The Many Beginnings of Philip Aneurin Thomas

Linda Mulcahy*

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    This volume pays tribute to the many achievements of Philip Aneurin Thomas. When asked to write a biographical account of his life, I was struck by how many beginnings Phil had been involved in. Early experiences in the United States and East Africa made him part of an important group of scholars who brought new ways of thinking about law and the law school to the United Kingdom in the 1970s. He was there at the beginning of the socio-legal movement, making a major contribution to the multi-disciplinary research environment that socio-legal scholars now take for granted, and instrumental in establishing a number of institutions, including this journal. Finally, his personal and academic trajectory cannot be fully understood without an understanding of the importance of his being Welsh and a committed socialist.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S191-S208
    JournalJournal of Law and Society
    Issue numberS2
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


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