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Colleague from the School of Law awarded George Soros Visiting Chair

(23 May 2017)

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at the Central European University (CEU) has awarded Professor Judith Aldridge, School of Law, the George Soros Visiting Chair. In addition to teaching a two-credit elective course, Judith will give a public lecture and advise students on their research projects.

The George Soros Visiting Chair is awarded to scholars or practitioners who have ‘demonstrated outstanding achievement or a distinguished record of participation in the academic, professional, journalistic, political, or civic world of public policy’.

Judith was recognised for her extensive research on drug use, drug policy, and drug markets. Her recent work focuses on online drug cryptomarkets (also known as ‘darknet’ drug markets) where drug sellers and buyers are able, as she notes, “to transact anonymously yet in plain sight of law enforcement.” She has authored or co-authored more than 70 publications (including three books) and has acted in an expert capacity to the Council of Europe, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and the European Commission.

Judith said: “The Central European University is a truly global institution. Its School of Public Policy engages students with innovative teaching and research aimed at understanding global social problems and policy solutions, and I look forward to working alongside SPP's students and faculty.”

The Central European University offers English-language master's and doctoral programs in the social sciences, the humanities, law, management and public policy.