Professor Norma Dawson awarded honorary degree by Edinburgh Law School
Norma Dawson, professor of law emeritus at Queen’s University Belfast, was awarded the honorary degree of LLD by the University of Edinburgh during the Law School graduation ceremony yesterday.
A distinguished scholar, she is best known for her work on property law, trademarks, and legal history. She taught one of the earliest courses on intellectual property in a UK university. She has recently published a book on the modern legal history of treasure.
Professor Dawson has a notable record of service. She is past president of the Irish Legal History Society (which awarded her its gold medal in 2022), and has served on the judicial commission of Northern Ireland, as an honorary Bencher of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland, and as a trustee of the Hamlyn Trust.
She has served on the Broadcasting Council of Northern Ireland, the Judicial Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, and as a governor of Victoria College. In 2017, she was awarded the CBE for services to legal education and the legal profession. She has been an honorary professor in Edinburgh since 2018. A former colleague described her as “welcoming … helpful… and wise”.