Criminal justice system still failing the innocent19 December 2011A Public Statement issued by the Innocence Network UK (INUK) as part of a Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust-funded project details the key failings of the Criminal Cases Review Commission and its recommendations for reforms so that it can better assist the innocent.
Dr Emma Hitchings awarded joint £70K Nuffield Foundation grant19 December 2011Dr Emma Hitchings and Ms Joanna Miles (University of Cambridge) have been awarded a grant worth £70,000 from the Nuffield Foundation to undertake empirical research to discover the stage within court proceedings at which consent orders are made.
Cairo Declaration 3-4 December 201119 December 2011The participants of the meeting on Strengthening the Capacities of NHRIs in North Africa in Conflict and Post Conflict Situations, including representatives from the NHRIs in Algeria, Egypt and Morocco, as well as civil society organisations in Egypt, Libya, and Morocco, organised by the Human Rights Implementation Centre of the University of Bristol, the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights and the Network for African National Human Rights Institutions, on 3-4 December 2011 in Cairo, Egypt adopted the Cairo Declaration.
New Book: Novitz & Mangan, The Role of Labour Standards in Development: From Theory to Sustainable Practice?2 November 2011Professor Tonia Novitz (Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol Law School) and David Mangan (Lecturer in Obligations at the University of Leicester) have just published a collection of essays, 'The Role of Labour Standards in Development: From Theory to Sustainable Practice? ' which examines the multi-faceted ways in which labour standards can play a role in the achievement of development. The book, published by OUP, is based on papers delivered at a conference sponsored by the British Academy in 2009.
New Book: Stewart, Campbell & Baughen:The Law of Unincorporated Associations30 October 2011Simon Baughen, Reader of Law at the University of Bristol Law School, has co-authored 'The Law of Unincorporated Associations' with Nicholas Stewart QC, Ely Place Chambers and Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery and Queen's Bench Divisions) and Natalie Campbell, previously employed as barrister to Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd. The book is published by Oxford University Press.
Book by Julian Rivers shortlisted for Inner Temple Prize 20116 October 2011A recent work by Professor Julian Rivers, The Law of Organized Religions: between establishment and secularism (Oxford University Press, 2010), has been shortlisted for the Inner Temple Prize 2011. The Inner Temple Prize is awarded every three years for outstanding scholarly contributions to the understanding of the law as administered in England and Wales
New Book: Clarkson & Hill, The Conflict of Laws (4th edn)9 September 2011This summer has seen the publication of the fourth edition of this highly successful text. This new edition of The Conflict of Laws, by Professor Jonathan Hill (University of Bristol Law School) and Professor Chris Clarkson (University of Leicester) is designed for both undergraduate and postgraduate students wishing to acquire a sophisticated up-to-date understanding of English private international law.
Academic predicted corporate use of FOI to access academic research data1 September 2011Reports in the media (1 Sept 2011) suggest that Philip Morris International, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, is seeking to gain access to Stirling university's centre for tobacco control research data on thousands of children who are smokers, revealing their attitudes to smoking and reactions to packaging and advertising, through the UK's Freedom of Information legislation. This corporate use of FOI law was one of several outcomes predicted by Andrew Charlesworth, Reader in IT law at the University of Bristol Law School, in a paper delivered at the Society for Computers and Law Policy Forum in September last year.
Times Higher: Will the real L.S.Bibbings please stand up?1 September 2011Lois S Bibbings, Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol Law School, writes in the Times Higher about the potentially far-reaching implications of a journal review of her best-selling book 'Telling Tales About Men' which, at the click of a keyboard, inadvertently brought to life an unexpected alter-ego - the raffish and rakish "Louis Bibbings'.
New Book: Rowland, Kohl & Charlesworth, Information Technology Law (4th ed.)22 August 2011Andrew Charlesworth, Reader in IT Law at the University of Bristol Law School, has written a new edition of Information Technology Law, with Professor Diane Rowland and Uta Kohl of the University of Aberystwyth Law School. This fourth edition of Information Technology Law has been completely revised in the light of developments within the field since publication of the first edition in 1997.
Should the work of Banksy be listed?22 August 2011Graffiti has traditionally been seen as a menace by local authorities, its appearance viewed as an indicator of decline in amenity and something to be painted over or scrubbed away. However, new research by the University's Law School questions whether the work of the well-known British street artist, Banksy, should be protected as a listed asset.
UoBIP: Is William Beck a victim of mistaken eyewitness identification?21 August 2011William Beck was 20 when he was arrested for an armed robbery of a post van in Livingston, Scotland on 16 December 1981. Nearly three decades later, after serving six years of imprisonment for a conviction based exclusively on eyewitness identification, he continues to maintain his innocence. The University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP) has taken on Mr Beck’s case and has submitted a response on his behalf following two rejections by the Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission — the independent public body set up to review alleged miscarriages of justice.
Law School's latest successful PhD: Dan Newman9 August 2011Congratulations to Dan Newman who has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for his thesis entitled "Access to Justice and the Practitioner-Client Relationship: An Ethnographic Investigation into the World of Criminal Legal Aid." His examiners were Professor Celia Wells (Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Bristol) and Professor Ed Cape (Professor of Criminal Law and Practice at the University of the West of England).
One million euro grant for research into UK advice agencies3 August 2011A grant of over one million euros has been awarded to Dr Morag McDermont at the University of Bristol by the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate the ways in which UK advice agencies mediate between citizens and the practices of law. Dr McDermont, a Senior Lecturer from the University’s School of Law, will lead a research team in a four-year study of the role of advice agencies. The research will focus primarily on Citizens Advice — the UK’s leading advice organisation — to understand how people experience law in their everyday lives.
Human Rights Implementation Centre publishes Second Annual Report5 July 2011The Human Rights Implementation Centre is pleased to present its Second Annual Report which provides an account of all the activities in which its members have been engaged from 1 June 2010 to 30 June 2011 as well as an insight into its plans for the forthcoming year.
Nina Boeger invited to speak at 23rd SASE Meeting, Madrid 23-25 June21 June 2011Nina Boeger has been invited to speak at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) in Madrid on 23-25 June 2011, in a multi-disciplinary panel on 'The Rise and Decline of Neo-liberalism: Scientific Communities, Political Technocracy, and Regulatory Regimes'.
New Book: Seabourne, Imprisoning Medieval Women15 June 2011Dr Gwen Seabourne, Senior Lecturer in the Law School, and researcher in legal history, has written a new book entitled Imprisoning Medieval Women - The Non-Judicial Confinement and Abduction of Women in England, c.1170-1509, published by Ashgate.
Professor Malcolm Evans to deliver the Annual Lambeth Inter-Faith Lecture7 June 2011Professor Malcolm Evans will deliver the Annual Lambeth Inter-Faith Lecture at Lambeth Palace on 8 June 2011. The lecture, entitled ' Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief: Agendas for Change', will be delivered to an invited audience of about 100 religious leaders, ambassadors, civil servants and lawyers.
Nina Boeger awarded AHRC research grant26 May 2011Nina Boeger has been awarded a £88,000 AHRC grant for a 15 month project 'Making Europe in their Image: communities of expertise and the shaping of EU governance'.