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October 2012

  • European Crisis Workshop
    The Law School held a workshop on the European Crisis on 24 October 2012, sponsored by Routledge and the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation. The participants were Jean-Bernard Chatelain, Professor in Economics and Finance, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne who spoke about the transition of the financial crisis from the US to Europe; Kenneth Dyson, Research Professor at the School of European Languages, Translation and Politics of Cardiff University who presented on the imperfections of European economic governance at times of supreme emergency; Dieter Pesendorfer, Senior Lecturer in Regulation at the School of Law Queen's University Belfast who discussed options for structural reforms of the European financial markets; and Ioannis Glinavos, Lecturer in Law at Reading Law School who talked about the possibilities for and implications of a possible Greek exit from the Eurozone. The event was attended by academics and students from a variety of disciplines and institutions. Flyer for Workshop.

  • Annual Pro Bono Fair
    The annual Pro Bono Fair held at Foxhill House on Wednesday 24th October proved a great success as usual. Stallholders included projects sponsored by the Law School, student-led groups, and outside organisations which are keen to recruit student volunteers. This year for the first time there were stalls for 'Access to Law' (a student-led group which aims to encourage interest in schools in the legal professions, and law as a degree subject), and for the IPSEA Telephone Helpline, which offers advice to parents on whether their children's special educational needs are being met, and on any legal redress that they may have. Well over a hundred students - mainly first years, but with some from other years - attended, and the stalls were kept busy nearly until the closing time. This year for the first time the Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell, paid the Fair a visit, and he took the opportunity to find out more about the various activities on offer.

  • Appointment of Mr Malcolm Head as School of Law Fellow in Legal Services
    Malcolm Head has been appointed as the School of Law Fellow in Legal Services. He is the managing partner of the Head Partnership (which he established in 1991) and access to his experience and understanding of the commercial environment of legal practice is an invaluable resource for staff and students alike. Malcolm currently runs a CV clinic advising students on how best to present themselves to employers and regularly visits the School to present to students and staff on the changing nature of legal practice and the steps needed to prepare for the demands of a deregulated profession.

  • Bar Council of India visits the University of Reading
    The School of Law at the University of Reading was delighted to welcome three eminent lawyers from the Bar Council of India for an inspection of the quality of education provided by the Law school. See further information
  • Professor Kokkoris will be visiting the British Council in Moscow, Russia to present our PG programmes to potential applicants. The Henley Business School will also be represented. See further information

September 2012

  • The following appointments have been made within the School of Law:
    Ms Beatrice Krebs, Lecturer
    Simon Flacks, Lecture
    Dr Stavroula Karapapa, Senior Lecturer
    Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler, Lecturer
    Dr Jorge Guira, Senior Lecturer
    Dr Katja Samuel, Lecturer

June 2012

  • Top-ten status
    Commenting on the Law School's position (9th) in the influential Times league table, Head of School Professor Chris Hilson stated: "this confirms our status as a leading, top-ten UK Law School and is something of which staff, students and alumni can be justifiably proud".

May 2012

  • Experience Reading
    Undergraduate open days 2012 Friday 22 June, Saturday 6 October and Saturday 27 October 
    more information

  • Reading School of Law / IALS Training Event on Terrorism Research
    On the 15 June 2012, The school's Law, Terrorism and Right to Know project is holding a training event in collaboration with IALS entitled "Terrorism & Security Research in the UK: Using and Understanding Legal Resources". A full programme for the event can be found here.

April 2012

  • Lord Denning Scholarship Success
    The school is delighted to announce the award by Lincoln's Inn of a Lord Denning Scholarship to Miss Natasha Shotunde. Natasha graduated in 2011 and was a formidable mooter at Reading. Somehow, she still found the time to participate in our pro-bono programme, to hold an internship with INQUEST and to assist in representation at employment tribunals! We wish her all the best in her future career at the bar and congratulate her on the award of this prestigious and competitive scholarship.

  • Student achievement
    Emma Spencer has been awarded a Jules Thorn Scholarship from Middle Temple to undertake her Bar Vocational Course. Iain Shirley has also been awarded a Middle Temple scholarship. These are highly competitive scholarships, so congratulations to Emma and iain!"

  • Climate Change Litigation, Policy and Mobilization
    Professor Chris Hilson was co-convenor of a workshop (with Dr Lisa Vanhala at UCL) on Climate Change Litigation, Policy and Mobilization, funded by and held at the British Academy, London 26-27 April. The workshop included a practitioner session, with contributions from, among others, DEFRA, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and WWF.

  • British complicity in rendition
    Lawrence McNamara appeared on Channel 4 news discussing, secrecy, security and the legal action that has been commenced against former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw: Channel 4, 18 April 2012 Lawrence is principal investigator on the ESRC-funded Law, Terrorism and the Right to Know project.
  • Mooting News
    Find out all that has happed this year.  See further information
  • New academic posts
    The University is creating new academic posts in the School of Law... See further information
  • Reading FC promoted
    Reading Football Club will be playing in the Premiership next year having won promotion on Tuesday 17 April. This will be a big boost for the town and will no doubt be welcomed by our football-supporting students from the UK and abroad, who can now look forward to watching live premiership action.

March 2012

  • Geneva study trip for post-graduate law students
    In March 2012, the Law School organised a study trip to Geneva for post-graduate law students. See further information

  • 2012 Annual Lecture kindly sponsored by LexisNexis
    Akbar Khan, Director of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division and the Commonwealth Secretary-General's Principal Legal Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat
    This year's lecture, 'Global Threats and Human Rights: The Commonwealth as an Agent of Change' took place on 15 March 2012 at the Whiteknights Campus of the University of Reading. See further information

  • Seminar in "123 Agreement project" Series

    On 14 March, Dr. James A. Green hosted a research seminar given by Prof. Daniel Joyner of the University of Alabama School of Law on the extremely topical subject of "Iran's Nuclear Programme and International Law." This was the final event of the three year British Academy UK-South Asia Partnership funded "123 Agreement project", run by a number of scholars in the School of Law in partnership with the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai. Further information about the project is available at:

  • Law students' video link to India for international 'court case'
    Students from the University of Reading's School of Law have taken part in an international 'moot court' competition organised by a partner institution in India. See further information
  • International Law Mooting
    On Friday 9th March 2012, a team from Reading took part in the UK final of the Telders International Law Mooting Competition, held at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in Cambridge. See further information

February 2012

  • Family and Work Network
    Grace James (University of Reading) and Nicole Busby (Stirling University) received funding from the AHRC for a Family and Work Network (FAWN) in the UK to bring together a core group of researchers from a variety of academic disciplines and other interested user-communities to explore aspects of employment law's engagement with working families. The first (of three) seminars ("Work / family challenges in an era of reconciliation") took place at Reading University in January 2012. To support the seminar series, and to encourage and facilitate ongoing interactions and opportunities for the development of further research links and information sharing, a new FAWN website will be launched in the next month.

January 2012

  • Law Students to compete in national Client Interviewing Competition
    Congratulations are due to the Reading team, Anastasia Demetriou and Kerry-Anne Effiom, who entered the southern regional heats of the national Client Interviewing Competition, which were held in the University of Leicester on Saturday, 28 January. They will now proceed to the national stage of the competition. See further information
  • 2012 Annual Lecture

    Akbar Khan, Director of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division and the Commonwealth Secretary-General's Principal Legal Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat

    Thursday 15 March 2012, 7.00pm, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus

    This year's lecture, 'Global Threats and Human Rights: The Commonwealth as an Agent of Change' will be delivered by Akbar Khan, Director of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division and the Commonwealth Secretary-General's Principal Legal Adviser. See further information

  • Law students compete in national mediation competition:
    Second year Law students, Laura Rose Budden and Kristian Assirati, represented the School in the Second Worshipful Arbitrators Mediation Skills Competition. The competition, which included both undergraduate and postgraduate teams, proved a very worthwhile experience resulting in very valuable and greatly improved mediation skills.  See further information 

  • Working Internationally: A Careers Forum for Postgraduate Students
    Dr. Robert P. Barnidge, Jr., hosted the annual workshop Working Internationally: A Careers Forum for Postgraduate Students on Wednesday, 25 January. This annual workshop looks at opportunities that are available to students with a postgraduate degree in law to find employment abroad or employment with an international dimension to it. Speakers from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EURES -- the European Partnership for Job Mobility and the Universitys Student Employment, Experience and Careers Centre addressed this years workshop. The workshop forms an integral part of the career planning provision for postgraduate students in the School of Law and brings them into direct contact with people from international organisations who can provide up-to-the-minute guidance and direction about developing a career in fields directly relevant to the postgraduate programmes.
  • The female body and biomedicine: liberation or exploitation?
    Thrse Callus presented a paper at the fourth international workshop of the International Academic Network on Bioethics on the Female Body and Bioethics in Tozeur, Tunisia, December 2011. Entitled 'Rflexions sur l'autonomie, la libert et la responsabilit en droit anglais' (The Female Body and Biomedicine : Reflections on Autonomy, Liberty and Responsibility in English law), her paper explored how advances in biomedicine have been both liberating and exploitative for women, and how the law has been used to serve both ends. From the earliest representations of the female skeleton to the latest developments in artificial wombs, both society and science have dictated a particular construction of the female body which in turn, has dictated particular legal constructions of women through their bodies. See further information.

December 2011

  • Find out the latest PG Information and news
    School of Law Postgraduate Bulletin Dec 2011

  • Funded PhD studentship: 'The Effects of Enhanced Sanctioning and 'Punitive Regulation' upon Business Behaviour'

    The School of Law at the University of Reading, UK, is seeking a PhD candidate wishing to undertake a funded doctoral project that is part of a collaborative research project with the British Safety Council.  Closing date 31st January 2012.

  • Law student wins prestigious essay competition
    Stephanie Meulenbelt, a student on the LLM International Law and World Order in 2010-11, has won the Trench Gascoigne Prize Essay Competition with an essay originally submitted as part of her LLM programme. Stephanie's winning essay was entitled 'Worm' as Weapon of Mass Destruction: How to Legally Respond to Cyber-Warfare? The competition is a prestigious one, run by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) think tank, and rewards outstanding essays relating to the themes of security and defence. As part of the award, the RUSI will be publishing Stephanie's winning essay in their flagship journal.

  • Prize Giving Ceremony - 8 December 2011

    Students who were awarded prizes for performance at Parts 1 and 2 were presented with their awards at a prize giving ceremony held by the School.

    We would like to thank all the firms and organisations that generously sponsor the prizes and we were pleased to welcome representatives from Shoosmiths and Clarkslegal who presented the prizes sponsored by their firms.

    Our congratulations go to all the students who received awards.

November 2011

  • School of Law innovations in the news
    The Financial Times published the Innovative Law Schools report online at and was also published in print in the Financial Times on Monday, 28th November. See further information

  • Seminar on the legal challenges of nuclear proliferation
    On 18th November 2011, Michael Lieberman (Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington DC) gave a seminar presentation entitled "New Legal Approaches to Nonproliferation: Transnational Cooperation and Enforcement". Michael's paper set out an integrated approach to dealing with nuclear proliferation through a model of state cooperation, as apposed to relying purely on international law. The seminar formed part of the School of Law's 123 Agreement Project examining nuclear law issues relating to the Indo-US '123' nuclear cooperation deal of 2008.

  • Alumni reception, 16 Nov
    Allen & Overy welcomed the School of Law to the Alumni reception at its Bishop's Square, City offices on 16 November 2011, generously hosted by Calum Burnett and Allen & Overy . see further information

  • The Norton Rose Commercial Competition, 9 Nov
    Once again, this event proved very successful with eight finalists negotiating complex transactions to a high standard. After much deliberating, the judges decided on the following winners and prizes:
    Emma Croft - Norton Rose work placement
    Naima Khalid - Norton Rose work placement
    Natassia Fox - Oracle work placement
    Artur Olszewski - Tibco work placement

    The School would like to congratulate the winners and also thank all those involved in the evening's organisation.

  • Reading University Law Fair, 2 Nov.
    Reading Law Fair always attracts a large number of visitors from a cross-section of solicitor employers. City, national and regional firms were represented, including Herbert Smith and Allen & Overy, Shoosmiths and Rickerbys. LPC providers are also represented as the link between graduation and qualification. Many of those representing at the exhibits were Reading Alumni which quickly puts students at their ease.
    The Law Fair is preceded by a session during the previous week organised by the Careers Unit in which local solicitors discuss "how to get the most from the Law Fair." Some 50 students attended the session year which suggested that many understand the need to engage with "careers" as an integral part of their study.
    Exhibitors commented on the quality of the students they spoke to and the extent to which they had a well-informed understanding of the profession, the challenges it faces, and the style of practice that most interests them. The feedback to the Careers Unit was very positive and exhibitors clearly regard the investment in time and money at the Reading Law Fair as well spent.

  • Rising research star
    On 1 November 2011, PhD student Alex Dymock was interviewed on Radio 2 by Jeremy Vine in a discussion about the effects of violent pornography. Alex was one of three interviewees in an item that arose in light of the conviction for murder of Vincent Tabak in Bristol.

October 2011

  • The Liberal Way of War: Legal Perspectives
    On 26 October 2011, the School of Law hosted a one-day workshop on "The Liberal Way of War: Legal Perspectives." The workshop is part of the Liberal Way of War Programme at the University, a Major Research Programme supported by the Leverhulme Trust. Panels were devoted to: Islamic Law and Western legal systems; the role of the machinery of international human rights law and the application of international human rights standards since September 11, 2001; and international humanitarian law and today's "new wars." Professor Sandy Ghandhi and , are co-investigators on the Liberal Way of War Programme.

  • PhD Proposal Writing Workshop - Dec 15th
    The Law School is hosting a workshop on writing research proposals for applications to entry to PhD programmes and applications for studentships. It will be especially useful for Masters student or recent Masters graduates. Students from outside Reading may apply for a Workshop Award to subsidise or cover travel costs. You can download full details. It will run on Thursday, 15 December, 1-4pm

September 2011

  • Dr. Robert P. Barnidge, Jr., appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme "Iconoclasts" on 31 August debating the applicability of the Geneva Conventions to the fight against terrorism, with Richard Norton-Taylor (Security Editor of The Guardian), Dapo Akande (Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict) and Charlie Wolf (talkSPORT). The programme was moderated by Edward Stourton, .

  • We welcome the following new members of staff, Dr Alina Tryfonidou, Dr Nicola Barker, Dr Tawhida Ahmend , Dr Ioannis Glinavos and Ms Yvette Russell who are with starting with us on 1 September 2011.

July 2011

  • Congratulations to all our Graduating Students
    A successful day on Friday 8th July saw this year's summer law graduation ceremony and reception. Around 150 of our 200 graduands and their families came to Foxhill House for a reception hosted by the School of Law before the more formal graduation ceremony later in the afternoon in the Great Hall at the University's historic London Road site. Wine and nibbles were enjoyed on the lawn at Foxhill House followed by a class photograph and prize giving. Professor Chris Hilson, Head of the School of Law, awarded the prizes to successful graduating students with the Family Law prize being presented by Mr Tony Roe of Tony Roe Solicitors. We congratulate all our graduates and wish them well in their future careers.

  • International law and the flotilla II
    Dr. Robert P. Barnidge, had an op-ed published in the Chicago Tribune on 3 July entitled "International Law and the Flotilla II," See the article.

June 2011

  • School of Law ranked 8th by The Times
    The School of Law has been ranked 8th out of all Law School in the UK in the influential League Table published by The Times newspaper. Commenting on the Law School's new position (up from 14th last year), Professor Chris Hilson, Head of the School of Law observed: "While league tables have to placed in context and are by no means the only guide to quality, I am delighted to see the Law School's hard work in recent years - on its research, teaching and graduate employability - showing through in this and other external markers."

  • Local community reap benefits of uni runners
    A team from the University of Reading's School of Law has raised valuable funds for a local law clinic by taking part in a charity walk in London See futher information.

May 2011

  • Stop Press - Guardian League Table 2012
    The recently published Guardian League Table (2012) puts the School of Law at Reading at 17th overall out of 95 universities across the UK, thus placing it ahead of institutions such as Bristol, Exeter and Southampton.  It scores particularly highly in overall course satisfaction and employability.  This success reflects the School's commitment to provide the best possible student experience combined with the best possible employment prospects. See further information.

  • Rule of law allows killing of Muammar Qadhafi
    Politico published an article by Dr. Robert P. Barnidge, Jr., on 4 May arguing that international law would likely permit the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to target Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi within the context of the Security Council's authorisation of "all necessary measures" in Libya.  See the article.

April 2011

  • School of Law Expertise
    Dr. Ronan McCrea has been appointed to the panel of experts responsible for advising the Bureau of European Policy Advisors. The Bureau operates under the authority of the President of the European Commission and provides the President and College of Commissioners with strategic and policy advice.

    The Irish Times Newspaper of 11 April published an article by Dr. Ronan McCrea arguing that recent rulings of the European Court of Human Rights require Ireland to adapt the role it gives to religion in state-funded schools.

  • School of Law Sees Impressive Rise In League Table Ranking
    The School of Law has been ranked an 8th in the UK (out of 94 universities) in the 2012 league table published by the Complete University Guide. The School has risen an impressive 18 places in the last year and is now ranked above the likes of Kings College London, Warwick, Birmingham, Nottingham, Southampton and Bristol. The School is also ranked 9th in the UK for career prospects and employability. See further information.

  • Professor Gordon Marshall Announces Intention to Step Down as University Vice-Chancellor This Autumn
    After almost nine years as Vice-Chancellor, which has seen the University cement its position as one of the world's top ranked universities, Professor Gordon Marshall is to leave the University of Reading later this year. See further information.

  • University of Reading Announces Undergraduate Fees for 2012/13

    Please see further information on the University of Reading's undergraduate tuition fees, including details of the UK Government's changes being introduced for students starting university from 2012.

March 2011

  • A Comic Relief
    Staff and students gathered together for three events in aid of Comic Relief - a staff and student football match, a cake sale and a sweepstake. See further information

  • Postgraduate Study Visit to the International Institutions in Geneva
    With the generous support of the John Sherborne Foundation, the School of Law organised a four-day study trip to Geneva, Switzerland, for postgraduate students in law, policy and development in March . The aim was to provide students with an insight into the practice of the international institutions that form the subject of their studies, to assist their current research projects and to inform their evolving career plans. See further information.

  • University of Reading Celebrates 85th Birthday
    Eighty five years ago on 17 March 1926, King George V granted the Royal Charter that established the University of Reading. Since then the University has grown to be a leading force in British and international higher education with nearly 18,000 students and over 4,500 staff. See further information.

February 2011

  • Issue 5 of the Postgraduate Newsletter Now Available
    Further information relating to the School's LLM course for current and prospective postgraduate students. See Postgraduate newsletter (PDF-237 KB).

  • Reading Law Students Compete in Telders International Law Mooting Competition Congratulations to our team of students who competed for the chance to take part in the International finals of this competition, taking place at The Hague in April. UCL ultimately won the UK round but the Reading team performed to an extremely high level.  See further information.

  • Civil Partnership Dissolution: expectations and experiences
    Rosemary Auchmuty has been awarded a British Academy Small research grant of 7,048 for a project on Civil Partnership Dissolution: expectations and experiences.

  • Keynote - The Young Review of Health and Safety: A Critical Overview
    On 1 March 2011, Dr Paul Almond gave a keynote talk entitled 'The Young Review of Health and Safety: A Critical Overview' at the 'Health and Safety '11 - South' annual conference at Sandown Park, Surrey, to an audience of health and safety professionals. He was invited to speak about the government's plans to reform the regulation of workplace safety by the British Safety Council, the event's sponsors.

  • Student Law Society Hosts Annual Dinner 2011
    Sponsored by the College of Law and held in Reading Town Hall, 160 people attended this year's dinner. Themed as the 'Garden of Eden', students and staff enjoyed a champagne reception followed by a three course meal in the Victorian splendour of the Town Hall (beautifully decorated by the students themselves). The guest speaker, Mr Stephen Climie, delivered an insightful speech on his experiences as a practising barrister in the area of Health and Safety Law and the evening finished with dancing to the live band.

  • Law School Representation on the Research Excellence Framework (REF) sub panel for Law
    The School is delighted that Professor Rosemary Auchmuty has been appointed to the REF sub-panel for Law. The REF, which replaces the RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) is the method by which the Government assesses the quality of academic research being conducted by Universities and helps to determine research funding allocation.
  • Law School welcomes potential partners from India
    A potential partnership between the University of Reading and Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University (BVDU) in Pune, India could provide valuable shared teaching practice and lead to important research collaboration. Dr Anne Thies from the School of Law will be visiting New Law College in March 2011 to discuss areas of collaboration in further detail, including New Law College students enrolling on LLM and Study Abroad Programmes and the development of short courses. See further information.
  • New LLM Programmes Launched in Conjunction with the ICMA Centre
    The School of Law has launched three new LLM programmes in conjunction with the ICMA Centre, part of the triple-accredited Henley Business School at the University of Reading. LLM International Commercial Law, LLM International Corporate Finance and LLM International Financial Regulation are open to applicants for October 2011 entry. See further information.
  • Research Endowment Trust Fund Prize - It's a Hat-Trick for the School of Law
    This year and for the two previous years, published work by staff in the School of Law have won the University's Research Endowment Trust Fund Prize for the best research output in the social science. Dr. Ronan McCrea's book "Religion and the Public Order of the European Union" published by the Oxford University Press, won the prize this year. The book gives an account of the role of religion and limitations on religious influence over law and politics inherent in the EU's approach to religion.

  • Postgraduate Scholarships for 2011 Entry Launched
    The School of Law is pleased to announce the availability of a number of Scholarships for its LLM and MRes programmes, providing 1,000 towards the cost of tuition fees. See further information.

  • Winning Students Awarded Work Placements
    The Boyes Turner Negotiation Competition took place on Wednesday 2 February. Twenty students participated in the competition which was held in the School of Law and which was judged by a mixture of legal practitioners and academic staff. The competition resulted in a tie with the winning teams of Maryam Hussain and Mark Ingram and Emily O'Neill and Kara Swift all receiving a one week work placement at Boyes Turner (one of the UK's leading full service law firms). The teams will go onto represent the School of law in the regional heats of the National Negotiation Competition.

  • Success at the National Negotiation Competition
    The School of Law is delighted to announce that a team of Reading law students (Emily O'Neill and Kara Swift) came second in the regional heats of the National Negotiation Competition held at the College of Law Guildford on Saturday 12 February. Competing against postgraduate students as well as undergraduates from 10 different UK law schools, they have won a day's training at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and will represent the School of Law in the upcoming National Negotiation Competition.

  • School of Law Lecturer Features on BBC Record Review
    Dr Ronan McCrea appeared the BBC's 'Record Review' on Friday 11 February with the Government's independent reviewer of anti-terrorism laws, Lord Carlile. He discussed recent developments in relation to the clash between Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights in relation to the issue of changes in the law governing the rights of prisoners to vote. He argued against Lord Carlile's proposal that the United Kingdom withdraw its recognition of the jurisdiction of the Euroepan Court of Human Rights.

  • Cherie Blair QC Marks Launch of New Publication by the School's Dr Ronan McCrea
    Cherie Blair QC, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, gave a speech at the headquarters of the European Commission in London on 3 February to mark the publication of 'Religion and the Public Order of the European Union' (Oxford University Press, 2010) by the School of Law's Dr Ronan McCrea. Mrs Blair said that book makes 'a valuable and timely contribution to one of the most controversial areas of public life'. The launch was also addressed by Mr Jonathan Scheele, Head of the European Commission Representation to the UK.

  • School of Law Welcomes 50 Members of ELSA, Lviv from Ukraine
    Visitors from ELSA, Lviv were welcomed to the University of Reading and the School of Law by Professor Chris Hilson. A lecture was given by Dr Stuart Lakin entitled 'An Introduction to common law/discussion on differences between common and civil law systems', followed by an insight into law-based postgraduate study. The students were then joined by Reading law students and ELSA members, providing an opportunity to network and learn more about each other's studies.

January 2011 

  • School Research Impacts Upon Law Reform Proposals
    The Law Commission has recently published a consultation paper examining the law relating to matrimonial property agreements, that is, pre- and post-nuptial contracts, and options for reform. Empirical research conducted by the School of Law's Professor Elizabeth Cooke and Dr Therese Callus (with Professor Anne Barlow from the University of Exeter) has been central in informing the development of this paper. See further information.

  • Working Families and Law: a Research Network
    The School's Dr Grace James is, along with Dr Nicole Busby at Stirling University, to be awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to establish a research network to explore law's engagement in the quest for work/family reconciliation. This network aims to improve law's engagement with working families by bringing together a core group of researchers from a variety of academic disciplines and representatives from interested user-communities for three one-day seminars (at Reading and Stirling) over a period of two years. This will be supported by a dedicated website, which will facilitate on-going interaction, capacity building and knowledge exchange beyond the seminar series.

  • Working Internationally Forum
    The School of Law hosted its annual forum for postgraduate students on Wednesday 26 January. The day was designed for those interested in careers with an international flavour. Speakers came from the Commonwealth Secretariat, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, European Commission UK Representation, WaterAid, EURES and the University's Careers Advisory Service.   

  • Law Research Seminar Series
    To kick off its research seminar series for the spring term, the School of Law welcomed the new Deputy Israeli Ambassador, Alon Roth-Snir, and his political aid, Yahav Lichner, on Wednesday 26 January. Mr Snir is a career diplomat who, since 2008, has been the Minister for Jordan and Amman and was previously the Head of the Terror and Proliferation and the Regional Security Divisions and Counsellor in the Disarmament Division. In addition to his diplomatic commitments, Mr Lichner is a lawyer and part-time lecturer in international law at Kings College, London. Chaired by Dr Robert P. Barnidge, Jr., the presentation was entitled 'Middle East: Strategic Analysis, An Israeli Perspective.' A question and answer session followed, with an informal reception afterwards

  • School of Law Welcomes Visiting Academic
    The School of Law welcomed to the University of Reading, Dr Elena Buoso, currently a Lecturer in Administrative Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Padua. Her current research focuses on intangible cultural heritage.

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