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In November 2013 Professor Sir John Baker was awarded the Sutherland Prize of the American Society for Legal History. The prize, which is awarded annually, is for the best article on English legal history published in the previous year. The winning article was "Deeds Speak Louder Than Words: Covenants and the Law of Proof, 1290-1321" in Laws, Lawyers and Texts: Studies in Medieval Legal History in Honour of Paul Brand, ed. Susanne Jenks, Jonathan Rose and Christopher Whittick (2012). Sir John has also been elected an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn, putting him in the unusual position of being a bencher of two inns (he is also Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple).

In June 2013 Dr Kirsty Hughes was awarded the Wedderburn Prize (jointly with Jo Braithwaite, LSE), awarded by the Modern Law Review. Her article "A behavioural understanding of privacy and its implications for privacy law" M.L.R. 2012, 75(5), 806-836 presents a theory of privacy based on the behavioural approach of social interaction theory.  The Wedderburn Prize is named in honour of Lord Wedderburn of Charlton, who served as General Editor of the Review from 1971 to 1988. It is awarded annually for a contribution to that year's volume which in the opinion of the Editorial Committee is exemplary of the type of scholarship that The Modern Law Review aims to promote. In awarding this Prize, the Committee pays particular attention to the work of authors who are at a relatively early stage of their careers.

Two articles co-written by SJ Berwin Professor of Corporate Law Brian Cheffins were been included in the Corporate Practice Commentator's list of the ten best corporate and securities articles of 2012. The list was compiled on the basis of a survey of teachers in corporate and securities law. The two articles were "Delaware's Balancing Act", which was published in the Indiana Law Journal, and "Delaware Corporate Litigation and the Fragmentation of the Plaintiffs' Bar", which was published in the Columbia Business Law Review. Both were co-authored with John Armour of the Oxford Law Faculty and Bernard Black of Northwestern Law School. The articles were part of a larger project investigating the impact of changing litigation patterns on Delaware's position as the pre-eminent jurisdiction of incorporation in the United States.