30 November 2016
Dr Vanja Hamzić, Senior Lecturer in Legal History and Legal Anthropology at SOAS, has been made an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple for a three year period. The Inn received a large number of applications for only four places. Fellows are encouraged to deliver two lectures during their term—one at their university and one at the Inn.
In the mid-twelfth century, the Knights Templar built a round church by the Thames, which came to be known as the Temple Church. Two centuries later, after the abolition of the Templars in 1312, lawyers came to occupy the Temple site and edifices. They formed themselves into two societies—of which one became known as the Inner Temple. Today, the Inner Temple is one of the four Inns of Court, which play a central role in training of aspiring barristers and continuing professional development of established barristers.
Dr Hamzić would like to use this fellowship to encourage SOAS students to learn more about the Inn's riveting history, archival and other resources and current activities in ways more than just as prospective barristers.