News and events
From upcoming events and lectures to recent publications and important dates, follow us for all the latest goings-on in the School of Law.
- Let’s Get Ready to Rumble! Facial Recognition Technology and the Police – Peter Coe
- Mike Schmitt has been appointed Professor of International Law at Reading
- Dr Peter Coe and his forthcoming monograph Media Freedom in the Age of Citizen Journalism
- Dr Peter Coe to co-edit Landmark Cases in Privacy Law
- Commemorating 100 Years of Women in Law at the School of Law
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Executive Education in International Cyber Law
The University of Reading Law School now offers an Executive Education in International Cyber Law program for government officials from around the world. The week-long seminars, which are led by Professor Mike Schmitt (who recently joined the Law School), explore how international law applies in the cyber context during both peace and war. They are designed to equip officials to both deal with major cyber incidents and develop their own national legal policies and strategies. Participants come from ministries of foreign affairs and defence, attorney general offices, the armed forces, law enforcement agencies, and cyber agencies.
These seminars are sponsored by the governments of the Netherlands, Australia, Singapore, United States, Canada, and United Kingdom, as well as the Organization of American States and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Most are regionally oriented so as to facilitate cooperative responses to hostile cyber operations from States and non-State actors. This year, depending on travel restrictions, the program will be offered in Vietnam, Singapore, Fiji, Austria, Albania, Germany, Argentina, Peru and a number of "to be determined" locations.
Student Negotiation Competition
Two teams of law students - Olivia Muir and Ben Molyneux, and Tatiana Zanre and Sebastian Zanre took part in the regional heats of the CEDR National Student Negotiation Competition in London on Saturday 22nd February. They were selected after winning the Law School's internal negotiation competition supported by Boyes Turner.
From a large and competitive field Olivia and Ben were among the five teams selected to take part in the National finals in Manchester in a few weeks time, which is a fantastic achievement. Well done to both teams!
Advocate of the year competition 2019
On 23rd November 2019 a team of four students - Agnes McLoughlin-Weekes, Charlotte Hornshaw, Katie Stephens (all Part 2 students) and Sam Bolwell (finalist) travelled to Bristol to compete in the BPP Advocate of the Year competition. They conducted a criminal trial and a civil trial all taking part in making a speech/application, or client interviewing, and either examination in chief or cross-examination - all incredibly important skills for aspiring advocates.
The team came second in their heat, with over 100 competitors across the country.
This is the fourth time that the School of Law has put forward a team for this competition. Last year, Sam Carson reached the Final 12 students at the Old Bailey in this highly competitive competition.
Congratulations to all four competitors, who worked incredibly hard to learn these new skills, and represented the University of Reading in great style. The feedback from the BPP judges will no doubt help with future competitions and career aspirations.
Law and Psychology mock trial COLLABORATion
On 7th November 2019, 30 speech and language therapy, and law, students came together for a day in Foxhill House, home to the School of Law, for a collaborative, practical workshop. The aim of the day was to learn more about the work of registered intermediaries - an independent communication specialist - supporting vulnerable people in the criminal courts, and how a criminal trial works in practice.
The workshop was run by former practising barrister Amanda Millmore from the School of Law, and intermediary and speech and language therapist Alison Cox from the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences (PCLS). They were also joined by Melissa Loucas, another intermediary from PCLS.
The students - ranging from foundation through to postgraduate level - had the opportunity to practice questioning techniques and adjusting questions to meet the needs of witnesses with different communication difficulties, and then prepared for a mock trial. The law students worked on prosecution and defence briefs, while the speech and language therapists prepared intermediary reports and acted as vulnerable witnesses. Then in the afternoon two mock trials were run, using the methods and tools learned earlier in the day.
This was a fantastic opportunity for students from two very different disciplines to work together, and the feedback from students was universally positive:
Final year law student, Oyin Arikawe said, "We were able to put what we learned into action towards the end of the day when we had a mock trial in which I got to practice my advocacy skills. The workshop was very useful and insightful as it gave me the opportunity to see and experience how intermediaries and barristers work together in court. I enjoyed every part of it!"
Whilst Part 1 student Kiiti Opesanwo said, "It was truly a great learning experience and provided great clarity towards how court cases are run in the UK. I am now encouraged to sit in at one of the Crown court trials in Reading to witness a real one. Thank you very much for the experience!"
Professor Amanda Millmore said, "It was great to watch the Law & PCLS students working together to structure questions, bringing their respective skills and knowledge to the process. Working in an inter-disciplinary way brought a new dimension to advocacy training and the law students appreciated the practical nature of working with speech and language therapy students."
Alison Cox said: "It was fantastic to collaborate with the School of Law - with only 200 Registered Intermediaries in the UK having to manage more than 6,000 requests a year we hope some of our students are considering this role. The skills and knowledge from studying Speech and Language Therapy can be applied in many situations outside a clinical setting, whether it is law or a variety of professional careers."
The Hamlyn Lecture - 'The Age of Common Law and the Age of Statute'
Thursday, 21 November, 18:00 pm, Palmer 109, Whiteknights Campus
The lecture will be delivered by Professor Sir John Baker (St Catharine's College Cambridge) on the subject of the history of English Law. It will be followed by a wine reception. Free admission.
For further information, or to book, please contact Dr Charlotte Smith (email@example.com ).
celebrate 100 years of women in law
The School of Law are running two events to celebrate the centenary of women in law.
The Disappearance of Miss Bebb
Join us for the true story of one woman's fight for equality as the School of Law puts on a play in association with the Department of Film, Theatre & Television.
- 14th and 15th November 2019
- Drinks reception 7pm, performance 7.30pm
- Tickets £5 - book your tickets at www.store.reading.ac.uk.
Symposium and Art Exhibition
Join us for a cross-disciplinary Symposium with speakers from across the University of Reading and other local charities.
- 15th November 2019
- Sessions at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
- Reserve a place through UoRLearn (staff) or book a place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
university of reading students present at partnership conference
On Monday 16th September 2019, two University of Reading LLB students presented at a conference at the University of Surrey - "Towards Meaningful Partnerships".
Finalist Krissy Hiu co-presented with Amanda Millmore (School Director of Academic Tutoring) about the staff-student partnership they were involved in to embed employability skills into a module, with a group of Law students collaborating with academics Dr. Annika Newnham and Amanda Millmore to design the assessments. She follows in the footsteps of her fellow undergraduate students who have presented this project at other conferences; Tom Fuller and Megan Bennett presented the project to the SEDA Conference in Belfast in May, whilst Jess Davies co-presented with Amanda at the Advance HE Teaching & Learning conference in Newcastle in July. The new module that they designed collaboratively (Children, Families and the State) will be running for final year Law students at the University of Reading for the first time this autumn.
Meanwhile school representative and finalist Will Page presented the "Life Tools for Law Students" project at the University of Surrey along with Alicia Pena Bizama from the Student Wellbeing Service, who runs the Life Tools programme, and Amanda Millmore. Will wanted to improve the wellbeing of his fellow students during his time as school rep in the School of Law and so collaborated with Alicia, who runs the Life Tools programme university-wide, and Amanda to develop a Law School version of the programme designed specifically to support the Law students and run within the School of Law. Life Tools for Law Students will be running again in 2019/20 for all Law students, alongside the university-wide programme, following the success of last year's pilot.
The Commercial Law Research Network Nigeria Conference
Friday, 13 September, 13:00 to 18:00 pm & Saturday, 14 September 09:00 am to 18:00 pm, Chancellors Building, Whiteknights Campus
The Commercial Law Research Network – Nigeria (CLRN_N) invites the submission of papers for its inaugural academics conference funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Networking Scheme.
CLRN_N is a network through which researchers connect to influence the development of commercial law and policy in Nigeria. It promotes the application of inter-disciplinary research methods to the analysis of commercial law and policy in Nigeria, facilitates engagement between researchers and stakeholders, encourages collaborations amongst members and contributes to the development of the next generation of researchers. CLRN_N aims to engender a considered approach to commercial law reform by building a bridge between researchers and key stakeholder groups.
The inaugural conference will be held on the 13th and 14th of September 2019; hosted by the University of Reading School of Law and its Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation (CCLFR). The conference is an opportunity for researchers to set out their assessments of the law and make recommendations which will be the subject of subsequent discussions with policy-makers, regulators and end-users. Its main research streams include:
- Company Law, Insolvency Law and Secured Transactions Law
- International Trade Law and International Economic Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Arbitration
- Oil and Gas/Energy Law
- Commercial Law broadly-speaking
For more information, please contact Dr Bolanle Adebola (email@example.com).
Early Careers Methodology Workshop
Friday, 13 September, 09:00 am to 18:00 pm, Chancellors Building, Whiteknights Campus
The Commercial Law Research Network – Nigeria (CLRN_N) invites applications to its inaugural Early Career Researchers’ Methodology Workshop. CLRN_N is a network through which researchers connect to influence the development of Commercial Law and policy in Nigeria. It promotes the application of inter-disciplinary research methods to the analysis of commercial law and policy in Nigeria, encourages collaborations amongst members and contributes to the development of the next generation of researchers.
In line with its main aims, CLRN_N invites commercial law researchers studying for their doctorate degrees and those within 5 years of their first academic post to participate at its inaugural methodology workshop to be held on the 13th of September 2019 at the University of Reading. The workshop will provide an avenue through which they can be introduced to, discuss and develop methodologies.
For more information, please contact Dr Bolanle Adebola (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CCLFR Research Seminar Series (2019-2020)
During the autumn term, the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation will host research seminars discussing topical issues on various aspects of commercial law. The seminars are dedicated to interdisciplinary conversations and will bring practitioners from across the commercial law sphere together with national and international academics. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to participate in riveting debates with our staff and guests. Here is our programme of upcoming research seminars Attendance is FREE. Email email@example.com to RSVP.
Ghandhi Research Seminar Series (2019-2020)
Global Law at Reading is the home of public international law, EU law and human rights law at the University of Reading. The Ghandhi Research Seminar Series showcases the work of experts in these fields.
See the latest schedule here.
Wednesday, 23 October, 13:00 pm - 16:00 pm, Room 1:05, Foxhill House, Whiteknights Campus
This workshop is aimed at individuals who are thinking about applying for a PhD, and particularly those who would like to apply for a funding for PhD study. It will provide an overview of the main funding rounds for UK and EU students and advice on the application process, as well as giving guidance on how to write a good PhD proposal and feedback on draft proposals. Lunch will be provided.
Admission free. For further information, or to book, please contact Dr Charlotte Smith(firstname.lastname@example.org).