The University of Law (ULaw) has awarded an Honorary Doctorate to Eran Cutliffe, OBE, Specialist Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Eran will receive the doctorate during a graduation ceremony for more than 1,400 students held at the Barbican in London today.
The Specialist Prosecutor in the Central Casework Division, who is a ULaw alumna, started her career with the CPS in 2006.
In August 2018, Eran featured in a documentary “The Prosecutors”. The documentary featured two of her most famous cases. Both cases made national headlines as they broke new legal ground.
The first showed how Eran secured custodial sentences for 11 men and a woman who used drones to fly psychoactive substances, drugs and weapons into nine prisons across the country.
The second was a high profile modern slavery case where scores of vulnerable and underage Vietnamese teenagers were smuggled into the UK hidden in containers and forced to work in nail bars across the country.
Eran, who is registered as blind, received an OBE for services to law and order in the 2019 New Year’s Honours.
Eran Cutliffe said: “It is a real privilege to be awarded such a prestigious accolade from The University of Law. I think in many respects I am more than a little overwhelmed but thrilled that work conducted in the Criminal Justice System is being recognised.
Asked if she had any advice for ULaw’s graduating students, Eran said: ”Life as a practitioner initially can seem overwhelming but somehow it gradually seems like a more comfortable fit. Work hard to be good at whatever it is you choose to do and define your path in the profession in your own way. Find your own voice and don’t be frightened to use it and stand up for what you think is right.”
Professor Andrea Nollent, Vice-Chancellor and CEO, said: “It is my privilege to award an Honorary Doctorate to Eran in recognition of her incredible work with the CPS. She is an outstanding and inspiring role model for our graduating students.”