Dr. Tiyanjana Maluwa, School of International Affairs Director and the Law School's Associate Dean for International Affairs, attended the annual meeting of the International Jury of the 2010 Stockholm Prize in Criminology held in the Swedish capital on June 13, 2010. The meeting preceded the award ceremony for this year's winner, Professor David Weisburd, which took place at the Stockholm City Hall on June 15. Dr. Weisburd, a professor at the Hebrew University in Israel and George Mason University, was awarded the 2010 Stockholm Prize in Criminology in recognition of a series of experiments he conducted showing that intensified police patrol at high crime ''hot spots'' results in far less total crime than conventional patrol patterns do.
“Serving on this jury gives us a front row seat to the most recent developments and the finest minds in criminology research,” said Maluwa, who is also the H. Laddie Montague Chair in Law at Penn State Law. “It is an honor to take part in this exercise.”
The Stockholm Prize in Criminology, now in its fifth year, is awarded for outstanding achievements in criminological research or for the application of research results by practitioners for reduction of crime and advancement of human rights. The jury is independent and international, consisting of eleven members representing leading practitioners and academics in criminology and related fields. Professor Maluwa is a founding member of the jury and was invited to join in recognition of his internationally acknowledged expertise in human rights and international criminal justice.
The jury noted that Dr. Weisburd has been a leader among the growing number of criminologists whose evidence shows how the application of research findings can help to reduce not only crime, but also the unnecessary impositions on public liberty from policing activities that do not address a predictable crime risk. The evidence from research conducted by Dr. Weisburd and his colleagues in the United States encourages police around the world to concentrate crime prevention efforts at less than five percent of all street corners and addresses where over 50 percent of all urban crime occurs.
Professor Maluwa shares insights at Norman Manley Law School
Earlier this year, on March 9, Professor Maluwa delivered the inaugural Norman Manley Distinguished Lecture before a group of 300 specially invited guests, staff members, and students at the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica. In a wide-ranging address, Professor Maluwa offered insights on the challenges of the globalization of legal education under the title: "Legal Education in the Age of Globalization: What can the Caribbean Learn from Others?"
In his lecture, Professor Maluwa recommended that greater attention be paid to the cross-border implications of various subjects and topics on the law school curriculum, the need to embrace interdisciplinary in the teaching of law, and the cultural features of particular societies. He also stressed the importance of new thinking on the part of legal scholars and administrators. Among the guests in attendance were the President of the Jamaican Court of Appeal, current and former chief justices of Jamaica, judges, and senior members of the Jamaican bar.