American Bar Foundation (ABF) Research Professor Terence C. Halliday has been awarded the 2020 Harry J. Kalven Jr. Prize from the Law and Society Association (LSA). The prize is awarded for “empirical scholarship that has contributed most effectively to the advancement of research in law and society.”
In addition to his position as Research Professor at the ABF, Halliday is also Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and Honorary Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Adam Podgerecki Prize for Career Achievement in the Sociology of Law and Sociolegal Scholarship (2013), and multiple prizes from the American Sociological Association and Asian Law and Society Association.
Halliday has made important contributions to the comparative and historical sociology and politics of legal professions. In a series of books with Lucien Karpik, Malcolm Feeley, and many country specialists, he advanced the particularly influential theory that a “legal complex” frequently is in the vanguard of struggles for political liberalism—a moderate state, core civil rights and basic legal freedoms—as a discrete but professionally valued good, research extended in the politics of lawyers in 21st century China (Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work, Cambridge, 2016, with Sida Liu).
Halliday’s second area of major scholarly achievement is his body of work on law and globalization. Bankrupt: Global Lawmaking and Systemic Financial Crisis (Stanford University Press, 2009, with Bruce Carruthers) is a path-breaking study of the recursivity of global lawmaking between the global and national following the Asian Financial Crisis, a line of research extended to an intensive study of global lawmakers in the UN (Global Lawmakers: International Organizations in the Crafting of World Markets, Cambridge 2018, with Susan Block-Lieb) and a series of empirical and theoretical studies addressing transnational legal ordering (e.g., Transnational Legal Orders, Cambridge 2015, with Gregory Shaffer) in relation to constitution-making, human rights, criminal justice, economic law, private law and fiduciary law.
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