The schedule of lunchtime study skills workshops from City's Learning Enhancement and Development team are now available.
No need to book, but they are likely to be popular, so get there early...
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Kristina Voronenko is the Lexis Student Associate for this academic year. If you would like a hand getting to grips with the basics, or would like a deeper understanding of the advanced features, get in touch. She can help on a 1-2-1 or small group basis.
The Library has negotiated for you to be able to access current content from the Financial Times online, as well as The Economist.
See the post on Lawbore blog: Need to boost your
commercial awareness? for full access details.
Wifi printing is now available across all sites, enabling students to print from laptop computers, iPads as long as they're connected to City's wi-fi network.
Go here to upload files or documents to be sent to their chosen printers. All networked printers are available from the menu.
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REDRESS is an international human rights organisation that helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparation. REDRESS works with survivors to help restore their dignity and make torturers accountable. This public seminar will illustrate REDRESS' work in the fight against torture nationally and internationally and discuss some of the challenges that seeking justice for torture victims entails. Practical information on REDRESS' work and internship opportunities will also be provided to interested participants.
Location: SW1.17, The Dickson Poon School of Law, Somerset House East WingRegister online
Gresham College lectures are free to all - entry is on a first-come, first served basis.
Speaker: Professor Jo Delahunty QC, Barrister specialising in
cases involving families and children.
Speaker:Joanna McCunn (Clare College, Cambridge)
Free but book in advance!
A substantial body of recent work in just war theory claims that the moral considerations that determine whether acts of individual combatants during a war are permissible or wrong are not reflected in the laws of armed conflict. Whereas morality prohibits the killing of combatants on the just side of a war, the law does not. And whereas morality sometimes permits the killing of non-combatants on the unjust side, again the law does not. Many also defend these divergences between law and morality. Professor Tadros will offer a cautious case for revising the law to achieve greater convergence between morality and the laws of war.
Location: Council Room, UCL School of Public Policy, 29-30 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU
Series: ISEL Research Seminars
Speaker: Professor Jeff Kenner (University of Nottingham)
Britain's prospective withdrawal from the EU has the potential to have a profound impact on the future development of employment law both in the EU and the UK. In no other area has British Euroscepticism been more evident. From its opposition to the Maastricht Social Chapter to resistance to the Working Time Directive, Britain has established a reputation as the "awkward partner". The UK was also at the forefront in backing the Barroso Commission's highly contested push for more flexible labour markets and deregulation. How might EU social and employment policies develop without the UK's participation? Is there potential for a strengthening of EU employment law and a more protective approach or will Brexit make little difference? In the UK, statutory protection of employment rights relies on EU minimum standards in areas such as health and safety, equality, worker consultation, work and family rights, holiday leave and rights for non-standard workers. UK tribunals and courts have been guided by the activist rulings of the Court of Justice (CJEU). Despite the Great Repeal Bill promising continuity, much of the EU's employment legislation, and the CJEU's interpretation thereof, is despised by many hard line Brexiteers. To what extent do the Article 50 negotiations offer a prospect of maintaining EU employment law and the CJEU's influence post-Brexit as part of the price to be paid for continuing access to the Single Market?
A panel of practicing Barristers discuss Pupillage Interviews and how to approach them. We will discuss the different types of exercises that you may have and how these are scored, as well as how to maximise your chances of success.
Barristers from the following chambers will be in attendance:
6 PM Student Common Room - All welcome.
Speaker: Dr. Gwen Jordan is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Legal Studies Department at the University of Illinois Springfield and is currently a fellow at the IALS. She is also a part-time staff attorney for the Illinois Innocence Project where she represents individuals who were wrongfully convicted and is spearheading a policy reform initiative. Jordan's scholarship focuses on the history of women lawyers' local, national and international social justice activism. She is currently analyzing issues of race identity and strategies women lawyers of colour developed throughout the twentieth century to overcome legal and political discrimination at the intersection of race and gender.
Free but book in advance!
Speaker: Professor Lilian Edwards (Strathclyde
The digital copyright and piracy wars, which began with Napster and continue today into the age of streaming, Spotify and Netflix, have engaged in broadly three strategies to defend existing content industries, which can be described as punish, prevent, and provide alternative business models. Both anecdotal experience in the legal system and empirical research carried out by CREAte and others point to the failure and partial abandonment of the punishment strategy, especially in its legislative "graduate response" form. By contrast, prevention, in its latest forms of site blocking and geoblocking, is rising in popularity, at least in the UK which has recently been described as the world leader in web blocking. While it may be argued that prevention tactics are unnecessary given the rise of legal streaming, have unfortunate side consequences and may even impede a more profitable long term shift to alternative business models, it is hard to prove this using empirical evidence, as seen in recent UK court cases. This paper asks what evidence would be convincing here and if empirical evidence rather than normative claims, can ever successfully inform the copyright wars.
Chair: Dr. Siva Thambisetty (LSE)
· Dr Luke McDonagh (City, University of London)
· Dr Georg Von Graevenitz (Queen Mary University of London)
· Ms. Catriona Hammer (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys)
· Professor Panos Koutrakos (City, University of London)
The event will be introduced by Professor Sir Alan Dashwood Q.C. (City, University of London) and will be followed by a wine reception.
At this event Dr Luke McDonagh of The City Law School will launch his new book 'European Patent Litigation in the Shadow of the Unified Patent Court' (Edward Elgar, 2016) with a panel discussion on the impact of Brexit on patent litigation in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, with a particular focus on the forthcoming Unified Patent Court and future relations between the UK and EU. This discussion is particularly timely given the UK's recent announcement that, despite the ongoing Brexit process, the UK will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement - a decision that may demonstrate UK willingness to maintain a high level of European legal and economic integration, even after it leaves the EU (the so-called 'soft Brexit' option).
This is an investigation into the extent to which the form of an instrument may still play a part in identifying it as a treaty. International agreements have been increasingly recognised in recent years in forms which do not fit into the more common traditional modes for recording treaties. Contrasting examples may suggest that the loss of formalities could make it more difficult to be confident in identifying instruments as treaties. The investigation includes consideration of the status of exchanges of notes in the UK case Ahmad and Aswat v USA  EWHC 2927 and of the criteria applied in assessing whether a document constituted an international agreement in the Award of 29 October 2015 in Philippines v China (Jurisdiction and Admissibility).
Location:UCL Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Gower Street
The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE (The Supreme
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.
The Working Group has not found this an easy task. It raises so many difficult questions of principle. Should concern for the victims of domestic violence ever override the concern for the welfare of children which the Convention aims to protect? When is a risk of harm to a parent also a risk of harm to a child? How is a court in the receiving country to resolve disputes about who did what to whom? How effective are protective measures in the home country? What can the receiving country do both to assist the home country and to provide protection in the meantime? How does the interface with the 1996 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children work? Is Europe a special case? And what about the human rights of the children and both of their parents? Perhaps above all, is there a risk that, in its anxiety to preserve the integrity of the 1980 Convention, the Working Group will lose sight of the reasons why it was set up?
Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
An on-stage interview with Joe Sacco will be conducted by Dr Maks Del Mar and Professor Penny Green. The aim of the new flagship series is to invite scholars and practitioners working in the arts and humanities to discuss the role of law in their work, and to thereby showcase the most cutting edge practice and research in law and the humanities.
Joe Sacco is a world renowned graphic novelist.
Location: Ground floor lecture theatre, ArtsOne Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS
Speaker: Diana Richards, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Discussant: Professor Linda Mulcahy, London School of Economics
Free but book to attend!
The Society of Legal Scholars, The City Law School and the University of Portsmouth present a workshop hosted by the Professional Ethics Forum and Legal Education Forum of City's Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice at City, University of London, Gray's Inn campus. The workshop will take place in room 24, 2-10 Princeton St, London WC1R 4BH.
Professor Paula Baron, La Trobe
Professor Nigel Duncan, City, University of London, UK
Dr Colin James, Australia National University
Caroline Strevens, University of Portsmouth, UK
Dr Clare Wilson, University of Portsmouth, UK
The aim of this workshop is to bring together academics from UK and Australia with research expertise in wellbeing, professional identity and ethics to evaluate and discuss the most recent research findings on wellbeing in both legal academics and law students.
Location: City Law School, Princeton Street
Free to attend but booking required
This presentation provides an international law response to the dramatic increase in state-sponsored cyber espionage in recent years. The objective is to assess whether cyber espionage is prohibited by international law. In particular, this presentation contends that because states exercise territorial sovereignty over their cyber infrastructure, acts of cyber espionage which violate a state's cyber sovereignty produce a violation of the principle of non-intervention. Moreover, this presentation argues that the principle of non-intervention also protects the political integrity of a state. Thus, where a state stores information outside of its sovereign cyber infrastructure (common in the era of cloud computing) or transmits its information through the cyber architecture of another state, an appropriation of that information can amount to a violation of the non-intervention principle. Finally, this presentation rejects the traditional view that the (seemingly) widespread state practice of espionage has given rise to a permissive rule of customary international law in favour of espionage generally and cyber espionage in particular.
Venue: SOAS, Russell Square: College Buildings Room: L67
Open to the public - no need to register
At this workshop you will be walked through the STAR technique which will allow you to understand how to structure and deliver answers to the competency based questions that you will have to approach in Interview.
This technique is extremely helpful and is part of our course of lectures and workshops that help you perform at your best in Interview.
This will take place in 13 Princeton
Street. All welcome.
Professor Christopher T. Marsden, Professor of
Internet Law, University of Sussex Law School
Dr Angela Daly, Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law; Research Associate, Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology and Society
Professor Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law, Queen May, University of London
Net neutrality is the most contested Internet access policy of our time. This book offers an in-depth explanation of the concept, addressing its history since 1999, its engineering, the policy challenges it represents and its legislation and regulation. Various case studies are presented, including Specialized Services and Content Delivery Networks for video over the Internet, and the book goes on to examine the future of net neutrality battles in Europe, the United States and developing countries, as well as offering co-regulatory solutions based on FRAND and non-exclusivity. It will be a must-read for researchers and advocates in the net neutrality debate, as well as those interested in the context of communications regulation, law and economic regulation, human rights discourse and policy, and the impact of science and engineering on policy and governance.
This seminar will be followed by the book launch of "Network Neutrality: From Policy to Law to Regulation" by Christopher Marsden (Manchester University Press)
In this lecture, Professor McHarg will trace the evolution of the law in the area and argue that the time is ripe for a reconsideration of the basis of judicial intervention, asking whether - and, if so, when, how, and with what consequences - the courts should encourage administrators to confine and structure their discretion through rules.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Reed (The Supreme Court)
Location: UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn seeks to explore a selection of cases being pursued by GLAN (Global Legal Action Network) a non-profit organisation which pursues legal actions aimed at disrupting transnational networks that support injustice. From the importation of good produced through bonded labour to multinational cooperation involved with land grabs in the Global South these actions illustrate how inter-jurisdictional connections that facilitate, drive or acquiesce to human rights abuses can be used as pressure points for legal action.
Location: SW1.18, The Dickson Poon School of Law, Somerset House East Wing
Speaker: Prof Dr Jochen Frowein
Judicial Control of Legislation did not exist in the United
Kingdom and in France when the ECHR came into force. It was the
automatic consequence of ratification but not expected by many.
Judicial review of administrative acts was developed in many member
states on the basis of the ECHR. By interpreting freedom of speech,
assembly and association the Convention organs contributed to the
open democratic process in member states. In particular after the
ratification by former communist countries the right to free
elections became very important. The need for proportionate
restrictions of fundamental freedoms as guaranteed by the ECHR was
developed. The full recognition of the individual and of his or her
dignity was accepted by member states. The ECHR played an important
role for the transformation of Eastern Europe.
This is a lecture by the King's Forum on International Dispute Resolution.
Location: SW1.18, Strand campus, King's College London,
Gresham College lectures are free but entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Speaker: Joshua Rozenberg QC (hon)Early in 2016, the criminal and civil courts of England and Wales embarked on a modernisation programme aimed at reforming procedures that have survived for centuries. The judges themselves are helping to design the computerised courts of the future. New software will empower litigants to bring and defend cases without the need for lawyers. Judges will be able to decide cases whenever and wherever they choose to open their laptops. But will justice suffer? What if you cannot manage the technology? What if your opponent but not yourself can afford legal advice? Will the courts continue to deliver justice? Might your dispute be decided by a computer? In the first of a series of three annual lectures, the reforms will be monitored as they are planned, tested and launched. Will this project be an IT disaster? Or will it demonstrate that online justice can be just as good as the courts that have served us for hundreds of years. I can't wait for this one!
How did the idea of 'human rights' develop in the twentieth century? In this lecture, Mark Bradley explores how changes in US culture and thought from the 1940-70s changed the American idea of what it means to be free, leading to the modern concept of 'universal human rights'.Time: 6:30-8 Location: Wolfson Building, New Academic Building, LSE
Shami Chakrabarti discusses her position as Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales with questions from the audience and online.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Lexis is an immense database with access to cases, legislation
and journal articles. Practitioner texts are also available,
including Blackstones Criminal Practice, Lester & Pannick:
Human Rights Law and Practice, Paget's Law of Banking, Whish:
Competition Law amongst 149 others.
You can also access really monster Lexis publications - Halsbury's Laws (the legal encyclopedia) and Halsbury's Statutes amongst them.
Law report-wise you can find many key series in LNB: All England Law Reports (All ER), The Law Reports (AC, QB, Ch etc), Times Law Reports (TLR) amongst others.
Access using your IT username and password.
Westlaw is a huge database containing cases, legislation and journal articles. Searching for cases within Westlaw is a joy, particularly thanks to the Case Analysis function. This cool tool almost does your research for you, listing lots of extra stuff about a case; its history, where its been cited subsequently and, best of all, all the journal articles which talk about your case.
Law report series included in Westlaw include the Weekly Law Reports (WLR), The Law Reports (AC, QB, Ch etc), Fleet Street Reports (FSR), Common Market Law Reports (CMLR) and Housing Law Reports amongst others.
The journal collection is admirable; including the Conveyancer (Conv), Criminal Law Review (Crim L.R.), European Law Review (E.L.Rev), Law Quarterly Review (LQR), Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (OJLS) and Public Law (P.L.) as well as loads more...
HeinOnline is an American database which offers access to a huge number of journals. Unlike Lexis or Westlaw it generally offers full coverage of journal titles, ie. from volume 1, issue 1.
It offers a wide selection of American Journals with extensive coverage, eg. Harvard Law Review (1887-), Yale Law Journal (1891-).
Its collection of English journals is growing and key ones to remember are as follows: Cambridge Law Journal (1921-), Industrial Law Journal (1972-1997), International and Comparative Law Quarterly (1952-), Law Quarterly Review (1885-), Legal Studies (1981-)
Access using your IT username and password.
There's a Hein App now too - http://home.heinonline.org/heinonline-app/
The most popular legal subscription databases are accessible using the quick-link buttons. The rest of the databases can be browsed with the databases carousel below.
This service hosts the Family Court Reports, Duckworth's Matrimonial Property & Finance and Hershman and McFarlane: Children Law & Practice.
This excellent service provides online access to recordings from radio and TV - has the whole Radio 4 Law in Action series. Like BBC iPlayer but there's no expiry date for programmes.
Login and then search for City as the institution to enable your personalised login.
Chatham House Online Archive contains the research, publications, speeches and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the world-leading independent international affairs policy institute founded in 1920.
Ideal for those of you interested in International Law (it
contains the British Yearbook of International Law), the UN or
International Security, War and Conflict.
Massive reference tool - dictionaries, encyclopedias...
The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) now includes over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688.
Human Rights Studies Online is a research & learning database providing comprehensive, comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide.
It provides primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types for each selected event, including Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and more than 30 additional subjects.
Includes Lloyds Law Reports (Insurance & Reinsurance and Professional Negligence), as well as many key practitioner texts, practice notes and the relevant legislation.
This service from Jordan Publishing includes Gore-Browne on Companies.
This service from Jordans comprises the journal Family Law, the Family Law Reports and Hershman & MacFarlane on Children.
JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. It offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines.
JustCite is a legal search engine and citator service that cross-references case law, legislation and journal articles.
JustCite indexes content from all major online legal publishers and links you to content to which we subscribe.
Developed and maintained by Kluwer in conjunction with theICCA and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Kluwer Arbitration contains expert commentary and a large collection of primary sources, including ICC Cases and Awards. Key books include: Blackaby: Redfern & Hunter, Born: INternational Commercial Arbitration and the Yearbook of Commercial Arbitration. Journals are fab - Arbitration International and the Journal of International Arbitration.
Get access to cases, as well as PI essentials like Kemp & Kemp.
Linex Legal is a commercial current awareness service. It presents material provided by major law firms and government institutions. In addition to its website, it provides a weekly email alerter with links to the latest articles published in subscribers' chosen practice areas. city Law School students should register using their City University email addresses to qualify for free access.
The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL) is a comprehensive online resource containing peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of public international law. Written and edited by a team of over 800 scholars and practitioners, published in partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and updated throughout the year.
Keep up to date with cases, legislation and regulatory material affecting the print and broadcast media. Excellent resource for media lawyers, journalists, editors and reporters.
Search news via area of law or reverse chronologically.
Access via a specialist username/password (available on request from the Law Library). Bear in mind only one person can use it at a time.
News-tastic! Includes over 12,000 news sources, newspapers, newsletters, magazines and trade journals including over 450 International publications, with over 250 newswires updated continuously, many within minutes of publication.
This resource brings together decisions on public international law from a range of courts; from international to domestic. As well as the decisions themselves you also get access to detailed commentary and analysis.
There are 5 modules: International Law in Domestic Courts, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, International Investment Claims and International Courts of General Jurisdiction.
This part of the Oxford International Law collection gives access to 70 OUP titles from key authors in International Law - Brownlie, Higgins and Crawford. Contains Simma's Charter of the UN and Oppenheim too. Alerts available to be notified when content changes.
Huge collection of e-books from OUP. Check out the latest list of titles available.