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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).
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Upcoming Law Events

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.

Time: 15:00-16:30

Location: SW1.17, The Dickson Poon School of Law, Somerset House East Wing

Register online

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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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Speaker:Joanna McCunn (Clare College, Cambridge)

Time: 6-8pm

Location: IALS

Free but book in advance!

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Tue 31 Jan

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.

Time: 16:00-18:00

Location: Council Room, UCL School of Public Policy, 29-30 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU

Register online

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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?

Book online and more info

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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:

  • 5 Essex Court
  • 33 Bedford Row
  • 1 Essex Court
  • Landmark Chambers
  • Cloisters

6 PM Student Common Room - All welcome.

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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.

Time: 12:30-1:30

Location: IALS

Free but book in advance!

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Speaker: Professor Lilian Edwards (Strathclyde University)

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.

Book online and find out more

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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.

Event description:

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).

More info & booking

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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 [2006] 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).

Time: 18:00-19:15

Location:UCL Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Gower Street

Register online

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Speaker: The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE (The Supreme Court)

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

Register online

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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.

Time: 18:30-21:00

Location: Ground floor lecture theatre, ArtsOne Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS

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Speaker: Diana Richards, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Discussant: Professor Linda Mulcahy, London School of Economics

Time: 6-8pm

Location: IALS

Free but book to attend!

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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 University, Australia
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.

Time: 10-4

Location: City Law School, Princeton Street

Free to attend but booking required

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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.

Time: 1-2pm

Venue: SOAS, Russell Square: College Buildings Room: L67

Open to the public - no need to register

[External Link]

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.

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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)

Time: 18:00-20:00

Find out more and book online

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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.

Chair: The Rt. Hon. Lord Reed (The Supreme Court)

Time: 18:00-19:00

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

Register online

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The Pupillage Team will be holding a drinks party at our London office on Thursday 9th February 2017 from 6pm until 8pm. Please come along to meet members of chambers who practice in crime, commercial and regulatory law and find out more about pupillage at 23 Essex Street. To secure a place at this free event please email

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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.

Time: 14:00-15:30

Location: SW1.18, The Dickson Poon School of Law, Somerset House East Wing

Register online

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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.

Time: 18:00-19:30

Location: SW1.18, Strand campus, King's College London, Strand

Register online

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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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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

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Shami Chakrabarti discusses her position as Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales with questions from the audience and online.

Time: 6:30-8

Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

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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.

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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.

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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-)

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