EVENT: LSE – Human Rights after Brexit: still on fantasy island?

Posted August 26th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘As Home Secretary, Theresa May was more hostile to human rights than was any other cabinet minister in David Cameron’s government. Now as Prime Minister she must not only make a definitive decision about where human rights fit in her vision of Britain but also whether they can have any place at all in light of the need to reconstruct Brexit Britain. Is this another piece of European clutter than needs now to be thrown out? Does the Human Rights Act get in the way of negotiating Brexit with the EU? Might it even prevent radical change on for eg immigration after Brexit is achieved? Or as many Tories have long argued, is the answer a new bill of rights for Britain? Or perhaps the answer is no change at all – might a defiantly unrepealable Human Rights Act be our lifeline to a civilised Continent, preserved until the country comes to its senses and returns to the European family?’

Date: 8th December 2016, 6.30-8.00pm

Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Charge: Free

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EVENT: LSE – A Public Lecture by Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty

Posted August 24th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Over the last decade hostile political rhetoric has been mirrored by the entrenchment of discrimination in our laws and our policies and a sustained threat to our Human Rights Act. In 2016 politicians entered a race to the bottom on human rights and migration issues. Recent polling has found that more people think there are more tensions between communities than there were six months ago. Hate crime has spiked. Now more than ever human rights must be our unifying values. As the UK looks to its new future, this talk will reflect on how human rights – and human rights activists – can offer a national identity of tolerance, diversity and equality, and where the battle lines will be drawn in the months to come.’

Date: 19th October 2016, 6.30-8.00pm

Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Charge: Free

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EVENT: Friends of Lincoln’s Inn Fields – The Secret Diary of Dudley Ryder: The Bar’s Forgotten Pepys

Posted July 14th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Dr Matthew Green is the author of the acclaimed book London: A Travel Guide Through Time which was described by the Londonist as “easily the best social history of London for a decade”. Matthew also writes historical features for the Guardian, Financial Times and Telegraph, has been seen in many TV documentaries and is the founder of Unreal City Audio which produces immersive tours of historic London.

Exquisitely judgmental but chronically shy, fired by ambition yet lacerated by self-doubt, snooty though a quivering jelly in female company, Dudley Ryder, a 23-year old law student from Hackney, was the greatest 18th century diarist you’ve probably never heard of.

Matthew will introduce us to a social chameleon who was always ready to adopt different guises to fit the prevailing mood but who entrusted his ‘true’, darker personality to the leaves of his diary. As the Thames freezes over and lurid reports from the battlefields of the North permeate the city, Matthew and Dudley will be our guides as we explore the dark nooks of Fleet Street, guzzle ale and jig in Hanoverian mug houses, watch beheadings on Tower Hill, skate on the New River and sip “bitter gruel” in smoky coffee houses before retiring to our chambers in the Temple to read Ovid and Quintilian.

Sir Dudley Ryder rose to be Solicitor General, Attorney General and finally Lord Chief Justice (before Lord Mansfield). It is remarkable that his 2,000-page manuscript diary has slipped through the fingers of history. In its evocation of London as probably the most exciting place on earth, it is a brilliant successor to Pepys’s more famous chronicle.’

Date: 14th July 2016, 6.30pm

Location: The London School of Economics and Political Science: 9th Floor, Tower Two (TW2), 2 Clement’s Inn, Mobil Court, London WC2A 2AZ

Charge: Free

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Protecting Public Officials and Corporates – Q&A – 5RB

‘Adam Speker and Felicity McMahon are running a session on “Protecting Public Officials and Corporates” at Conference5RB on 29 September 2016. Here they discuss some of the issues which will be explored.’

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5RB, 7th July 2016

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EVENT: JUSTICE – Tom Sargant Memorial Lecture 2016

Posted July 8th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘JUSTICE’s annual lecture is held in London, generally in mid-October. Each year, we select a high profile speaker – from practice, the judiciary, academia or politics – to lecture on a topical issue.

The 2016 annual lecture will be given by The Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Briggs, Lord Justice of Appeal on Tuesday 18 October 2016, 6.30pm at Shearman & Sterling LLP, 9 Appold St, London EC2A 2AP.

The lecture is open to the general public but JUSTICE members and Friends will be given priority booking.’

Date: 18th October 2016, 6.30-7.30pm

Location: Shearman & Sterling LLP

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: JUSTICE – Human Rights Law Conference

Posted July 8th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘One of the highlights of the human rights lawyer’s CPD calendar, the JUSTICE Annual Human Rights Conference offers a key opportunity to update your legal knowledge and gain valuable insight into the human rights issues of the year.’

Date: 14th October 2016, 9.30am-5.00pm

Location: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT: IALS – Valuing Expertise: Legal, Normative and Social Dimensions (W G Hart Legal Workshop 2016)

Posted July 8th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘From expert evidence in the courtroom, to the use of scientific knowledge in the justification for, and framing of, legislation, law and science are inextricably intertwined. Yet the extent to which science is well represented in law has long been doubted by virtue of a ‘clash of cultures’ (Jasanoff 1992). The issue has become more pressing in recent years due to the growth of scientific and technological innovation, which draws into the adjudicative, legislative and policy realms areas of great scientific complexity for which legal expertise, in and of itself, proves insufficient (Vick 2004; Schrama 2011). Such work also highlights the significant barriers and obstacles for regulators understanding other disciplines and the problems that can result. The same dangers confront non-legal disciplinary experts that are drawn into, or whose work is ‘dropped’ in, the legal and political realms.’

Date: 20th-21st September 2016

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

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT: IALS – London Hamlyn Lecture 2016: “The Most Important of all Judicial Functions”

Posted July 8th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Speaker: Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand.

Chair: The Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC’

Date: 25th November 2016, 6.00pm

Location: Old Hall – The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London, WC2A 3TL

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: IALS – Urban Law Day 2016 – “Good Urban Legislation in Resource-Poor Settings: Challenges and Practical Solutions”

Posted July 8th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Urban Law Day is a specialised forum aiming to bring together a multidisciplinary circle of academics and practitioners interested in urban legislation, including planners, architects, policy makers, economists, urbanises, and lawyers. The purpose of the Urban Law Day is to facilitate discussion, the exchange of views, networking, and the presentation of new research findings or emerging issues. The third Urban Law Day will take place on 15 July 2016 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London), and will address challenges in developing countries related to good urban legislation and practical solutions for improving them.’

Date: 15th July 2016, 9.30am-1.30pm

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

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: IALS – 3D Printing in Law and Society

Posted July 8th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Additive manufacturing or ‘3D printing’ has emerged into the mainstream in the last few years, with much hype about its revolutionary potential as one of latest ‘disruptive technologies’ following the Internet. This lecture will examine 3D printing from a socio-legal perspective, looking at how various areas of law – including intellectual property, product liability, gun laws, data privacy and fundamental/constitutional rights – interact with 3D printing, and comparing this to the Internet’s legal encounter before it.’

Date: 12th July 2016, 6.00-7.00pm

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

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: IALS – Improving the Response to Fraud (Training, Private Prosecutions and Recovering Criminal Proceeds)

Posted July 8th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Fraud costs the UK economy more than £50 billion annually, of which £20 billion is attributable to the public sector. Dr Mike Gilbert has recently conducted a major review of the response to public sector fraud and will present his findings. Private Prosecution is another recent development in the fight against fraud and this together with the legislation concerning the recovery of criminal proceeds will be discussed by experts in the field.’

Date: 11th July 2016, 2.00-6.00pm

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

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: The Bar Council – Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference

Posted July 7th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2016 is a key opportunity for all involved with the Bar to come together to learn, network and share ideas to ensure the continual development and success of the Bar.’

Date: 15th October 2016

Location: Westminster Park Plaza

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT: Gresham College – In the Context of the Common Law: The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg

Posted July 7th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The European Court of Human Rights has been at the crossroads of two legal civilizations: the Continental Civil Law on the one hand and the British Common Law on the other. The common-law construction with its analogical reasoning is based on the formula that ‘the like cases should to be decided alike’. This legal tradition is more open-textured than the logical reasoning in the Continental legal system. Also, Continental judges are, since Montesquieu, thought of as merely ‘les bouches de la loi’ – bound to derive their judgements from an abstract normative major premise. Here we have yet again two different approaches to reality.’

Date: 17th November 2016, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: Barnard’s Inn Hall

Charge: Free

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EVENT: Gresham College – To Die or Not to Die: That is the Question

Posted July 7th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘When Hamlet posed the like question as he contemplated suicide, he faced the voyage to ‘the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns’. Similar dread was faced by judges when considering the possibility of a death sentence, due to the awesome finality of such a judgment. Even after the abolition of the death penalty, life and death decisions still have to be made by judges, such as whether a very seriously mentally disabled baby should be allowed to die rather than be force-fed, or in the case of the conjoined twins where the stark issue before the court was whether it would be lawful to kill one to save the other.’

Date: 22nd September 2016, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: Barnard’s Inn Hall

Charge: Free

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EVENT: The Guardian – Chilcot: The Iraq war inquiry

Posted June 28th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘On 6 July the long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq will be published. It hopes to answer some fundamental questions about the UK’s role in the US-led war: did Tony Blair make assurances to George Bush about British support for the war? What led the UK government to make claims about Iraq’s WMD that turned out to be untrue? Were the invasion, occupation and reconstruction of Iraq mishandled? Will these findings support the popular assertion that the Iraq war was in fact, illegal?’

Date: 7th July 2016, 7.00-8.30pm

Location: Kings Place, London, N1 9AG

Charge: £15

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EVENT: IALS – Why is legal language so complicated? Legislative drafters and linguists compare notes

Posted June 8th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The last decades have witnessed important innovations in legislative drafting but have we succeeded in producing perfect laws? Just because a bill has passed into law does not mean that its goals have been achieved. Indeed, the quality of legislation may not only be affected by the intrinsic drafting difficulties; the implementation of legislation may be significantly influenced by a range of ‘filtering agents’ at whom legislation is directed and who may constrain, adapt and modify the intentions that form the basis of the legislation approved in the first place. Looking at more ‘scientific’ disciplines, such as linguistics, may be of some help for the legislative drafter who wants to know how a piece of legislation has performed and the extent to which its goals will be achieved.’

Date: 29th June 2016, 2.00-5.30pm

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

Charge: Free, registration required

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EVENT: University of London – 1st Annual Conference, Refugee Law Initiative

Posted June 8th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The inaugural Annual Conference of the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) will take place from Wednesday 29 June to Friday 1 July 2016 in the elegant setting of the Senate House of the University of London. The chosen theme for this 1st RLI Annual Conference is ‘The Future of Refugee Law?’. Recent years have seen refugee law doctrine moving in innovative new directions, as the discipline reflects deeply on its relationship to the wider field of international law. At the same time, refugee protection faces renewed challenges on the ground in a number of regions, not least in the refugee and displacement-related consequences of humanitarian crises such as Syria. The fifth anniversary of the RLI presents us with a timely opportunity to proactively consider the future of refugee law.’

Date: 29th June – 1st July 2016

Location: University of London

Charge: See website for details

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EVENT: Gresham College – ‘Sex, Death and Witchcraft’ – What Goes On In The Family Court Room?

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Think of family and what comes to mind? At best, a family united by children, love, partnership; At worst: the death of love, divorce, parents feuding over money and children. But what of the situation where the dispute is not between partners but The State and The Family? A child may be removed because professionals fear that they may suffer, no longer protected by parents but at risk from them.’

Date: 6th October 2016, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: Barnard’s Inn Hall

Charge: Free

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EVENT: Gresham College – The Criminal Mind: The relationship between criminology and psychology

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘A discussion of how the study of psychology and psychiatry relates to the study of criminology. Historically criminals have been defined as a group who are seen as “other” to non-criminals. However, modern thinking has moved away from this with developments in the psychology of criminal rule-breaking and discussions of how individual psychology can assist the understanding of criminal rule-breaking and risk; including approaches to rehabilitation and behavioural change. Professor Adshead suggests that these different discourses have much to offer one another.’

Date: 7th June 2016, 2.00pm

Location: Museum of London

Charge: Free

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EVENT: RSA – Why People Do Bad Things

Posted May 11th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘What informs our views on crime? Why do myths prevail across the political spectrum? How can we begin to understand crime for what it is – as a risk that can be managed and, more importantly, reduced?’

Date: Thursday 19th May 2016, 1.00-2.00pm

Location: Great Room Auditorium, RSA House

Charge: Free, registration required

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