EVENT: RSA – Prison Reform at a Crossroads

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The prison reform agenda in the UK has reached a critical stage of development with new legislation expected in the coming months and the expansion of the ‘Reform Prisons’ model which gives governors greater freedoms.

Nils Öberg will join Rachel O’Brien, who has led the RSA’s work on prisons, to share his experience in prisons and probation – the results, challenges and what the reform agenda in the UK can learn from this.’

Date: 8th March 2017, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: Great Room Auditorium, RSA House

Charge: Free, booking required

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EVENT: University of Westminister – Righting Wrongs: Enforcing Human Rights, Administering International Criminal Justice Conference

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Westminster Law School are pleased to host a conference exploring the connections between human rights and international criminal justice from the perspective of the institutions of international criminal justice, canvassing academic, practitioner and advocacy vantage points. In particular, this conference seeks to untangle the relationship between international human rights law and international criminal law in the investigation, prosecution and judgment of international crimes.

We are delighted to welcome academics, practitioners and civil society participants to Westminster for the conference, including:

Professor Rob Cryer, University of Birmingham,
Rogier Bartels, Legal Officer in Chambers of the International Criminal Court and
Edward Jeremy, Trial Lawyer in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court’

Date: 10th March 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm

Location: Portland Hall, University of Westminster, 4-12 Little Titchfield Street (Westminster Law School, Regent Library)

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: IALS – The Bubble Reputation: Protecting, Inflating, Deflating and Preserving It

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Speaker: James Michael, Senior Associate Research Fellow, IALS; Chair, IALS Information Law and Policy Centre

Chair: Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC

Does, or should, everyone have a right to a reputation, and if so, should that be the reputation that is desired, deserved, or created? If there is a right to a reputation, should it be malleable to the point of infinity, to be extended, amended, or deleted? And is a posthumous reputation the property of the dead, the next of kin, or a larger community? Cases and statutes from various jurisdictions give varying answers, sometimes reflecting national and regional cultural and historical differences, but the contrasts may point the way for international standards.’

Date: 8th March 2017, 6.00-8.00pm

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Charge: Free, booking required

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EVENT: The Law Society – Encouraging more diversity among the Law Society’s Council, committees and Divisions

Posted February 21st, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Law Society is keen to encourage greater diversity in the composition of its Council policy committees and Divisions. For example, we believe that women, BAME, LGBT and younger solicitors and solicitors with disabilities are under represented on the Council, which is the elected governing body of the Law Society and sets policy on behalf of the profession. A similar pattern holds true for recruitment to the specialist committees that advise on specific areas of the law. Opportunities also exist for members to play a pro active role on our Divisions committees.’

Date: 21st March 2017, 5.30-8.30pm

Location: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Charge: Free, booking required

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EVENT: UCL – Taking Flight – Domestic Violence and Child Abduction

Posted February 21st, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Increasing concerns that victims of domestic violence, who flee the country with their children, are effectively being forced, under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, to return to face their abusers, led to calls for a Protocol to the Convention which would make special provision for such cases. Instead, however, the Hague Conference on Private International Law has established a Working Group with the aim of developing a Guide to Good Practice in relation to article 13(1)(b) of the Convention. This provides an exception to the automatic return of children to their country of habitual residence required by article 12, where there is a grave risk that their return would expose them to physical or psychological harm or otherwise place them in an intolerable situation.’

Date: 16th March 2017, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: Birkbeck School Of Law – Criminology Series: Hillsborough: Resisting Injustice, Uncovering Truth

Posted February 21st, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

’15 April 1989: an inescapable crush on the terraces at Hillsborough Stadium at an FA Cup Semi-Final led to the deaths of 96 men, women and children. Hundreds of Liverpool fans were injured, thousands traumatised. Throughout the investigations and inquiries, those who died and survived were vilified amid police allegations of drunkenness, violence, criminal and abusive behaviour. The families’ unrelenting campaign for truth recovery led to disclosure of all existing documents to an Independent Panel. Its definitive report revealed institutional mendacity, corrupted evidence and partial investigation. This brought an unreserved Government apology, an ongoing criminal investigation into all agencies involved and an unprecedented IPCC investigation into 2,000 police officers. It also led to new inquests, commencing March 2014 through to 2016. Author of the highly acclaimed Hillsborough: The Truth, Phil Scraton, Professor of Criminology, Queen’s University, headed the Panel’s research and was primary author of its report. He has also been advisor to the families’ legal teams throughout the inquests. In this talk he reflects on the long-term campaign for truth, details the Panel’s extensive findings and analyses the new inquests and their outcome. Finally, he examines the impact of his critical research and truth recovery for challenging institutional injustice and holding State institutions to account.’

Date: 9th March 2017, 6.00-7.30pm

Location: 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: IALS – Governing Shadow Banking

Posted February 21st, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This conference brings together a number of experts in the UK, US and Europe to discuss what shadow banking means and the implications for financial sector governance and regulation of both mainstream and alternative institutions and activities, which by 2014 had grown to an estimated USD$75 trillion in assets held by non-bank financial intermediary institutions.’

Date: 24th March 2017, 9.00am-4.00pm

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT: Refugee Law Initiative – EU Law and the Politics of ‘Mass Influx’

Posted February 21st, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Common European Asylum System is strongly focused on the individual asylum-seeker, and the coercive regulation of her predicament and processing. In contrast, international refugee policy has long been engaged with the concept of ‘mass influx’, reflecting the realities of flight, in particular from conflict. Several EXCOM Conclusions recommend practices to be adopted in such instances. Aside from the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive, the concept of ‘mass influx’ and the practices surrounding it have little traction in EU law and policy. This talk will contextualise and problematize the concept of ‘mass influx’, and suggest that notwithstanding its many shortcomings, global refugee policy sets out important standards that are lacking in EU law.’

Date: 2nd March 2017, 6.00-8.00pm

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (Council Chamber), 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: The British Library – The Idler Presents: In Praise of Unusual Libraries

Posted February 20th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘A live event with Tom Hodgkinson of The Idler. He is joined by Meirian Jump of the Marx Memorial Library and Workers’ School in Clerkenwell, Peter Francis of Gladstone’s Residential Library in North Wales, and Sara Wingate-Gray, UCL academic and the Itinerant Poetry Librarian. Learn about these refuges for quiet study and help plan more libraries.

In association with The Idler.’

Date: 17th March 2017, 7.00-8.30

Location: Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT: United Nations Association – Should we be worried about the health of international law?

Posted February 20th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Making rules and adhering to them has underpinned the course of the United Nations and international relations more generally since 1945. Some States have not respected these and situations have arisen where adherence to these rules were dismissed but this had limited impact on the rules themselves. They were a violation of the rules, rather than a challenge to them. But some argue that they must now fight for the rules themselves, a cause they never anticipated.’

Date: 7th March 2017, 6.30-8.00pm

Location: Brunei Lecture Theatre, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0AL

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: The Law Society – Youth Justice Advocacy Course / Youth Court Advocacy

Posted February 20th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This training has been developed in partnership with the Law Society and is an essential course for all solicitors who will be appearing in the youth court.

The course provides an overview of youth-specific criminal law from the police station to the youth court. The training will cover key topics such as out of court disposals, bail and remand, jurisdiction, adaptations to the trial process and youth sentencing. The course will introduce participants to the underlying principles of youth justice and international children’s rights law. This knowledge will be embedded through interactive exercises and case studies.

Participants will learn about child development and the learning difficulties, mental health difficulties and communication needs that affect children and young people in the criminal justice system. The course will also provide an introduction to fitness to plead and effective participation as well as modifications and adaptations to the court process, including intermediaries. The course will enable participants to identify needs and vulnerabilities and how these are properly addressed to ensure a child receives a fair trial.’

Date: 2nd March 2017, 9.00am-5.00pm

Location: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT: SOAS – Centenary Lecture: Ms Hina Jilani, human rights lawyer

Posted February 20th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Baroness Valerie Amos CH will share a conversation with Hina Jilani discussing the right to defend human rights and the situation of human rights defenders globally.’

Date: 16th March 2017, 7.00-9.00pm

Location: The Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: The Law Society – Settle While You Can: Judicial Incentives to Encourage Settlement

Posted February 20th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

This roundtable aims to reunite researchers, judges and policymakers in order to explore the current instruments judges have and use in encouraging settlements. For the purposes of this discussion, settlement is seen as broadly as possible:

dispute resolution between parties in civil cases, both in and out-of-court (but court-related) (e.g. court mediation schemes, early neutral evaluation, part 36 offers, costs sanctions);
agreements and negotiations in criminal cases (e.g. encouragement of plea bargaining, advance sentence indications, restorative justice);
technological innovations (e.g. online dispute resolution).
The roundtable was inspired by an international research project funded by the European Research Council, which currently takes place in England and Wales, Israel and Italy. The project aims to explore the different policies, instruments and practices judges can use in resolving and containing disputes, as well as in minimising court proceedings.

Diana Richards, IALS Associate Research Fellow, was the UK research lead in this project in 2015/2016. She will open the session with a short presentation of results of the preliminary mapping of settlement instruments currently found in England and Wales. They will serve as starting points for the roundtable.

Date: 22nd March 2017, 6.00-8.00pm

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Charge: Free, booking required

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EVENT: The Law Society – Stress in the Legal Profession: A New Approach

Posted February 20th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘A joint event from the Law Society and Being Lawyers

Rising stress levels among lawyers show no sign of slowing down, despite an increased focus on wellbeing and mental health in the legal profession in recent years.

Key questions remain:
How can we open up a dialogue about stress? What is the lasting solution to stress? How can you stop treating the symptoms of your stress and start tackling it at its root cause?

This seminar seeks to answer these questions. It is designed to encourage you to open up about the challenges you face and to support you in having a new way of relating to stress so that you can perform at your best without the risk of burnout.’

Date: 30th March 2017, 2.00-5.00pm

Location: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Charge: Free, booking required

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EVENT: The Law Society – Women, Doing It Differently – Celebrating International Women’s Day 2017

Posted February 20th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘We will be hosting a panel with some of the most forward thinking firms and professionals to discuss how best we can all be bold for gender equality on International Women’s Day and beyond.

If you feel at a dead end with tackling gender equality and need some inspiration to move the conversation forward then sign up!

We will be discussing the best technological advances helping carers work flexibly, the work allocation system that tries to eliminate bias and the most up to the minute leadership and inclusion training.’

Date: 7th March 2017, 6.15-9.00pm

Location: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Charge: Free, booking required

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EVENT: IALS – Brewing Legal Times: Things, Form and the Enactment of Law

Posted February 20th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Chair: Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, IALS

Author: Dr Emily Grabham, University of Kent

Commentators:

Professor Marie Andree Jacob, Keele Law School
Professor Amade M’charek, Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam
Professor Alain Pottage, Professor of Law, London School of Economics’

Date: 21st March 2017, 4.00-6.00pm

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: Queen Mary – Friday Lecture Series: David Manley

Posted February 20th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Multinational companies dominate the oil, gas and mining industries. They manage complex networks of subsidiaries across the world. Tax abuses have received a lot of publicity recently. This talk will consider the challenges of a tax administrator in a developing country and international efforts to combat this problem.’

Date: 10th March 2017, 12.30-13.30pm

Location: Room 3.1, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: Lincoln’s Inn’s Euro Group Presents a “Brains Trust”

Posted February 20th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘With the Government’s policy a little bit clearer, it is now possible to discuss some of the legal aspects of Brexit. We bring together three EU legal experts: Sir Alan Dashwood KCMG QC, emeritus professor of European Law at Cambridge, formerly legal director at the Council of Ministers, Professor Derrick Wyatt QC of Oxford, and co author with Sir Alan of the leading EU law textbook and, not least, Sir Christopher Bellamy QC, former judge of the Court of First Instance, Luxembourg, first President of the Competition Appeals Tribunal and now global chairman of Linklaters competition practice, to form a “brains trust” to discuss and answer questions on any aspect of Brexit.’

Date: 23rd March 2017, 5.30-7.30pm

Location: The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, 33 Chancery Lane, Rolls Passage, London WC2A 1EN

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: IALS – The Future of Legislation: the impact of technology

Posted February 20th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Speaker: Professor Richard Susskind OBE’

Date: 20th March 2017, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Charge: Free, booking required

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EVENT: The Inner Temple – The Social Context of the Law Lecture Series: Lecture 1

Posted February 17th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Two leading experts give their differing views on the constitutional foundations of what we understand Europe to be, including a philosophical and historical perspective. An analysis of human rights from the eighteenth century to present day, identifying rights which have evolved from the English law and which are recognised in the human rights law we see today.

The RT Hon Sir Konrad Shiemann
Former Judge of the European Court of Justice

Professor Sir Roger Scruton FBA FRSL
English philosopher and broadcaster

Moderated by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, leading international human rights and war crimes barrister and former Gresham Professor of Law.’

Date: 20th February 2017, 5.45pm

Location: Parliament Chamber, Inner Temple

Charge: Free to members; Non-members £10 per ticket

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