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We look forward to meeting all of our new law students for their induction week...
Posted by Site Admin on 17 Sep at 9:05pm
Check out this year's upcoming events from City Careers, as well as the Law Fair guide - so you can start planning who you want to visit on 19th October (and preparing your questions).
Posted by Site Admin on 23 Sep at 8:58am

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...

Find the full listings and put dates in your diary.

Posted by Site Admin on 17 Sep at 8:41pm

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.

Kristina.Voronenko.1@city.ac.uk

Posted by Site Admin on 4 Sep at 8:53am

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.

Posted by Site Admin on 5 Oct at 10:56am

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.

Posted by Site Admin on 5 Oct at 10:53am

Current Awareness Headlines

News feed syndicated from Inner Temple Library.

Upcoming Law Events

Life in the EEA, dispelling the myths, and discussing the facts. Is the EEA as or more closely linked to the EU than is widely thought? Carsten Zatschler, Director of Legal and Executive Affairs at the EFTA Surveillance Authority, will be Chairing this seminar and will be joined on the panel by:

  • Dóra Sif Tynes, formerly Head of Legal Services at the EFTA Secretariat now District Attorney and Partner at Advel in Iceland
  • Dr Eirik Bjorge, Senior Lecturer in Law at Bristol University, previously the Shaw Foundation Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford.

The event is being held by the Centre of European Law at Kings College London.

£10 for full-time students

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Gresham College lecture - free to attend on a first-come, first-served basis.

Professor Jo Delahunty QC is this year's Gresham Professor of Law, and is one of the UK's leading barristers specialising in cases concerned with families and children.

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.

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Dr Jeffrey Barnes, Senior Lecturer in Law, La Trobe University, Australia.

Plain language, and whether it works in legislation, is a special interest of Dr Barnes and was the subject of his PhD thesis.

Time: 18:00

Register in advance

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The annual BHM Inspiration evening highlights and celebrates the positive contribution of minority lawyers in the profession. Our line up of inspirational speakers and positive role models will seek to inspire delegates to achieve their goals. In addition, an important element of the event will be networking, and following the formal session, there will be an opportunity for attendees to network, develop and build new professional relationships.

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane

Registration from 18:00, event starts 19:00

Register in advance to attend.

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Tue 11 Oct
Laura Bates discusses the Everyday Sexism project, with a particular focus on students at university and women in the workplace.

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GLOBALLAW@CITY in collaboration with ILAG and ISEL are delighted to host a talk with Max Schrems, the Austrian law student who initiated litigation against Facebook initially in Ireland then before the Court of Justice in Luxembourg and succeeded in having the Safe Harbour Agreement struck down. He has been instrumental in challenging the protection of citizen data in the post-Snowdon era. His talk will outline his litigation and the evolution of his litigation towards the new EU-US Privacy Shield which affects the lives of so many citizens and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Time: 1pm

Register to attend!

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Delivered by the President of the EFTA Court, Professor Carl Baudenbacher

In the chair, Professor Sir Francis Jacobs QC, President of the Centre of European Law

Time: 18:30-19:30

Register in advance to attend

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The barristers at South Square have invited City law students to Chambers for informal drinks. The barristers will be on hand to answer questions about Chambers, pupillage and life at the bar generally. Location: South Square Chambers, 3-4 South Square, Gray's Inn, London WC1R 5HP 18:30-21:00 RSVP: pupillage@southsquare.com from your City email account.

The event is aimed at undergraduates and LPC students from diverse backgrounds.

This interactive event aims to cover all aspects of the application / selection process including tips on increasing chances of success; completing applications and interview techniques. This year there will also be an opportunity for attendees to win a mentor.

During the networking reception junior lawyers will be on hand to share their experiences and offer practical advice and assistance to attendees.

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane

Time: 16:00 for a 16:30 start

Register for a place.

Martha Spurrier reflects on how human rights can offer a national identity of tolerance, diversity and equality. This lecture is part of the LSE Events programme and is chaired by Conor Gearty.

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The 2016 Hamlyn Lectures are being given by Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand.

Chair: The Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC

Time: 18:00-19:00

Location: Old Hall, Lincoln's Inn

Full details on IALS website.

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Gresham College lecture - free to attend (but on a first-come, first-served basis)...

Speaker: Gresham College Professor of Law and barrister, Professor Jo Delahunty QC.

When should intervention take place to safeguard a child? Areas where harm may arise include children at risk of being radicalised; parents promoting terrorism; or planning or being groomed to travel to Syria (with or without their parents). But removal is not a 'risk free' option since it may appear to be victimisation; reinforce a perception of 'them and us'; or radicalise those who were previously uninvolved. Emerging law and practice in this area will be examined.

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One of UCL's lunch time lectures - Dr Jeffrey Howard explains how the criminal justice system might be transformed.

Time: 1.15-1.55

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Part of the LSE Events programme - featuring:

  • Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law (LSE)
  • Steve Peers, Professor of Law (University of Essex)
  • Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Professor of European and Human Rights Law (University of Oxford)

Prof Gearty will be launching his latest book at the event and asking if there is any place for human rights in post-Brexit Britain.

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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.

This lecture will explore and explain the difference in outcomes between cases in Crime and Care, considering the framework of 'Beyond reasonable doubt' versus 'the balance of probabilities' and the concept of the judge's role to determine the law and the jury the facts, as against the idea that the judge determines all. Rules on disclosure, hearsay, use of expert witnesses, and time scales in court will be examined to consider why a Not Guilty verdict in Crime may not be enough, in some cases, to resume being a parent.

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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!

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This seminar will consider the meaning of intelligence; some definitions of artificial intelligence and how to test for artificial intelligence, outlining the criticisms, and will then consider how judges and lawyers should be responding to the new world in which we live.

Speaker: Stephen Mason

Time: 12:00-14:00

Register to attend

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In the context of the Brexit vote, Geoffrey Mead (a partner at Eversheds LLP) will consider the impact of EU law on employment law and rights in the UK, and the importance of it in regulating the employment relationship. In the context of the recent vote to leave the EU, he will explore which areas of UK law may change as and when we do leave the EU. This will involve a consideration of the legal regime which might apply post-Brexit, as well as an assessment of government policy priorities in this field.

Location: University of East London

Time: Registration from 6, lecture at 6.30.

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IALS Law Reform Project Workshop.

Time: 14:00-17:15

Full details available on IALS website

Part of LSE Events programme - Diplomats, academics and politicans debate the future of Europe. Featuring Sylvie Bermann (Ambassador of France to the UK), Tony Giddens (member of the House of Lords) and Margaret MacMillan (Professor of History at University of Oxford).

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The City Law School, in conjunction with The ADR Forum of the Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice present Professor Susan Blake's inaugural lecture, "The contractual basis for Alternative Dispute Resolution: a platform for party autonomy or the privatisation of justice?"

The use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is growing rapidly. Based on the principles of contract law, options such as arbitration and mediation allow parties to control the process through which a civil dispute is resolved in a flexible way. Party autonomy is highly valued, not only in relation to resolving commercial disputes, but across a range of legal areas. In the modern world there may be attractions in shifting from an adversarial system towards one that gives more control to those who are involved in disputes, and contractual principles provide a sound basis for this.

However, problems with the shift towards ADR have been identified by a range of commentators, for example as regards the need to protect the public development of precedent in the common law system. This lecture raises further questions about the interface between litigation and ADR - how can we best balance party autonomy and the development of an effective framework of legal rights as we move towards a world where legal disputes may increasingly be resolved online, while higher value disputes may be settled by private agreement?

Time: 18:00 for 18:30 lecture start

Venue: City Law School, Atkin Building, Grays Inn Place

Register to attend

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Speaker: The Hon Justice Weinberg, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia

Time: 12:30

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Part of the LSE Events programnme, featuring a conversation between Philippe Sands (Professor of Law at UCL and international lawyer) and Gerry Simpson (Professor and Chair in International Public Law, LSE).

Prof Sands will discuss his latest book East West Street that explores the creation of world-changing legal concepts following the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler's Third Reich.

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Panel discussion featuring Ken Adams, a US-based lawyer, consultant and speaker - author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (3rd ed, 2013 ABA). According to Ken, international authority on the building blocks of contract language, scratch the surface and you'll find dysfunction.

Traditional contract drafting largely relies on casual copying of precedent, buttressed by flimsy conventional wisdom. In England in particular, courts are prone to offering unjustifiable distinctions in contract terminology that English law firms are only too willing to endorse. And using copy-and-paste to create contracts is slow and inefficient. For a summary of Ken's views, see this item in The Lawyer.

The panel will be moderated by Mark Anderson (visiting Prof at UCL), with a panel including The Honourable Mr Justice Flaux, Kate Gibbons (Partner at Clifford Chance) and Kristin McFetridge (Chief Counsel for BT).

Event is free but register to attend!

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Speaker: Justice Mark Weinberg, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia

Time: 18:00

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Gresham College lecture - free to attend on first-come, first served basis.

Speaker: Bostjan M. Zupancic. Judge at the ECHR.

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.

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Databases

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Database Support Materials

i-law is THE database for those interested in maritime and commercial law. At City we subscribe to the Maritime and Insurance & Reinsurance modules.

Prime resources include Lloyds Law Reports and the Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly.

This database requires an individual username and password - ask your library for this.

Need extra help? Check out the guide and videos.

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.

Need extra help? Kristina Voronenko is your LexisNexis Student Associate and can provide online research support to students and staff.

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/

All databases require a City Law School student account for access. If you have trouble using a database, please email the Law Library or use the helpdesk form.

Electronic Journals, Reports and Texts

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All the e-journals, reports and texts available to City Law School students are collected on our separate E-texts Library where they are freely searchable and sortable according to many different categories and keywords.

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