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In Memoriam: Dwijen Rangnekar

The University is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Dwijen Rangnekar, an Associate Professor in the School of Law, who sadly passed away on 30 October 2015.

Dwijen was a highly respected, well-liked colleague in the School of Law. He joined the University in October 2003 as a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation before being promoted to Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor. His research interests lay in agricultural intellectual property rights, latterly focusing on genetic based resources and gene-based inventions. His work had a significant impact on the policies of the UN Conference on Trade & Development and his ESRC-funded project on Feni had attracted wide attention. Dwijen was also popular with our students who valued his engaging teaching style and he will be greatly missed by his colleagues and students alike. Since his death many people have been in touch with the School from across the globe to pay tribute to his generosity of spirit, his brilliant scholarship and his capacity for friendship.

In his memory, the conference Beyond Development: New Imaginaries of Law and Social Justice being organised by Sam Adelman and Abdul Paliwala and taking place next April will be dedicated to Dwijen.

Dwijen Rangnekar