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Antony Duff, a prominent theorist in criminal law and punishment, will join the U of M faculty as a tenured professor beginning in the fall of 2010

Distinguished philosopher Antony Duff joins U of M Law School faculty

Contacts: Cynthia Huff, Law School,, (612) 625-6691
Ryan Mathre, University News Service,, (612) 625-0552

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (03/02/2010) —The University of Minnesota Law School is pleased to announce that Antony Duff, a prominent theorist in criminal law and punishment, will join the faculty as a tenured professor beginning in the fall of 2010. Duff comes to Minnesota from the department of philosophy, University of Stirling, Scotland.

Duff is widely recognized as one of the most influential authorities in criminal law theory, and his writings have brought renewed interest to the field. Major works include "Intention, Agency and Criminal Liability," "Criminal Attempts" and "Answering for Crime: Responsibility and Liability in the Criminal Law."

He is also a leading scholar in punishment theory and philosophy. Among his landmark books, which have changed people’s thinking on the topics, are "Trials and Punishments" and "Punishment, Communication and Community."

In September 2009, Duff presented the Law School’s annual Dewey Lecture on the Philosophy of Law, entitled “In Search of a Theory of Criminal Law.”

“I am extremely pleased that Antony has accepted our offer to join the Law School faculty this fall,” said Law School Dean David Wippman. “He is one of the most important philosophers of criminal law in the world today, and his research and writing have made substantial contributions to many facets of the discipline.”

In Britain, Duff recently organized and led a three-year interdisciplinary project examining the nature, function and normative underpinnings of the criminal trial, funded by the United Kingdom’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The project produced the three-volume book series "The Trial on Trial." The AHRC has also funded a four-year follow-up project on criminalization that began in 2008.  

Duff is founding co-editor of the journal Criminal Law and Philosophy and of the Oxford University Press book series Studies in Penal Theory and Philosophy. He is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and he chaired the philosophy sub-panel of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise of the Higher Education Funding Councils, which fund British universities.

Faculty and program expansion at the Law School is backed by the Robina Foundation, which provided a $6.1 million grant to support the new program on Law, Public Policy and Society.

The program is committed to innovative public policy research, transformation of the curriculum and teaching mission and training that generates visionary problem-solving skills.


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