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LSBU appoints Professor Craig Barker as Dean of School of Law and Social Science

Professor Craig Barker takes over as Dean of LSBU's School of Law and Social Sciences
16 February 2015

London South Bank University (LSBU) is pleased to announce that Professor Craig Barker has taken up the post as the new Dean of the School of Law and Social Sciences and brings with him over 30 years' experience of studying and working in academia.

Professor Barker began his academic career at the University of Reading as a Lecturer in 1993 and was later promoted to the post of Senior Lecturer in 2002. He then went on to embark on a career as Professor of Law at the University of Sussex, where he served as Head of the School of Law from 2009-2012 and Deputy Head of School from 2012.

Recognised as a world-leading expert in the field of immunities from jurisdiction in international law, Professor Barker's work particularly focuses on issues relating to diplomatic immunity. His teaching has been primarily in the fields of international criminal and international commercial law.

Commenting on his new appointment, Professor Barker said: "It is a great privilege to be given the opportunity to lead LSBU's School of Law and Social Sciences through such a transitional stage of the University's development. Throughout my career, I have been committed to ensuring the best possible student experience and I hope to continue this within my new post. This is a school with an outstanding reputation for both research and education and I look forward to working closely with staff to strengthen our position further."

Professor Barker completed his undergraduate LLB Honours at the University of Glasgow in 1987 and immediately proceeded to undertake his PhD studies supported by a Major Scottish Studentship in the field of Public International Law, with a focus on diplomatic law. He was awarded a PhD in 1993 and in the same year completed the Diploma in Legal Practice. He went on to accept a two-year training contract working in Edinburgh and London and qualified as a Solicitor in Scotland in 1993.