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Professor Mary Footer delivers first Gillian White lecture

28 March 2017

The Manchester International Law Centre and The Women in International Law Network have launched a new lecture series in memory of Professor Gillian White.

Professor Mary Footer delivering the first annual Gillian White lecture
Professor Mary Footer delivering the first annual Gillian White lecture.

The lecture series concentrates on international economic law and aims to commemorate the legacy of Professor White, who was the first woman to be appointed professor in law in mainland Britain.

After having worked as research assistant to Sir Elihu Lauterpacht at the University of Cambridge from 1961 to 1967, Gillian White moved to The University of Manchester where she worked until her retirement in 1991. Among many other academic achievements, she launched the Melland Schill Studies in International Law monograph series published by the Manchester University Press. At a time when the number of women academics was only a few, in 1975 she became the first woman international law professor in the UK.

The first annual lecture, entitled 'Revisiting the new international economic order: On law, development and economic process', was delivered on 7 March 2017 by Professor Mary Footer from the University of Nottingham. Gillian White's colleagues and friends, Maureen Mulholland and Margot Brazier, also presented reminiscences to commemorate her memory.

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