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Finding things tough and need a listening ear?

Life as a law student can be tough at times…..

If you are finding things difficult and would like to talk to someone, your Student Welfare Officer, Su Cassidy will be available in A221 (College Building second floor, near spiral staircase) at the following times:

Tuesdays           1.00-3.00 pm

Wednesdays      2.00-4.00 pm

Fridays               10.00 am-12.00

You can book an appointment with Su at another time or at Gray’s Inn Place by emailing cls.support@city.ac.uk

Law School news posted by Emily on Sun 25 Nov, 2018

Do you have friends/family in need of legal advice?

The City Law School runs 3 clinics which are free for members of the public, where they would offer one-off advice to clients.

  • General Civil Law Day Clinic which runs on Tues and Weds at Princeton Street
  • General Civil Law Evening Clinic which runs on Thursday evenings from 6.30-8.00pm at Princeton Street
  • Specialised Employment Law Clinic which runs on Tuesday evenings from 6.30-8.00pm at Princeton Street

All a member of the public has to do is call 02070400341 to make an appointment.

Evening General Civil Clinics are on the following dates:

  • 8th Nov 2018
  • 29th Nov 2018
  • 10th Jan 2019
  • 24th Jan 2019
  • 14th Mar 2019
  • 11th Apr 2019

The Specialised Employment Law Clinic are on the following dates:

  • 20th Nov 2018
  • 11th Dec 2018
  • 15th Jan 2019
  • 12th Mar 2019
  • 2nd Apr 2019
  • 7th May 2019

The Day Clinics (running on Tues and Wed) are taking appointments now and for the foreseeable future.

Law School news posted by Emily on Wed 17 Oct, 2018

Accessing the FT online

Those of you wanting to improve your commercial awareness will know that the Financial Times is a useful tool for this.

Those of you who already have an account with ft.com will now need to re-register.

If you're new to City and would like to register for an ft.com account, please follow the info provided via the library website.

Law School news posted by Emily on Thu 14 Sep, 2017

Need to use another library to find materials?

Read all about the Sconul Access scheme via the City Library Services website.

Law School news posted by Emily on Mon 4 Sep, 2017
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Upcoming Law Events

Thu 21 February, 2019
City Law School Law Alumni Networking Reception

21st February 2019
City Law School Law Alumni Networking Reception

Event Time: 18:00-21:00

Venue: City, University of London

Come along and meet alumni and learn all about their journeys at this networking eveing (with a gamification twist!).

Event posted by Emily on Tue 14 August, 2018
Thu 21 February, 2019
On Being Able to Walk Twenty Metres...The QM Law and Society Lecture

21st February 2019
On Being Able to Walk Twenty Metres...The QM Law and Society Lecture

Event Time: 6-7:30pm

Venue: Peston Lecture Theatre Graduate Centre Queen Mary University of London E1 4NS Mile End Road United Kingdom

About the Law and Society Lecture

The Queen Mary Law and Society Lecture is a major annual lecture. Past lecturers include Shami Chakrabati, Sir Peter Gross, Jolyon Maugham, Clive Stafford-Smith, Sir Ross Cranston, David Ormerod and Sir Rabinder Singh.

About 'On being able to walk twenty metres' 

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 introduced Personal Independence Payments (PIPs), and in particular the enhanced mobility rate, with its twenty metre test to replacing the more flexibly applied fifty metre test for the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Rather than modify DLA so as to cure its perceived faults, the Government decided to ignore the past and start afresh. Deploying through the press the rhetoric of ‘Strivers v Skivers’ and ‘the real disabled’, it disregarded the accumulated expectations and security that had been given by lifetime awards to DLA, and attempted to rule out from PIP determinations evidence that had been used to inform decisions on DLA eligibility. The lecture examines the implementation of PIP and shows that the norms according to which DWP operates are radically at variance with those laid down in the Regulations governing PIPs. These developments have been central to the creation of a ‘hostile environment’, under austerity, for people with disabilities.

About the Speaker 

Peter Alldridge has been Drapers’ Professor of Law at Queen Mary since 2003. He has published widely in a number of fields, including financial crime and disability law. In 2013 he was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 2017 he served as a UN expert in Corruption, and in 2017-18 he was the President of the Society of Legal Scholars. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Disabled Lawyers.

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Event posted by Emily on Sat 19 January, 2019
Thu 28 February, 2019
Women at the Commercial Bar Open Day

28th February 2019
Women at the Commercial Bar Open Day

Event Time: 11-5

Venue: One Essex Court, Temple London EC4Y 9AR

One Essex Court is offering a unique opportunity for students to learn more about life as a woman at the commercial Bar.

This one-day event will include talks and advice sessions, interactive activities and networking opportunities all aimed at providing students with an invaluable insight into the life and work of successful female commercial barristers.

11.00 am Registration and welcome
11.30 am Discussion: life as a woman at the commercial Bar Lunch
12.30 pm Lunch

2.00 pm Advocacy workshop
3.30 pm Discussion: practical tips and next steps
4.15 pm Meeting with a female High Court Judge
5.00 pm Day ends with optional networking drinks

Applications are welcome from students in any year of undergraduate or postgraduate study and any discipline. The application form can be downloaded at www.oeclaw.co.uk/pupillage/open-day and must be submitted by 28 January 2019. Successful applicants will be informed by email by 11 February 2019.

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Wed 9 January, 2019
Thu 28 February, 2019
A Shrinking Space: The Dynamic Relationship between the Judiciary in a Liberal Society

28th February 2019
A Shrinking Space: The Dynamic Relationship between the Judiciary in a Liberal Society

Event Time: 6-7pm

Venue: Bentham House London WC1H 0EG

Current Legal Problems Lecture Series 2018-19

About the lecture:

Until recently, courts in authoritarian regimes are largely ignored as it is generally believed that the rule of law and independence of the judiciary could only flourish in a liberal democracy. In the last two decades, there has been a surge of academic researches on the complex roles that the courts could play and have played in authoritarian and semi-authoritarian regimes. Most of these studies were conducted with reference to a unified state. Many of them utilize social sciences or economic models such as game theory or transactional costs analysis, and rely on observations on the outcomes of controversial judicial decisions. In this context, the unique constitutional arrangement in Hong Kong, in which a liberal common law court in a highly sophisticated metropolis and one of the most important financial centres in the world, is encapsulated within a Socialist-Leninist sovereign regime that rejects separation of powers and values of individual liberalism on the one hand but has emerged as the second largest economy in the world on the other, provides a unique and interesting case study on the roles and functions of the judiciary within an authoritarian or semi-authoritarian regime. Using Hong Kong as an example, this lecture examines a series of controversial judicial decisions of the Hong Kong courts involving the interests of the Central Government. It is argued that no hypothesis about the courts could be completed without analysing in detail how they actually function, what constraints they face, and what choices and options are open to them in judicial adjudication.

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Sat 19 January, 2019
Wed 6 March, 2019
The rise of in-house lawyers and their changing role in the 21st century

6th March 2019
The rise of in-house lawyers and their changing role in the 21st century

Event Time: 6:30-8pm

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre 6th Floor, King's Building Strand Campus King's College London WC2R 2LS

Nigel Spencer, former Learning and Development lead at international law firm Reed Smith, and Deepak Malhotra, an experienced in-house lawyer and consultant to blue-chip corporations, discuss the role of the in-house lawyer.

They will describe the variety of opportunities now available for in-house counsel and how their position has gained greater and greater strategic importance over the last few decades.

The talk will also touch on the skills and aptitudes in-house lawyers need in the modern business environment and the future for this sector of legal practice.

The event will be followed by a networking reception

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Sat 19 January, 2019
Thu 7 March, 2019
Women and AI: Harms, Impacts and Remedies

7th March 2019
Women and AI: Harms, Impacts and Remedies

Event Time: 5-7pm

Venue: IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Our daily interactions with AI-driven technologies – whether seen or unseen – are becoming increasingly normalised. The use of AI virtual personal assistants (VPAs) in the home are one such feature. Yet, while recent policy documents on AI are quick to note the potential ethical impact of such technologies, little thorough critique has examined how these technologies work to create and reproduce asymmetries of power that fall across, in particular, lines of gender.

The female characterisation of Siri (Apple), Alexa (Amazon), and Cortana (Microsoft) – AI domestic assistants designed to make home life more efficient; the unprecedented walk-out in protest of Google’s treatment of women in November 2018; and the biases toward women ingrained in Amazon’s AI-driven recruitment system, all point to the critical need to undertake this kind of inquiry and to critical consider how the development and use of AI technologies intersect with issues of gender.

In response, the ILPC will be hosting an evening seminar on the 7th March to discuss these and other issues relating to the intersection of women, AI and the law. We seek to canvass issues including biases in algorithmic processing; the invisibility of women’s labour in the production and even design of technology; representation of women in ICTs; and the gendered design of AI technologies, such as VPAs.

Panel: 

Dr Nina Power, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Roehampton

Dr Sarah Dillon, Director of AI: Narratives and Justice, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Dr Reuben Binns, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, Research Fellow, Information Commissioner’s Office.
 

Discussant: Dr Rachel Adams, Early Career Researcher, Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Chair: Dr Nóra Ni Loideain, Director and Lecturer in Law, Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies 

Registration to the event is available here

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Sat 19 January, 2019
Wed 13 March, 2019
Maya Lester QC: EU Sanctions

13th March 2019
Maya Lester QC: EU Sanctions

Event Time: 6-8pm

Venue: AG03 College Building St John Street Northampton Square London EC1V 4PB

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law and human rights. She founded and co-writes the sanctions law blog europeansanctions.com with nearly 6000 followers around the world. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases including Kadi, VTB, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

The event will be chaired by Panos Koutrakos, Professor of European Union Law, City Law School

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Thu 17 January, 2019
Wed 13 March, 2019
Women's Legal Landmarks - in conversation

13th March 2019
Women's Legal Landmarks - in conversation

Event Time: 5-6pm

Venue: IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

In the centenary year of women’s admission to the legal profession in the UK and Ireland, the Institute is launching a year-long series of talks, exploring key legal landmarks in women’s legal history, including those relating to matrimonial property, rape, domestic violence, equal pay, and abortion. Speakers are drawn from the contributors to the Women’s Legal Landmarks Project (now published by Hart Publishing, Bloomsbury), which represent a significant achievement or turning point in women’s engagement with law and law reform. The series offers a scholarly intervention in the recovery of women’s lost history and in the development of methodology of feminist legal history, as well as demonstrating women’s agency and activism in the achievement of law reform and justice.

This session covers:

First Women's Refuge, 1971 - Felicity Kaganas

First Rape Crisis Centre, 1976 - Alison Diduck

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Fri 25 January, 2019
Mon 18 March, 2019
International Politics Annual Lecture and Policy Roundtable: The Future of Human Rights

18th March 2019
International Politics Annual Lecture and Policy Roundtable: The Future of Human Rights

Event Time: 3-6:30pm

Venue: Northampton Suite A, University Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB

Policy Roundtable 3.00pm - 4.30pm

"The Present & Future of the Refugee Crisis"

With panellists:

  • Elvana Thaci (Council of Europe, Office of the Secretary General's Special Representative on Migration and Refugees)
  • Catriona Jarvis & Syd Bolton (leaders of the NGO ‘Last Rights’)
  • Liza Schuster (City, UoL)
  • Glenda Cooper (Moderator, City, UoL)

Annual Lecture 5.00pm - 6.30pm

"The Future of Human Rights"

Speaker: Alison Brysk (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Is there a future for human rights in the era of Trump and Brexit?  The post-crisis policies of austerity, coupled with the electoral rise of populist leaders, and the EU’s management of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean have posed novel challenges for the most vulnerable groups.  Moreover, the application of new technologies presents both challenges and opportunities for human rights advocates.  Professor Alison Brysk will address these pressing issues in her keynote lecture.      

Register for the roundtable

Register for the annual lecture

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Thu 14 February, 2019
Tue 2 April, 2019
Britain Outside The EU: The State of Play

2nd April 2019
Britain Outside The EU: The State of Play

Event Time: 17:30

Venue: The Northampton Suite University Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB

What will the UK's relationship with the EU look like after it officially withdraws on 29 March 2019? The situation has been highly speculative since the UK voted to leave in June 2016 and uncertainties increase especially as negotiations face difficulties on the EU level as well as in the UK itself.

Experts from The City Law School will examine the state of play after the official date of withdrawal in two broad areas - those with an international aspect, and those with domestic elements. They will look at international trade, international agreements and international dispute settlement after Brexit, and competition law in the UK, EU citizens' rights and the future relationship between the UK and EU.

The event is structured as follows:

INTERNATIONAL ASPECTS OF BREXIT
Professor Elaine Fahey - international trade
Professor Panos Koutrakos - international agreements
Dr Jed Odermatt - dispute settlement

DOMESTIC ELEMENTS OF BREXIT
Dr Andriani Kalintiri - competition law
Dr Adrienne Yong - EU citizens' rights
Professor Sir Alan Dashwood QC - future relationship

This will be followed by Q&As and a drinks reception.

Free to attend but please reserve your place here to help us prepare for the drinks reception

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Thu 10 January, 2019
Wed 10 April, 2019
Women's Legal Landmarks - in conversation

10th April 2019
Women's Legal Landmarks - in conversation

Event Time: 5-6pm

Venue: IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

In the centenary year of women’s admission to the legal profession in the UK and Ireland, the Institute is launching a year-long series of talks, exploring key legal landmarks in women’s legal history, including those relating to matrimonial property, rape, domestic violence, equal pay, and abortion. Speakers are drawn from the contributors to the Women’s Legal Landmarks Project (now published by Hart Publishing, Bloomsbury), which represent a significant achievement or turning point in women’s engagement with law and law reform. The series offers a scholarly intervention in the recovery of women’s lost history and in the development of methodology of feminist legal history, as well as demonstrating women’s agency and activism in the achievement of law reform and justice.

This session covers:

A Brief Summary of the Most Important Laws Concerning Women, Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, 1854 - Joanne Conaghan

Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp, 1981-2000 - Elizabeth Woodcraft

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Fri 25 January, 2019

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Database Support Materials

i-law

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.

LexisLibrary

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

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

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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