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Law School news posted by Emily on Wed 20 Mar, 2019

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

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 will now need to re-register.

If you're new to City and would like to register for an 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

Tue 23 April, 2019
The European Parliament (EP), Elections and Brexit: an Evening with Claude Moraes, Chairperson of the EP LIBE Committee

23rd April 2019
The European Parliament (EP), Elections and Brexit: an Evening with Claude Moraes, Chairperson of the EP LIBE Committee

Event Time: 6pm

Venue: AG03 College Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB

The European Parliament is increasingly in the spotlight for its growing politicisation and rising legal competences. Claude Moraes, Labour MEP for London and Chairperson of the ‘LIBE’ Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament, arguably the EP’s most powerful and globally significant committee, will give a talk at City Law School on Tuesday 23 April at 6.00pm.

Legal Opinion is divided on whether the UK should be required to hold EP elections while still a member of the EU without having formally left the EU or whether flexibility can be shown to core institutional principles, representative democracy and evolving constitutional affairs. The EP itself looks set to play a fundamental role going forward in UK-EU negotiations on a future trade relationship. What practices and principles are of note? As part of an emerging transnational regulator, the EP is increasingly involved in global regulation e.g. as to Facebook, hearing evidence from Mark Zuckerberg who refused to appear before national parliaments and committees, including the UK parliament. Often decried as politically unimportant and a talking-shop by politicians and media in the UK, at a global level the EP is accorded greater credibility and political space because of the ever-growing global reach of EU law. Claude Moraes shares his thoughts as outgoing chair of arguably the most important European Parliament committee, the LIBE committee.

The talk will consider the role of the European Parliament in the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK needs to legally hold European Parliament elections and the transnational dimension to civil liberties e.g. where the EP is involved in the transnational regulation of data, security and terrorism.

Seminar Series: Institute for the Study of European Law (ISEL) and Constitutional Law

Guest SpeakerClaude Moraes, Labour MEP for London, Chair LIBE Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament

Chair: Prof. Elaine Fahey, City Law School

Discussants: Dr Elizabeth O’ Loughlin, City Law School; Dr Adrienne Yong, City Law School

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Fri 12 April, 2019
Tue 30 April, 2019
A Penny for your Thoughts? Issues when mind data goes wild

30th April 2019
A Penny for your Thoughts? Issues when mind data goes wild

Event Time: 5:30-7pm

Venue: IALS, 17 Russell Square, London

Speaker:  Dr Paul Lambert, IALS Visiting Research Fellow

Aspirations and research into mind data and neurodata have been developing recently. This raises issues of transparency, ethics and personal data. However, the laboratory setting and medical environment is about to be left behind as developers seek to release commercial applications in the mass market - far, far away from the reasonable expectations of diligence and consent of individuals. Policy debate is needed in the face of the impending wild west battle for your thoughts. 

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Fri 12 April, 2019
Thu 2 May, 2019
Association of Women Barristers Film and Panel Event: Film Screening of 'The Judge'

2nd May 2019
Association of Women Barristers Film and Panel Event: Film Screening of 'The Judge'

Event Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Venue: City University Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn Place, London WC1R 5BQ

A film about the journey of Judge Khaloud Al-Faqih and her appointment as the first female judge in the Shari’a Courts in Palestine

‘Glass-ceiling-shattering’ Holywood Reporter

Followed by a panel discussion on breaking through glass ceilings in law and other disciplines


Chair: Lynne Townley, Chair of the Association of Women Barristers

Panel members:

Amerdeep Somal, Judge of the First Tier Tribunal and Asylum Chamber and Social Entitlement Chamber.

Dr Sandy Spencer, a senior medical practitioner who also holds senior regulatory positions within the NHS.

Samir Pasha, a lawyer specialising in human rights, extradition and criminal law. In 2011 he was a Human Rights Law Association bursary winner for his work in the West Bank, occupied Palestinian Territory. Samir worked for Defence for Children International (DCI), based in Ramallah. DCI are an international advocacy NGO that focus on protecting and representing Palestinian children.

Carl Allen, management consultant and global leader of IBM’s Cognitive Applications and Consulting Services Team.  IBM won the 2018 Catalyst Award for Advancement of Women in the Workplace and Best Company for multicultural women working together in 2017.



Event posted by Emily on Tue 2 April, 2019
Thu 2 May, 2019
The Child and Medical Treatment: the Chance to Live, or Die with Dignity?

2nd May 2019
The Child and Medical Treatment: the Chance to Live, or Die with Dignity?

Event Time: 6pm

Venue: Barnard's Inn Hall Holborn London EC1N 2HH [ map to venue (new window) ]

What happens when doctors and parents cannot agree on whether a child should be given experimental medical treatment? Why is there any question mark over a parent’s right to decide if medical treatment for their child continues? 

From the parents of Aysha King who successfully secured proton beam therapy for their son to the despair surrounding baby Charlie Gard and his life-limiting genetic disorder: how does the court make decisions that can potentially prolong life or bring about the death of a child?

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture 
Read more at the Gresham College website.

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Fri 12 April, 2019
Tue 14 May, 2019
Is there danger ahead with AI?

14th May 2019
Is there danger ahead with AI?

Event Time: 1pm

Venue: Museum of London 150 London Wall Barbican London EC2Y 5HN [ map to venue (new window) ]

Professor Wilks will discuss the argument that ‘superintelligent’ AI may turn against us, as Hawking and Bostrom have warned. It will be argued that these worries misrepresent the achievements and potential of AI, and that the ethical dilemmas of AI will be deeper and more challenging than just managing idleness due to automation, or how to blame an automated car in a crash. They will include how to treat the artificial Companions created to curate our own lifetimes of information.

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture

Read more via the Gresham College website.

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Fri 12 April, 2019
Wed 19 June, 2019
City University Graduate Jobs Fair

19th June 2019
City University Graduate Jobs Fair

Event Time: 2-4.30pm

The countdown to launching your graduate career begins now!

 You will get an opportunity to meet employers from across a range of industries who are keen to engage with you. Many of these employers will be shortlisting on the day so check and print your CV, dress smartly and come along!

Examples of Fair exhibitors:


  • Ark Teacher Training
  • FDM Group
  • Sparta Global
  • Beyond Autism
  • F-LEX
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Bright Young Things Tuition
  • LondonEnergy
  • Teach First
  • City Year UK
  • Optionis
  • Unitemps
  • DXW Digital
  • Pioneer Search Ltd
  •  VIU
  • East London Foundation Trust
  • Projee UK Ltd
  • X4 Group
  • Eldwick Law
  • Reed

Book your spot now via CareersHub:


[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Tue 26 March, 2019
Wed 3 July, 2019
The Perennial Problem of Disclosure

3rd July 2019
The Perennial Problem of Disclosure

Event Time: 9.30-4pm

Venue: Room 2X112, Bristol Business School (X Block), Frenchay Campus

Join us for a one-day conference at UWE Bristol Law School on the topic “The Perennial Problem of Disclosure – A way forward?” This event is sponsored by the annual Socio-Legal Scholars Association's Annual Seminar Series and the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR). Organised by Ed Johnston from our Criminal Justice Research Unit.

The confirmed speakers for the conference are:

Anthony Edwards is a criminal defence solicitor who specialises in corruption, fraud and major crime. He is widely acknowledged as one of the leading authorities on Police Station law and he has published widely in the areas of criminal procedure.

Anthony will be speaking on the topic 'Contemporary issues with disclosure in the police station'.

Dr Abenaa Owusu-Bempah is an Assistant Professor of Law at the London School of Economics. Her research interests focus on criminal procedure and fair trial rights. Her recent book, Defendant Participation in the Criminal Process, examines how the disclosure provisions of the CrimPR compel the defendant to actively participate in their own criminal trial. The book examines how the adversarial criminal process can be effected by essentially non-adversarial provisions.

Abeena will be speaking on the topic 'Reconsidering defence disclosure'.

Dr Hannah Quirk is a reader in Criminal Law at Kings College London. Her research interests centre around wrongful convictions and sentences. She has published extensively on the erosion of the Right to Silence and wrongful convictions.

Hannah will be speaking on the topic 'Uncovering disclosure errors: Appeals and the CCRC'.

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Fri 12 April, 2019


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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.

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-)

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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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