures.

Roger Halson

It is very exciting to be involved with New College of the Humanities as it opens its doors to its first undergraduate students. I am delighted to be associated with such an impressive faculty.

New College of the Humanities (NCH) today announced the appointment of new lecturers to its Law faculty. The latest academics to become associated with NCH’s Law Faculty are Dr Tola Amodu, who joins as Convenor and Senior Lecturer, and Professor Roger Halson, Professor of Contract Law.

The independent, London based university-level college will welcome students in September to study for the Law LLB, as well as undergraduate BA degrees in English, History, Philosophy and the BSc in Economics.

The Law course taught at NCH] comprises the University of London LLB degree in its traditional three-stage format, providing students with a solid grounding in the concepts and frameworks of the English legal system.

In the first year, students will study a range of compulsory modules including criminal law, public law (including human rights law), and the law of the European Union. After this, they will take further compulsory and optional modules. In addition to their Law LLB course, all students will study four modules from another degree subject or Politics, a core module in each of Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking and Science Literacy as well as the College’s Professional Programme. Students will graduate with the joint award of a University of London LLB degree and the NCH Diploma on successful completion of the course.

Dr Amodu holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of London, having studied at the London School of Economics (LSE), where she wrote a thesis exploring the history of planning agreements as regulatory instruments in England and Wales. She is a qualified solicitor, a legal member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has been teaching public law at the LSE. Aside from public law, Dr Amodu has a particular interest in the theory and practice of regulation.

Dr Amodu said: ‘There are many challenges to studying law and here at New College of the Humanities we will endeavour to equip students with the means to do so effectively.’

Professor Halson is Professor of Contract and Commercial Law at the University of Leeds where he was Head of the School of Law from 2007 to 2009. He will deliver the contract law lectures of the Law LLB curriculum.

He is the author or co-author of three books on the law of contract: (sole author) Contract Law (2012), which is written for students and takes an original transaction based approach to its subject; (co-author) The Law of Contract (2010) which is the most extensive new treatise on the law of contract written in the last 50 years; and (co-author) Remedies in Contract and Tort (2002), a contextual and socio-legal analysis of its subject matter.

His work has been cited and relied upon in the Supreme Court, the highest court in England and Wales, as well as senior appellate courts overseas. His interest extends to all perspectives on contract law and remedies including historical, economic, psychological, socio-legal and doctrinal approaches.

Professor Halson said: ‘It is very exciting to be involved with New College of the Humanities as it opens its doors to its first undergraduate students. I am delighted to be associated with such an impressive faculty.’

‘It will be a pleasure to work with the solicitors and barristers of the future, and just as fascinating to see students go on into areas other than law, equipped with skills such as critical thinking and applied ethics which are cornerstones of legal practice and also a part of NCH’s unique Diploma course.’

Professor A C Grayling, Master of New College of the Humanities, said: ‘It is our ambition that NCH will produce graduates with a solid academic grounding and a keen appreciation of the most pressing issues of our time. As such, I am delighted to welcome further experts to our Law faculty and I am sure our undergraduates will benefit immensely from their guidance.’

Dr Amodu and Professor Halson join Professor G R Sullivan and visiting professors Ronald Dworkin QC, Professor Adrian Zuckerman, Professor Barbara McDonald and Geoffrey Robertson QC in the College’s Law faculty.

The London-based College has places available for talented students applying during clearing and adjustment for entry in 2012. Typical requirements are AAA at A-level or 36 points in the IB Diploma with at least a six at Higher Level in a subject related to your degree course. However the College is flexible and assesses each individual's potential to excel in the curriculum. Interested students can speak to an admissions adviser on 020 7637 4550 or find out more at

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