EVENT: IALS – “Planning legislation: merely consolidated or completely overhauled?”

Posted June 5th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Speaker: Charles Mynors, Barrister (Francis Taylor Building)

There are now around 60 statutes in force dealing with town planning and related matters. It might seem to be obviously attractive to undertake a massive consolidation exercise. But how far should it go? What should be included? Should the new statutes codify principles developed by the courts clarifying the meaning of the statutory text? And what about actual changes? How much should be delegated to secondary legislation? What about definitions? Could there be a new on-line version? And why is the Government so reluctant to undertake consolidation? What are the lessons to be learnt from the tax law rewrite programme? ‘

Date: 8th June 2015, 6.00-7.00pm

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

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: IALS – Compassion and Law

Posted June 5th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This symposium will provide a forum for presentations and discussion on the relationships between law and compassion, focusing on the conceptual and theoretical approaches to compassion, and the relationship of compassion to litigation, judging and regulation, with particular concern to learn from critical interdisciplinary and socio-legal approaches.’

Date: 1st July 2015, 9.15am-4.45pm

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

Charge: SLSA Full Members: £59.00; SLSA Student Members: £30.00; Non-members: £79.00.

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EVENT: 1COR and JUSTICE Public Law Seminar – Public Law in an Age of Austerity

Posted June 4th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The landscape of public law is changing, with cuts to legal aid and new funding models restricting traditional access to judicial review remedies. But the need to challenge state decisions is undiminished. 1COR’s Public Law Team and JUSTICE bring you the latest on how to achieve access to justice for your client in the changing world of public law and judicial review.’

Date: 4th June 2015, 5.00-7.30pm

Location: Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: Gresham College – Civil Litigation: Should the rules be simpler?

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The address by Sir Stephen will explore the reasons why the rules of civil procedure are so long and complex, and whether it is desirable and practicable to simplify them, having regard in particular to the needs of litigants in person who are unfamiliar with the legal process.’

Date: 25th June 2015, 6.00pm

Location: Barnard’s Inn Hall

Charge: Free

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EVENT: LSE – Rhetoric and Reality: from Magna Carta to human rights today

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Magna Carta, sealed in 1215, has come to stand for the rule of law, curbs on executive power and the freedom to enjoy basic liberties. When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations in 1948, it was heralded as ‘a Magna Carta for all human-kind’. Yet in the year in which this medieval Charter’s 800th birthday is widely celebrated, the future of the UK’s commitment to international human rights standards is in doubt.’

Date: 10th June 2015, 6.30-8.00pm

Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Charge: Free

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EVENT: IALS – Law and the Ageing of Humankind (W G Hart Legal Workshop 2015)

Posted May 29th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The WG Hart Workshop 2015 on “Law and the Ageing of Humankind” brings scholars and practitioners together to explore legal responses to the challenges arising from the ‘greying’ of the population and the demands of inter-generational equity. It will ask whether we need a new category of ‘Elder Law’, and perhaps an older persons’ rights convention. Papers will examine developments in domestic laws in various countries (including China, Israel and Germany), developments at European level, internationally and in human rights law. The programme is grouped around themes concerning the human rights of older persons; the recognition of relational issues (such as the protection of friendships and grand-parenting roles); rights to, and within, institutional care (including the role of the Care Standards Tribunal); vulnerability; age discrimination; property, inheritance and taxation issues; and medical decision-making at the end of life.’

Date: 22nd-23rd June 2015

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

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT: The Alternative Magna Carta Festival

Posted May 28th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘On Saturday 13 June, in the centre of Clerkenwell, 500 people will gather to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. This Alternative Celebration will recognise the importance of Magna Carta in curtailing the powers of the executive, and challenge and appraise modern Britain’s attitude to civil liberties. There will be poets, writers, artists, social activists, MPs, human rights lawyers and dissidents – for the Magna Carta celebration with teeth – and where better than Clerkenwell, London’s historic centre of dissent?’

Date: 13th June 2015

Location: Clerkenwell, London

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT – The Guardian – Jeremy Hutchinson & Alan Rusbridger: The case for liberty

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Jeremy Hutchinson was the greatest criminal barrister of the 1960s, 70s and 80s and his cases through that period changed society forever. From the sex and spying scandals that brought down Macmillan’s government, to his defence of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger talks to Jeremy about the cases that defined an era.’

Date: 8th June 2015, 7.00-8.30pm

Location: Kings Place, London N1 9AG

Charge: £25

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EVENT: LSE – What Has the Magna Carta Ever Done for Us?

Posted May 11th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘What’s so great about the Magna Carta? In all the frenzy of celebration, LSE Law academics will sound a few warnings against hype.’

Date: 1st June 2015, 6.30-8.00pm

Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Charge: Free

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EVENT: LSE – In Conversation with Sir Stephen Sedley

Posted May 7th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘As part of LSE’s Legal Biography Project, Sir Ross Cranston will interview Sir Stephen Sedley on his life and career in the law. After a distinguished career as one of Britain’s leading barristers, Sir Stephen was appointed a high court judge in 1992, and a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1999. During his twelve years on the Court of Appeal, he made a significant contribution to the development of many areas of modern English law, particularly in public law. He has also written widely on English law and the constitution, and is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.’

Date: 19th May 2015, 6.30-8.00pm

Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT: Discrimination Law Association Annual Conference 2015

Posted April 24th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This year’s DLA conference will take place in London on Monday 26th October 2015. The keynote speaker will be Judge Brian Doyle, President of the Employment Tribunals (England & Wales).’

Date: 26th October 2015

Location: Baker & Mackenzie solicitor

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT: The Law Society – Public debate series: Human rights and the theatre of war

Posted March 20th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This debate will discuss questions such as:

Is there an increasing number of legal claims being brought against the MoD under human rights law?
Does the application of civilian norms to military conduct lead to a surge in claims?
Should rules of engagement be subject to the same laws as those applied to civilians in non-conflict situations?
Is there an appropriate balance between legal protections of those whose human rights have been violated and protecting the public?’

Date: 5th May 2015, 6.00-8.45pm

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

Charge: Free

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EVENT: The Law Society – The life and times of the Human Rights Act

Posted March 19th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘How do you guarantee effective human rights within the UK system of government? Has the Human Rights Act struck the right balance? Why has the Act become a political football?

At this event Jonathan Cooper will provide a serious analysis of the life and times of the Human Rights Act. The talk will cover a wide-ranging review of the Human Rights Act’s past, present and its future. No doubt there will be a few ghosts knocking about.’

Date: 23rd March 2015, 6.00-8.00pm

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

Charge: Free

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EVENT: The Law Society – Civil Justice Section spring conference – The business of civil litigation

Posted March 19th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Join expert speakers for a detailed examination of some of the current hot topics for litigators. This is an opportunity to learn, be inspired and get ahead for 2015.’

Date: 29th April 2015, 3.30-6.45pm

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

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT: IALS – Open Justice and Open Secrets: The Cultural Afterlife of Criminal Evidence

Posted March 19th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This presentation examines the cultural afterlife of criminal evidence. It explores what happens to the evidence tendered in criminal proceedings after the conclusion of the trial, or during the trial but outside the courtroom. Formally regarded as part of the court record, and subject to the rules of evidence within the trial, beyond the trial this material has aroused the interest of artists, publishers, historians, curators and journalists who wish to access and use this material for a wide range of purposes, some of which might be transgressive, dangerous or insensitive.’

Date: 13th May 2015, 6.00-8.00pm

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

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: The Law Society – Graham Turnbull Lecture 2015

Posted March 19th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Every year the Law Society holds a human rights essay competition this year the title was
‘The roots of many of our basic rights go back to the Magna Carta whose 800th Anniversary is being celebrated in 2015. Given this important legacy, to what extent would proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights impact on the protection of human rights in the UK and around the world?’’

Date: 16th April 2015, 6.30-8.30pm

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

Charge: Free

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EVENT: King’s College London – Combating Climate Change: What Law Demands

Posted March 19th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘It may seem that, in the absence of explicit treaties, states have no legal obligations to curb their greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, if emissions continue on their present trajectory, the harms they cause will reach catastrophic proportions, putting the human rights of billions of people in jeopardy. International human rights law is legally binding on states, which are, therefore, not free to continue business as usual. But how much do human rights and other sources of law, in particular tort law, require each state to do to reduce emissions, even in the absence of a specific treaty? A group of legal experts from around the world has answered this question, producing a set of Principles, setting out existing obligations regarding the climate, along with a detailed legal Commentary. These documents may help judges decide whether particular governments are in compliance with their legal obligations to address climate change. The principles may also serve many other purposes, for example they may strengthen the bargaining position of poor countries by pointing to far-reaching obligations of wealthy countries.’

Date: 30th March 2015, 6.00-8.00pm

Location: SW1.17 East Wing Somerset House

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: IALS – The Consequences for criminal law of an EU exit. Are we walking blindly into the unknown?

Posted March 19th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘We have been promised a referendum on EU membership by at least one political party in the event that they gain a majority at the next election. But, from a criminal law perspective, what considerations should inform our decision – what might we lose and what might we gain?

Speakers:

Prof John Spencer, Cambridge University;
Prof Estella Baker, De Montfort University;
Mike Kennedy, former Chair of Eurojust;
Prof Steve Peers, Essex University.’

Date: 29th April 2015, 3.00-6.30pm

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

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: IALS – The Islamic Marriage Conundrum, Conflicts of Recognition

Posted March 19th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The inclusion or exclusion of Islamic law within the English legal frame has been a matter of huge controversy for almost a decade. Since the Archbishop of Canterbury’s famous lecture on the ‘Civil and Religious Law in England: a religious perspective’ in 2008, this issue has received great media coverage along with the creation of multiple research fora in Academia, political institutions and within the diverse British Muslim communities. It recently was the object of further controversy following the publication of guidelines by the Law Society for the drafting of Sharia compliant wills, which have now been publicly withdrawn, as well as the declarations of Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips as to the possible application of Islamic law to resolve disputes among Muslims.

Although this issue has already been widely commented and researched through multiple reports and research articles, it surprisingly remains evasive as to its purely legal aspect. Indeed, the place of Islamic law within the English legal frame is by nature multi-faceted and touches upon social, religious, political as well as legal issues, covering topics as different as that of marriage, divorce, maintenance and inheritance. The legal basis for the application of Sharia also proves to be ambiguous: contractual, statutory, in application of freedom of religion provisions? Moreover, in which forum is or should it apply: arbitration or mediation tribunals, such as the so-called Sharia Councils, or English Courts?

This symposium seeks to draw attention to only one of those issues: non-registered marriages between British Muslims in front of English jurisdictions. It proposes to survey the question of their possible recognition, and the latter’s subsequent legal basis. It consists of two panels. First, a survey on the application of Islamic law in English Courts in the context of Private International Law and the problem as well as new questions raised by UK non-registered Muslim marriages, whilst drawing attention from a comparative perspective of the possible incorporation of Islamic law within a secular legal frame (India). Secondly, the current English legal scenario from a practitioner’s angle, its advantages, limits and possible reforms.’

Date: 9th May 2015, 10.00am-4.00pm

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

Charge: Full Rate: £75.00. Student Rate: £45.00.

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EVENT: Modern Law Review 2015 Chorley Lecture – Law as information in the era of data-driven agency

Posted March 18th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Speaker:
Professor Mireille Hildebrandt
Associate Professor of Jurisprudence at the Erasmus School of Law and Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen.’

Date: 18th June 2015, 6.00pm

Location: Shaw Library, Old Building, London School of Economics

Charge: Free

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