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Law School - Annual Research Report 2015

The Annual Research Report showcases the varity and excellence of the law school's research activities, and the strength of the School as a research community.

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Warwick Law school Annual Research Report 2015

Warwick Law School students providing legal aid to USA’s death row inmates

Ten law students from the University of Warwick are about to travel to the United States to help provide legal representation on behalf of prisoners who have been sentenced to death.

They are taking part in a unique internship programme, which provides an exclusive opportunity to work on some of the country’s most prominent capital punishment cases.

Warwick’s Death Penalty Project, which is now in its 10th year, is run through the Centre for Human Rights in Practice and has proved to be a life-changing experience for dozens of aspiring lawyers.

Thu 16 Jul 2015, 12:23 | Tags: Centre for Human Rights in Practice

Orwell Prize once again lists University of Warwick Human Rights Centre

It has just been announced that Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi from the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at the University of Warwick has been long-listed for her work by the prestigious George Orwell Prize for Journalism. If Rebecca wins, it will be the second Orwell Prize for the University of Warwick’s Centre for Human Rights in Practice in three years.

Fri 27 Mar 2015, 15:22 | Tags: Centre for Human Rights in Practice

Andrew Williams, publishes edited collection on 'Europe's Justice Deficit'

The legal and political evolution of the European Union has not, thus far, been accompanied by the articulation of any substantive ideal of justice going beyond the founders' intent or the economic objectives of the market integration project. The absence arguably compromises the foundations of the EU legal and political system. This edited volume brings together contributions addressing both legal and philosophical aspects of justice in the European context.

There have been many accounts of the EU as a story of constitutional evolution and a system of transnational governance, but few pay attention to the implications for justice. The EU has moved beyond its initial emphasis on the establishment of an internal market, yet most legal analyses remain premised on the assumption that EU law still largely serves the purpose of perfecting a system of economic integration. The place to be occupied by the underlying substantive ideal of justice remains significantly underspecified or even vacant, creating a tension between the market-oriented foundation of the Union and the contemporary essence of its constitutional system. The critical assessment provided by this book will help to create a fuller picture of the justice deficit in the EU, and open up an important new avenue of legal research.

Law School receives funding for International Economic Law in Context Workshop Series

Dr Celine Tan and Prof John McEldowney have been successful in their application to the SLSA Annual Seminar Competition for part funding of the proposed International Economic Law in Context Workshop Series. The series is planned to start in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Fri 06 Feb 2015, 15:03 | Tags: GLOBE Centre, Centre for Human Rights in Practice, Research

Warwick Law School 7th in UK in Quality of Published Research

In the UK Research Excellence Framework results (announced 18 December 2014), Warwick Law School was assessed as coming 6th out of 67 Law Departments in terms of its Research Environment, 7th in terms of the Quality of its Research and 10th overall.

Full details can be found on the REF website.

New Book: ' A Very British Killing: The Death of Baha Mousa' by Andrew Williams

On 14 September 2003 Baha Mousa, a hotel receptionist, was arrested in Basra by British troops and taken to a military base for questioning. Less than forty-eight hours later he was dead. In A Very British Killing A.T. Williams tells the inside story of this crime and its aftermath, exposing the casual brutality, bureaucratic apathy, and instituional failure to hold people criminally responsible for Mousa's death. What it reveals about Britain and its political and military institutions is explosive.

PhD Candidate Wins Early Career Research Impact Award

Law School PhD Candidate Natalie Byrom has been awarded the University of Warwick’s 2014 Research Impact and Public Engagement Award for Early Career Research Impact.

New Book: Philip Kaisary 'The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imagination: Radical Horizons, Conservative Constraints'

The Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) reshaped the debates about slavery and freedom throughout the Atlantic world, accelerated the abolitionist movement, precipitated rebellions in neighboring territories, and intensified both repression and antislavery sentiment. The story of the birth of the world’s first independent black republic has since held an iconic fascination for a diverse array of writers, artists, and intellectuals throughout the Atlantic diaspora. Examining twentieth-century responses to the Haitian Revolution, Philip Kaisary offers a profound new reading of the representation of the Revolution by radicals and conservatives alike in primary texts that span English, French, and Spanish languages and that include poetry, drama, history, biography, fiction, and opera.

Jackie Hodgson (Warwick) and Asher Flynn (Monash) win award from the Monash-Warwick Alliance for an Access to Justice project

Jackie Hodgson (Warwick) and Asher Flynn (Monash) have been awarded A$13,398 + £7,165 from the Monash-Warwick Alliance Seed Fund for the project: Access to Justice: A Comparative Analysis of cuts to the civil and criminal Legal Aid systems in England, Wales and Victoria, August 2013 – June 2014.

The project brings together Warwick colleagues Jackie Hodgson (PI) James Harrison, Andrew Williams and Nathalie Byrom (Co-Is) with Monash colleagues Asher Flynn (PI) Jude McCulloch, Bronwyn Naylor and Arie Freiberg (Co-Is). The study is a comparative analysis of the impact of cuts to the civil and criminal legal-aid systems operating in England, Wales and Victoria. This will be achieved through consultations with academic, legal and government/non-government stakeholders and the development of an online presence for external engagement. A conference will be held in Warwick on 19 March 2014, with the participation of Monash colleagues. Within the framework of access to justice, the conference will bring together leading academics and practitioners to consider (i) the changing face of the legal profession; (ii) the lawyer-client relationship; and (iii) the broader social consequences of the cuts. A second event will be held in Monash in early July 2014, with the participation of Warwick colleagues. The project will build international and comparative expertise with stakeholders, with a view to future funded research.

Philip Kaisary and Amaka Vanni to participate in Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) Workshop in Doha, Qatar

Philip Kaisary and Amaka Vanni have been accepted to participate in Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) 5th Workshop in Doha, Qatar. The workshop is an intensive residential program designed for young scholars and faculty from around the world developing innovative ideas and alternative approaches to issues of global law, economic policy and social justice in the aftermath of the economic crisis. The Workshop will bring together specialists from many fields focused on the intersections between law, economics and global policy.

The admissions process this year was extremely competitive, with more than 450 applications from 86 nations. As participants, Amaka and Philip will engage in debate and seek serious research collaboration. Amaka will discuss with participants her on-going PhD research on the TRIPS Agreement, Access to Medicine Debate and the Emerging Third World Jurisprudence while Philip will discuss the concept of "disaster justice" and the 2010 Haitian earthquake. The 2014 IGLP Workshop is to be held from January 3-11, 2014.

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Jackie Hodgson elected to governing Council of JUSTICE


In October 2013 Jackie was elected to the governing Council of JUSTICE, the all-party law reform and human rights organisation.

JUSTICE ( ) works largely through policy-orientated research; interventions in court proceedings; education and training; briefings, lobbying and policy advice. It is the British section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).

JUSTICE also has a Student Human Rights Network ( ), an online forum that aims to encourage interest in, and improve awareness of, human rights.

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