EVENT: The Trial of Macbeth

Posted February 26th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘What if everything you knew about Macbeth was challenged?

Could a line-up of top QCs change his fate?

Following the 2011 sell-out Trial of Romeo, Shakespeare Schools Festival return to the courtroom putting a killer cast of actors – including Christopher Eccleston, Haydn Gwynne and David Oakes – in the box to be questioned by the stars of the bar – John Kelsey-Fry QC, Jonathan Laidlaw QC, Dinah Rose QC, and Ian Winter QC.

Jeremy Paxman chairs the jury and High Court judge Sir Michael Burton keeps order during this unforgettable fundraising event.’

Date: 8th March 2015, 7.00pm

Location: Noel Coward Theatre

Charge: see website for details

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EVENT: British Library – Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy

Posted February 24th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Foundation of democracy or rallying cry for modern rights? One of the world’s most famous documents, Magna Carta has inspired some of today’s fundamental liberties. Yet it started as a practical solution to a political crisis 800 years ago.

Since 1215, Magna Carta has evolved from a political agreement to an international symbol of freedom. Uncover the story of how its power has been used – and abused – from its genesis through to today’s popular culture, in the largest exhibition ever staged about this world-famous document.

Explore centuries of dramatic history, from King John, medieval battles, revolution, wars, empire and the struggle for the right to vote, right up to today’s satirical commentaries Together, for this once-in-a-lifetime moment, are the iconic documents and artefacts that tell the story of Magna Carta: stunning manuscripts, paintings, statues, royal relics and two of the four original 1215 Magna Carta documents, Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and one of the original copies of the US Bill of Rights, both on display in the UK for the first time, together with stunning manuscripts, paintings, statues and royal relics.

Discover the history, and challenge the myth, of one of the world’s most famous documents.’

Date: 13th March – 1st September 2015

Location: PACCAR Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Charge: see website for details

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EVENT: Keep Calm and Talk Law – The Future of the ECtHR

Posted February 19th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘“Are we … prepared to contemplate the gradual emergence of a court [the ECHR] with the equivalent jurisdiction throughout Europe of that enjoyed by the Supreme Court in the United States of America?”

(Lord Judge, ‘Constitutional Change: Unfinished Business’, 4th December 2013)

In the May 2015 General Election, the way forward for Human Rights is a key differentiator between the major parties’ manifestos. Most notably, the Conservative Party wish to scrap the Human Rights Act 1998 and leave the European Convention on Human Rights, in favour of a ‘homegrown’ Bill of Rights.

What should the future be for the European Court of Human Rights? Do we want a powerful European Court with power equivalent to that enjoyed by the US Supreme Court?
Our panellists come together to discuss this burning issue.

The panel for the evening includes:
• Adam Wagner (1 Crown Office Row, UK Human Rights Blog);
• Angela Patrick (Director of Human Rights Policy, JUSTICE);
• Kirsty Brimelow QC (Doughty Street Chambers); and
• Jon Holbrook (Barrister & Writer for Spiked).

Date: 4th March 2015, 6.00-7.30pm

Location: Atkin Building Lecture Theatre, City Law School – Gray’s Inn.

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: The British Academy – Racial Discrimination and Criminal Justice in the EU

Posted February 11th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The 2012 convictions for the murder of Stephen Lawrence again brought into sharp focus the problematic interaction between racial discrimination and criminal justice. However, this is not just a British problem. Join a panel of leading voices from politics, academia and legal practice to as they explore issues at the nexus of race, EU law and policing.’

Date: 9th July 2015, 6-7.30pm

Location: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Charge: Free

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EVENT: The British Academy – The Race Relations Act @ 50

Posted February 11th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Convenors: Dr Iyiola Solanke, University of Leeds, and Mr Patrick Maddams, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

It is now 50 years since the introduction of the first Race Relations Act in 1965. Race relations in Britain have come a very long way since cases like the Scala Ballroom and the Smethwick by-election of 1964. There is much room for celebration – Britain is arguably the EU member state to have made the greatest strides towards racial equality in many professions – from the police to politics. Yet there is also plenty upon which to reflect: the last 50 years have included the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence. Police are 28 times more likely to stop and search black men: yet less than 3% of stops lead to an arrest. Employment agencies no longer accept ‘discriminatory vacancies’ but unemployment levels for Black Britons are much higher than their white peers – in 2011, 39.1% of black women aged 16-24 were unemployed. 2015 offers a unique moment to reflect upon legal action to prevent and remedy racial discrimination, as well as think forward and consider what may need to be done to continue this work successfully until 2065.

Speakers include:
Mr Paul Abbey, First Aliance Finland
Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, School of Oriental and African Studies
Dr Ama Biney, Fahamu
Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC, Bindmans LLP
Ms Althea Brown, Doughty Chambers
Ms Rita Chadha RAMFEL
Dr Colm O’Cinneide, University College London
Mr Joseph Harker, The Guardian
Mr Stephen Keevash, Employment Tribunal, Leeds
Professor Charles Lawrence, University of Hawaii
Professor Mari Matsuda, University of Hawai’i
Professor Aileen McColgan, Kings College London
Ms Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers
Mr Claude Moraes MEP, European Parliament
Dr Suryia Nayak, University of Salford
Professor Kumea Shorter-Gooden, University of Maryland
Dr Shirley Tate, University of Leeds
Ms Louise Whitfield, Deighton Pierce Glynn LLP’

Date: 9th & 10th July 2015, 9.30am – 5.00pm

Location: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Charge: For this two-day conference, a registration fee of £50 is payable in advance at the time of booking. There is a reduced fee of £20 for the unwaged/retired and for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

More information can be found here.

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EVENT: Law Commission – Scarman Lecture 2015

Posted January 27th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘We are delighted that Sir Geoffrey Palmer KCMG AC QC has agreed to deliver the 2015 Scarman Lecture on 24 March.
2015 is the Law Commission’s 50th anniversary. Sir Geoffrey’s lecture – The Law Reform Enterprise: Evaluating the Past and Charting the Future – will be a timely opportunity to look back at past achievements, as well as considering what might lie ahead.’

Date: 24th March 2015, 6.00-8.00pm

Location: Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9AT

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

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EVENT: The Inner Temple – Gandhi: Constitutionalism and the Legacy of Non Viotent Direct Action in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted January 27th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The theme for the 2015 Lecture Series is “Inner Templars who have Helped Change the World.”

Gandhi: Constitutionalism and the Legacy of Non Viotent Direct Action in Sub-Saharan Africa
Speaker: The Rt Hon The Lord Boateng.’

Date: 16th February 2015

Location: The Inner Temple

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT: King’s College London – Law Commission’s Work in Criminal Law and Evidence with a Special Focus on Offences against the Person

Posted January 23rd, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘With Professor David Ormerod, Barrister (Bencher of Middle Temple).

David Ormerod was appointed Law Commissioner for Criminal Law and Evidence on the 1 September 2010 and is on secondment from Queen Mary until 2015.
He is Professor of Criminal Justice at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, and several hundred case commentaries.
The lecture will be followd by a reception.’

Date: 28th January 2015, 6.30-8.30pm

Location: Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London, London WC2R 0RN

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: The Law Society – Delay too often defeats justice

Posted January 16th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. The values enshrined in the Magna Carta remain as valuable today as they have ever been. Justice, fairness, equality and legitimacy remain central to a strong, democratic legal system. They are lasting values, which will remain as relevant to lawyers today as they will for the next 800 years and beyond.

To celebrate the anniversary, Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls will be giving a presentation at the Law Society entitled “Delay too often defeats justice”.’

Date: 22nd April 2015, 6.30-9.00pm

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

Charge: Free

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EVENT: IALS – Whistleblowers: Better Off in the UK or Elsewhere in the EU?

Posted January 16th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 is currently subject to a Government Consultation. Sections 17-20 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 have introduced a series of changes. Meanwhile, the European Ombudsman has asked “what are the EU Institutions doing to protect whistleblowers?” We ask whether whistleblowing legislation is working here and in Europe and what more needs to be done to encourage, support and protect those who disclose information in the public interest.’

Date: 2nd February 2015, 2.00-6.00pm

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

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

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EVENT: IALS – The (I)legitimacy of the Duty of Loyalty for Corporate Boards

Posted January 16th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The reformulated duty of loyalty now found in section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 has generated debate about what is the best reading of the duty, the most fundamental aspect of which is whether this behavioural standard obliges a narrow focus on financial capital or a broader notion of well-being and inclusiveness amongst non-shareholder interests. This research argues that the law as a privileged and constitutive way of society-making can only be understood within a broader conceptual framework rather than the more traditional expository analysis of law. The context in which such an analysis takes place is that of the anti-collectivist, market-based political project of neoliberalsm. When viewed through this explanatory lens we see very clearly that English legal doctrine entrenches a relationship between managers and shareholders. In doing so the research shows that the extraction of private benefits of control by shareholders is not an inevitable occurrence, but a decades-long, human created, and contingent phenomena. While non-shareholder language is introduced into the duty, this precatory element is merely a potential source of legitimacy to the ideology of the company as a private, exclusively shareholder-oriented enterprise.’

Date: 19th February 2015, 12.30-1.30pm

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 – “Does privacy matter?”

Posted January 16th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This Public Lecture, followed by a reception, marks the launch the new Centre for Law and Information Policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.’

Date: 24th February 2015, 6.00-8.00pm

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

Charge: See website for details

More information can be found here.

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EVENT: IALS – Family Law Reform: Why is it so Hard to Move Beyond Reports? What Can We do? What Can You Do?

Posted January 15th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Family Law Justice System restructures families and family life. Reports in countless jurisdictions have been critical of the Family Law Justice System. These reports have diagnosed a myriad of problems, (including delay, expense, self-representation, exacerbation of conflict, lack of judicial continuity), called for change, and highlight a broad range of Access to Justice issues. Why is change so hard to effect? What can we do? What can you do?’

Date: 25th March 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: National Pupillage Fair March 2015

Posted January 13th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘There a limited number of exhibitors stands still available at the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair at Lincoln’s Inn on the 7th March 2015. The event, now in its 17th year, is the only national event exclusively targeted at students pursuing a career at the Bar and attracts over 1,500 career minded law students, 50% of whom are currently studying at a top 30 university and 20% currently already studying for their BPTC qualification every year.’

Date: 7th March 2015

Location: Lincoln’s Inn, London

Stand cost: Various prices available depending on location of stand. Please contact Kym Freedman on 01491 828920 or kym.freedman@groupgti.com for more information

More information can be found here.

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EVENT: UCL – Constitutionalising Labour Rights

Posted January 9th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

Advocates of labour rights argue that constitutional protection of the freedom of association should be interpreted to include the rights to bargain collectively and to strike. They invoke international and transnational human rights instruments, as well as the observations of the International Labour Organization’s supervisory bodies, as normative resources that can be used by constitutional courts to advance such an interpretation.

Date: 22nd January 2015, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: UCL Laws, Bentham House, WC1H 0EG

Charge: Free

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EVENT: UCL – Proportionate Defense in Morality and Law

Posted January 9th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Jeff McMahan is White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He completed a BA degree in English literature at the University of the South (Sewanee), followed by graduate work in philosophy at Corpus Christi College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Professor McMahan then studied at the University of Cambridge, where he was a research fellow of St. John’s College from 1983 to 1986 and received his doctorate in 1986. He has written extensively on normative and applied ethics. His publications include The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life (Oxford University Press, 2002), Killing in War (OUP, 2009), which argues against foundational elements of the traditional theory of the just war, The Morality of Nationalism (co-edited with Robert McKim, OUP, 1997), and Ethics and Humanity (co-edited with Ann Davis and Richard Keshen, OUP, 2010).’

Date: 11th February 2015, 4.00-7.00pm

Location: Moot Court, UCL Laws, Bentham House, WC1H 0EG

Charge: Free

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EVENT: UCL – No interest in Human Rights?

Posted January 8th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Dr. Meckled-Garcia is the founder of the Human Rights programme at the School of Public Policy, having designed and launched the MA in Human Rights in 2003. He is also co-founder and Director of the new UCL Institute for Human Rights. His research focuses on the ethical foundations of human rights, and on theories of international justice. This work emphasises the link between adopting specific theories of human rights, justice and criminal liability, and clear practical/policy consequences.’

Date: 28th January 2015, 4.00-7.00pm

Location: Moot Court, UCL Laws, Bentham House, WC1H 0EG

Charge: Free

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EVENT: UCL – Reforming Offences Against the Person

Posted January 8th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This lecture will discuss the Law Commission’s recent scoping consultation paper, Reform of Offences Against the Person. The Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is in daily use in the criminal courts in England and Wales, but there have been many calls over the years for its replacement. The scoping paper examines the case for reform and present numerous important questions for consultation.’

Date: 19th January 2015, 6.00-7.30pm

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

Charge: See website for details

More information can be found here.

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EVENT: The Law Society – Legal Aid Annual Conference 2015

Posted December 10th, 2014 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Law Society’s fourth legal aid conference will provide up to date information and relevant business advice to help support practitioners operating in difficult times. This essential event, presented by subject matter experts, will include two plenary sessions and practical breakout sessions covering:

• Digital working in crime and civil
• Financial health check for your firm
• Managing your legal aid contract
• Maximising your criminal fee
• Benefits of in house advocacy
• Operating under LASPO’

CPD Hours 5

Date: 19th March 2015, 9.00am-5.00pm

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

Charge: See website for details

More information can be found here.

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EVENT: UCL – Common Law and Statute in the Law of Employment

Posted December 10th, 2014 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘How should judges develop the common law where Parliament has ‘occupied the field’ through statutory regulation? This is an important enquiry, particularly given the modern prominence of legislation as a form of law-making in the sphere of labour law. In Johnson v Unisys, Lord Hoffmann controversially invoked constitutional principle to halt the development of the common law of wrongful dismissal in the face of a statutory right not to be unfairly dismissed.’

Date: 12th March 2015, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: UCL Laws, Bentham House, WC1H 0EG

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

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