News in 2020

  • Record numbers of law students receive a career mentor in scheme expansion 15 December 2020 The Law School, working in collaboration with the Professional Liaison Network (PLN), has managed to secure record numbers of mentoring places for law students to support their career journey alongside their studies this year.
  • New Law School Global Partnerships 15 December 2020 The Law School has announced a number of international partnerships through the University’s Global Transfer programme. The partnerships will provide talented students from China and India with the opportunity to transfer their studies to Bristol, experience a world-leading legal education and graduate with a degree from both the participating university and the University of Bristol.
  • Abdulhakeem Tijani, 1985-2020 14 December 2020 Abdulhakeem Tijani, who was a PhD student and Teaching Assistant in the Law School, sadly passed away in Nigeria in October this year. He was taken from us too early, but his memory will live long in the memories of staff, PGR colleagues, and of students he taught. Professors Judy Laing and Rachel Murray provide a tribute to his life.
  • Human Rights Day: COVID-19 and the role of the Human Rights Implementation Centre 10 December 2020 10 December marks the 2020 Human Rights Day. The theme this year relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to ensure human rights are central to recovery efforts. Throughout the year, members of the Law School’s Human Rights Implementation Centre have demanded that ongoing monitoring of individuals deprived of their liberty remains a priority for States around the world – whilst undertaking new research to inform future implementation.
  • Dr Katie Cruz in ESRC-funded research project to assess how Covid-19 is reshaping early years childcare 9 December 2020 A team of researchers from the universities of Leeds and Bristol, including the Law School’s Dr Katie Cruz, have been awarded funding of more than £430,000 from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of the UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to Covid-19, to assess the impact of coronavirus on early years childcare provision in the UK.
  • Why we’re a world-leading, truly international Law School - Q&A with our International Director 1 December 2020 This week we caught up with the Law School’s International Director, Professor Tonia Novitz, to find out more about the School’s international community, her ambition for our student mobility courses and her advice for students thinking about embarking on a law course.
  • International student scholarships: Think Big about Global Justice and apply today 30 November 2020 Applications for the Think Big about Global Justice Scholarship are now open to international undergraduate and postgraduate students starting their law degree at the University of Bristol in September 2021.
  • 'A law conversion course with a twist' - Q&A with MA student, Ffion Davies 19 November 2020 Choosing your route into law can be a tough decision, with multiple options available - which is why we asked current MA Law student, Ffion Davies to give some insight on what it is like to study our two-year fast track, senior status law degree and how the in depth approach has helped her to focus her future aspirations.
  • A research informed curriculum - Q&A with acting MA Director 18 November 2020 Ahead of our Postgraduate Virtual Open Day on 20 November, acting director of our MA in Law programme Dr Joshua Paine spoke to us about what it is like to study at a top 10 UK Law School, its dynamic learning community and how research informs a diverse curriculum.
  • Find out about our LLM courses at our Postgraduate Virtual Open Day – Q&A with Postgraduate Director of Studies 16 November 2020 Ahead of our Postgraduate Law Virtual Open Day on 20 November, we caught up with the Law School's Postgraduate Director of Studies, Professor Charlotte Villiers, as she shared her tips for students thinking of applying to one of our postgraduate law programmes.
  • Student research supports the Wellspring Settlement secure £98k to boost community renewal project 16 November 2020 Research from students at the University of Bristol has helped capture the impact of emergency work undertaken by the community anchor organisation, Wellspring Settlement, during lockdown. The resulting report supported a successful bid by the Wellspring Settlement to secure funding to boost the aspirations of people living in one of the most deprived wards in the UK*.
  • Law Clinic Annual Review: Doing more with Law 9 November 2020 Following national pro bono week (2-6 November 2020), the Law Clinic has shared its latest Annual Review. The review highlights how the Law Clinic service adapted in response to COVID-19, the essential skills students gained, and how plans to further develop its outreach work will ensure it continues to reach some of the most vulnerable people in the Bristol community.
  • Specialise your law studies - Q&A with LLM graduate Charlotte von Bremen-Küehne 3 November 2020 Ahead of our Postgraduate Law Virtual Open Day on 20 November, we caught up with LLM in International Law alumna, Charlotte von Bremen-Küene as she shared her inspiration for coming to Bristol, what she loved about the city and her advice for new postgraduate students.
  • Be More Empowered portraits celebrate staff, students and alumni from BAME backgrounds 22 October 2020 Law School alumnus Lord Paul Boateng is featured among the photographic portraits unveiled by the University of Bristol that celebrate some of its Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff, students and alumni who have led the way in education, the arts, economics, politics, activism and social change.
  • Q&A with Outstanding Award Achiever Kudzi Manase 22 October 2020 Undergraduate Law student Kudzi Manase, in addition to achieving the Bristol PLUS award, achieved an Outstanding Award in the category of Innovation and Enterprise, awarded to students who have achieved something through substantial and significant extra-curricular activities during their degree. In this Q&A Kudzi talks about her project, what motivated her to do her Outstanding Award activity, and her advice for new students starting out on their Law path at Bristol.
  • Dr Asma Vranaki in new multi-million-pound centre to protect citizens online 14 October 2020 The University of Bristol will lead a team of the UK’s world-leading cyber security experts in the creation of a new, £8.6 million centre to protect citizens online, with the Law School’s Dr Asma Vranaki as its Policy & Regulation Lead.
  • Q&A with LLB law student, Grace Achiaa 15 September 2020 Ahead of our Undergraduate Virtual Open Day for prospective Law students this week, we asked current law student Grace Achiaa about why she decided to apply for the LLB Law at Bristol, her favourite part of the course, and what she has found most rewarding about her time at Bristol.
  • A discipline with the potential to open up many opportunities - Q&A with our International Director 14 September 2020 Ahead of our virtual Undergraduate Open Day and ‘live chat’ on 15 September, we spoke to our International Director, Professor Tonia Novitz, to find out more about her different areas of work within the Law School, her favourite things about living and working in Bristol, and her advice for students thinking about embarking on an undergraduate law course.
  • Level up your expertise - Q&A with our Student Recruitment Director 14 September 2020 Ahead of our virtual Undergraduate Open Day and ‘live chat’ this week, Tuesday 15 September, we caught up with the Director of Recruitment and Admissions for Law, Professor David Cowan, to hear about his research and how teaching inspires him, how he would describe the Law School learning community, and his top piece of advice for new students.
  • Can Technology and Innovation Make Learning and Practising Law Better? 10 September 2020 On 17 September the Law School’s Centre for Global Law and Innovation (CGLI) will be hosting a webinar event to examine the impact of digital technologies on legal education and pedagogy, the practice of law, and their broader reach.
  • Law PhD students receive prestigious Modern Law Review Scholarships 12 August 2020 Two law PhD students have been successful in securing this year’s Modern Law Review Scholarships for the University of Bristol, providing financial support for the further research as part of their PhDs. Third year PhD students, Ricardo Buendia Esteban and Luciano Bottini Filho told us what receiving the scholarships mean to them, for their future research and careers.
  • Michael Furmston, 1933 – 2020 11 August 2020 Professor Michael Furmston, who joined the University of Bristol as Professor of Law and served twice as Faculty Dean, as well as becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University, has passed away at the age of 87. His friends and colleagues offer the following tribute to an eminent member of the Law community who was instrumental in shaping our Law School.
  • Professor Tonia Novitz provides employment rights expertise in BBC Points West interview 7 August 2020 Professor Tonia Novitz, Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol and Co-Director for the Law School's Centre for Law at Work, provided expertise on employment rights in an interview with BBC Points West, commenting on the obligations of employers and rights of employees amid anxieties around coronavirus and the lifting of lockdown.
  • Social Justice and the Legal Determinants of Health: Public Health Ethics Special Symposium 3 August 2020 The Centre for Health, Law, and Society (CHLS) was founded on the recognition of the importance of looking both at and far beyond the healthcare system when seeking to understand the links — for better and for worse — between health, law, and social justice. These links and the issues surrounding them are explored at national and global levels in a new Public Health Ethics journal special symposium on the legal determinants of health, following the CHLS symposium ‘Mapping the Path to Global Health with Justice.’
  • Professor Lois Bibbings helps launch teaching resource website for schools and colleges 31 July 2020 The Law School’s Professor Lois Bibbings, working as a member of local history organisations Remembering the Real World War 1 and Bristol Radical History Group, has helped to create free online teaching materials for schools and colleges based on recent historical research in the Southwest.
  • Professor John Coggon leads project creating guidance on COVID-19-related changes to UK health law and policy’ 29 July 2020 Professor John Coggon (Centre for Health, Law, and Society, University of Bristol Law School), in collaboration with the UK Faculty of Public Health, PolicyBristol and colleagues in Law Schools at Cardiff University, the University of Edinburgh, and Queen’s University Belfast, is leading an Elizabeth Blackwell Institute-funded project to track and analyse COVID-19 related developments in law and policy as these apply to health professionals and the contexts in which they work.
  • COVID-19: Prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment should be absolute 14 July 2020 To mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on the 26th June, Sir Malcolm Evans, Professor of Public International Law and Chair of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT), joined Mr Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), to make a joint statement.
  • Public health law and ethics: A rapid response to COVID-19 10 July 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic is unquestionably the most significant event to occur within global public health in (at least) a generation. It will present serious challenges globally - and well into the future. Thanks to a series of rapid response funds, introduced by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (EBI), professors from the Centre for Health, Law, and Society have been able to quickly identify, and start to tackle, challenges to the pursuit of human rights, good governance and social justice.
  • Find your focus: Q&A with LLB student Jasmine Conway 10 July 2020 Ahead of our Live Chat for prospective Law students next week, we asked current law student Jasmine Conway about why she decided to apply for the LLB Law at Bristol, her favourite part of the course, what she has found most rewarding about taking part in the Law Clinic, debating, mooting, and law societies.
  • Law students receive prestigious Middle Temple award for work experience at the Bar 8 July 2020 Each year the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple offers up to 30 Access to the Bar Awards, providing eligible students with one week’s work experience in a set of barristers’ chambers and one week’s marshalling alongside a judge. This year, two of our law students were successful in attaining these awards to help better prepare them for a career at the bar.
  • Professor Sarah Green interviewed for Counsel Magazine 6 July 2020 Last month the Law School’s Professor Sarah Green, current Commissioner for Commercial and Common Law, was interviewed by Oliver Sanders QC for Counsel Magazine. She spoke about her journey from coder to Commissioner, her ambitious programme of reform, and the implications of emerging tech on both law and society.
  • Implementing positive change: Q&A with Modupe Lucas (LLB with Study in Continental Europe) 23 June 2020 Ahead of our Undergraduate Open Day this Friday, 26 June, we asked current LLB student Modupe Lucas about her favourite things about her studies, living in Bristol, and the extra-curricular activities she got involved in, as well as her experience of studying abroad in Spain and her top tip for students going abroad.
  • Dr Janine Sargoni, 1973 – 2020 19 June 2020 Dr Janine Sargoni, who joined the Law School as a postgraduate student in 2008, before undertaking doctoral research which led to her appointment as Lecturer in Law in 2014, has died at the age of 46. Her friends and colleagues offer the following tribute to a well-liked and hugely respected member of the Law School community.
  • 'One of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had' Q&A with LLB student Nicole Hilton 18 June 2020 Ahead of our undergraduate virtual open day, we asked current LLB student, Nicole Hilton about what it's like studying law at Bristol, what opportunities she had to develop her passion in this subject and her plans to become a barrister.
  • FACE 2020: Decolonisation, intellectual Pan-Africanism, and the future of the multiversity 16 June 2020 Forever Africa Conference and Events (FACE) is a Pan-African initiative brought together by staff and students at the University of Bristol and directed by the Law School’s Dr Foluke Adebisi. This year’s event, FACE 2020, will be taking place from 22 - 26 June as a series of virtual midday talks.
  • Law Clinic celebrates 2019-2020 virtual awards event 15 June 2020 The annual Law Clinic awards were held last week to recognise the successes of the past year. Usually the awards event presents an opportunity for Law Clinic members, staff, and representatives from sponsoring firm Osborne Clarke to gather together to celebrate. Though held virtually this year to allow for social distancing safety and remote working conditions, the Law School is delighted to congratulate the Law Clinic and its student volunteers for their remarkable achievements.
  • Environmental and Energy Law Society wins Bristol SU Gold Award 1 June 2020 The Environmental and Energy Law Society (EELS) was founded in April 2019 by law students George Packer and Nicole Hilton. Through a year of hard work and commitment, the new society achieved the Bristol SU’s 2019/20 Gold Award – one of only two societies to achieve this during the academic year.
  • “COVID-19 is not an excuse for unlawful deprivation of liberty” 15 May 2020 Elina Steinerte, Visiting Research Fellow at the Human Rights Implementation Centre, led the work of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) in drafting a new Deliberation (Deliberation 11) adopted by the WGAD to advise the States worldwide on the prevention of arbitrary deprivation of liberty in the context of public health emergencies with specific emphasis on COVID-19.
  • Law Clinic Inquest Service shortlisted for Best New Pro Bono Activity Award 14 May 2020 The University of Bristol Law Clinic were the runners-up for ‘Best New Pro Bono Activity Award’ in the prestigious LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2020 for their pioneering inquest service, launched in November 2019.
  • Fast-track your legal career - Q&A with our MA Director 4 May 2020 In this Q&A, director of our MA in Law programme and senior lecturer in Law and Feminist Theory, Dr Yvette Russell spoke to us about what it is like to study at a top 10 UK Law School, its supportive learning community and how research informs a diverse curriculum.
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