Professor Robert Cryer

2nd Aug 1974 – 3rd Jan 2021

Robert Cryer

A Life in Law

and a Law unto himself

We greatly miss Professor Rob Cryer, who passed away in 2020 at the age of forty-six. We aim to channel this loss, those missings, into an event, and a book, that celebrates his oeuvre, research, mentorship, teaching, insights, idiosyncrasy, laughter, vim, and wit. 

Rob Cryer at a conference

We plan an eclectic conference that will feature: ‘traditional’ panels; conversations about law, life, and Rob; musings, music, and meditations; and literature and reminiscing. We are interested in papers that reflect upon Rob’s scholarly writing in and from all areas of law, but also his pedagogy; and his distinctive combinations of playfulness, precision, palavering…

Submissions can be traditional law journal looking-like-papers or ones that take different forms. Contributions will be reviewed by a committee that has convened to make this event happen. We are confident that following the conference the papers (for those who wish to publish) will be published in an edited Festschrift with a major press. We intend to do so and will make this happen.

The Conference

June 29th 2023 – July 1st 2023

The conference will be held in Birmingham UK, where Rob was based for the last 14 years of his life.

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Robert Cryer

International Law

PHD Prize

Birmingham Law School and Cambridge University Press are still mourning the untimely loss of Robert Cryer, Professor of International and Criminal Law, a true friend and colleague.

To honour the memory and legacy of our friend and colleague, Birmingham Law School and Cambridge University Press are instituting an annual prize for the best PhD thesis in international law.

PhD/doctoral theses in the identified areas defended in the calendar year 2020.

The winner will receive £500 in CUP books.