Professor Nelken, Visiting Professor of Criminology at the Faculty of Law, has been honoured by the Law and Society Association (LSA) and will be presented with the 2013 laureate of the Association for Law and Society International Prize at the LSA annual meeting in Boston in May 2013.

The Law and Society Association International Prize is offered to a scholar, normally in residence outside the United States, in recognition of significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field of law and society. The Committee has chosen to recognise Professor Nelken's "outstanding record of publications in sociology of law, comparative law, criminal comparative law, judiciaries, and law and society theory, along a glorious and path breaking career as a scholar of law and society." The Committee recognised his position as "one of the most distinguished international scholars of law and society ever".

Professor  Nelken received a PhD in Criminology from the Cambridge Institute of Criminology before teaching at the University of Edinburgh and University College London. In 1990 he moved to Italy where he is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Macerata. Widely published, David's criminological work mainly focuses on white collar crime and comparative criminal justice (overlapping with sociology of law and comparative law).Whilst in Oxford  Professor Nelken is teaching  a course on the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Centre for Criminology on "Comparative Criminology".

Founded in 1964 the Law and Society Association is a group of scholars from a range of academic fields from around the world, interested in the place of law in social, political, economic and cultural life. Members bring expertise in law, sociology, political science, psychology, anthropology, economics, history, and geography as well as in other related areas to the study of socio-legal phenomena. The Association publishes the Law & Society Review, sponsors annual conferences and educational workshops and fosters the development of academic programmes in law and society around the world.