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

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

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

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

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

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

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

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

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

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

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

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

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

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

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.

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

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

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

EVENT: IALS – Clarification and Easification of Legislative Drafting

Posted March 18th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘IALS Seminar on the “Clarification and Easification of Legislative Drafting”.

The seminar will be chaired by Daphne Perry, Clarity and the International Association for Plain Legal Language.

Speakers:

Jenny Gracie, Lawyer, Linguist and French-Court Approved Translator and Interpreter;
Daniel Greenberg, Parliamentary Counsel, UK;
Dr Giulia Adriana Pennisi, University of Palermo;
William Robinson, Associate Research Fellow, IALS;
Prof Helen Xanthaki, Sir William Dale Centre, IALS.’

Date: 25th March 2015, 2.30-5.30pm

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.

Comments Off

EVENT: IALS – Chancery Execution of Trusts, c. 1660-1750

Posted March 18th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Speaker:
David Foster, Queen Mary, University of London.
Organised with the London Legal History Seminar.’

Date: 20th March 2015, 6.00-7.30pm

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.

Comments Off

EVENT: King’s College London – The Human Rights Act: the Bill of Rights for the 21st Century?

Posted March 18th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘There seems to be little doubt that the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta is an occasion to celebrate. Much less secure is the position of its much younger sibling in the list of what are often called “constitutional statutes”, the Human Rights Act 1998. It took the United Kingdom almost 50 years to adopt its own particular “Bill of Rights”, and after its tender fifteen years of operation it is still under attack.’

Date: 24th March 2015, 4.30-6.00pm

Location: Parliament Chamber Inner Temple

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

EVENT: JUSTICE – Law and Literature Series: An evening with Ian McEwan

Posted March 18th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Jerusalem prize winning author, Ian McEwan will read from his new book The Children’s Act for which he turns his pen to another British Institution, the High Court.’

Date: 30th April 2015, 5.30-9.00pm

Location: Gray’s Inn

Charge: These are exclusive events for JUSTICE members and their guests. Tickets cost £50 and all profits go to the Securing JUSTICE at 60 Appeal.

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

EVENT: UCL – How did Thatcher’s Social and Economic Agenda Shape Justice in England and Wales?

Posted March 18th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Political processes shape and mould many facets of our lives. It is well known, for example, that who provides and runs our buses, our trains, our healthcare systems and our domestic utilities is the outcome of political choices. But in what ways is the experience of crime shaped by political decision making? Using Margaret Thatcher’s (and John Major’s) periods in office as a case study, this talk explores the ways in which social and economic policies are associated with changes in crime rates and criminal justice responses, and, in so doing, charts the ways in which such processes unfold over a number of years, producing unanticipated consequences ‘down stream’. It is contended that the changes in social and economic policies initiated during the 1980s had dramatic impacts not just on crime during the 1980s and 1990s, but also on the approaches adopted to tackle crime. In turn, this begs the question as to whether or not the changes associated with that period made Britain a safer or a less safe place, and ought to cause us all to reflect a little more on the question ‘What is justice?’.’

Date: 14th May 2015, 6.00-7.30pm

Location: UCL Laws, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

EVENT: UCL – Changing Times, Changing Relationships at Work…Changing Law?

Posted March 17th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘We are privileged to host two distinguished members of the Australian and UK judiciary, offering us a unique perspective on the charged question as to whether labour law has kept pace with the constantly changing nature of work relations so as properly to regulate them.’

Date: 23rd April 2015, 6.00-7.30pm

Location: UCL Central Campus, Wilkins Building (Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre)

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

EVENT: UCL – Effective Enforcement of Environmental Law

Posted March 17th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This event brings together some of the leading contemporary figures in environmental law to explore the enforcement of environmental law at national, European and international level. It is being organised to mark Professor Richard Macrory 65th birthday and his contribution to the development of environmental law.’

Date: 30th March 2015 – 31st March 2015

Location: UCL Laws, 1-2 Endsleigh Street, London WC1H 0EG

Charge: See website for details

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

EVENT: BPP – What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us: Is it time to repeal the Human Rights Act?

Posted March 13th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Faculty of Law, BPP University invite you to a symposium on

‘What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us: Is it time to repeal the Human Rights Act?’.

Speakers:

Andrew Le Sueur is a professor at the School of Law, University of Essex. He is a member of the Jersey Law Commission, currently leading a project on reform of administrative justice in the island. He is a member of the executive committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law and a formal president of the UK Constitutional Law Association.

Bill Bowring is a professor at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research interests include human rights, minority rights, and international law. His research is enriched by his practice as a barrister, taking many cases to the European Court of Human Rights against Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Russia and Turkey.

Merris Amos is a reader in Human Rights Law at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to this she was a Lecturer at the University of Essex and Deputy Director of the Human Rights Centre. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Constitutional Law Association.

Roger Scruton is a writer, philosopher and public commentator. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Oxford. In addition, he is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington and a contributing editor to The New Atlantis.’

Date: 27th March 2015, 5.00-7.00pm

Location: Lecture Theatre, BPP University, Law School, Waterloo Branch, 137 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NN

Charge: Free

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

EVENT: UCL – Contract Formation and the Fog of Rectification

Posted March 13th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The lecture addresses current controversy both in the recent case law and in scholarly writings about the proper test and rationale for rectification of contracts. It examines the relationship between rectification and contract formation and interpretation, the role of equity in its relationship to the common law, policy issues about objective conduct and subjective intention and belief in the law of contract, and the proper relationship between rectification for common mistake and for unilateral mistake.’

Date: 23rd April 2015, 6.00-7.00pm

Location: UCL Faculty of Laws, Graduate Wing, 1 – 2 Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

EVENT: UCL – The Possibility of Constitutional Theory

Posted March 13th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘In this presentation I explain the main features of a moralized constitutional theory and I offer some arguments in its favour. In particular, I defend two characteristics of moralized constitutional theory, 1) its generality and 2) its doctrinal relevance. In a nutshell, moralized constitutional theory treats questions of constitutional law (such as questions about the scope of judicial review of primary legislation in this or that jurisdiction) as questions of political morality. Thus, it takes principles of political morality to be essential conditions of propositions of law. In connecting doctrinal law with moral principles, moralized constitutional theory purports to make claims that transcend specific legal systems.’

Date: 16th March 2015, 6.00-7.30pm

Location: Bentham House, UCL Laws, WC1H 0EG

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

Comments Off

EVENT: The United Kingdom Association of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists together with The Association of Muslim Lawyers – A Discussion Forum with Special Guest Speakers

Posted March 13th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘A Discussion Forum with Special Guest Speakers
Henry Grunwald OBE QC & Imam Ajmal Masroor
Chair: Peter J Kirby QC
Religious practices in the modern world: Food’

Date: 16th March 2015, 6.30-8.30pm

Location: Central London location

Charge: Free

More information can be found here.

Comments Off