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Study of the operation of criminal jury in Scotland

A substantial grant has been awarded by the Scottish Government to fund ground-breaking research into the operation of the jury within the Scottish Criminal Justice System.

The team; which will include our own Vanessa Munro, Professor of Law at the University of Warwick and Professors James Chalmers and Fiona Leverick from the University of Glasgow, will work alongside the independent research organisation Ipsos Mori, to explore three distinctive features of the unique Scottish Law System.

This study will provide vital insights into the operation of distinctive aspects of the Scottish Jury. It will involve several hundred members of the public observing trial reconstructions and participating as ‘mock jurors.'

Wed 18 October 2017, 09:27 | Tags: Award, Empirical Cluster, Criminal Justice Centre, Research

States, the Law and Access to Refugee Protection

Newly published in 2017, Associate Professor Dallal Stevens’ co-edited book ‘States, the Law and Access to Refugee Protection’, with Maria O'Sullivan (Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Monash University), investigates two current, critical challenges for asylum seekers hoping to find refuge within international systems of protection: first, the initial obstacles encountered by refugees in gaining entry to foreign territories; and second, the barriers to accessing quality asylum.

Transformative Potential of Human Rights Education

Dr Alison Struthers' article 'The Underdeveloped Transformative Potential of Human Rights Education: English primary education as a case study' has been published by the Journal of Human Rights Practice (DOI:10.1093/jhuman/huw023).

The article argues that in order for learners to become empowered human rights activitists, they must be equipped with relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes. It draws upon empirical research conducted with teachers from primary schools across England to argue that whilst empowerment-related concepts may be encouraged to a certain extent, learners are unlikely to be emerging from formal schooling with the means to contribute significantly to transformation of the broader human rights culture.

Ali Struthers Organises Successful ESRC event on campus with primary and secondary school pupils


Ali Struthers organised a successful event on campus on the 11th of November with primary and secondary school pupils as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. The event saw 60 primary pupils from Widening Participation schools attend campus in the morning and 60 secondary pupils from WP schools in the afternoon. The pupils took part in workshops that addressed challenging issues in the social sciences through literature appropriate to young people. The workshops were run by Ali (human rights), Phil Gaydon (war), James Harrison (labour rights) and Lucy Hatton (immigration), and the event was well-received by all who took part.

Read about James' experience of his morning workshop here.

Alice Panepinto awarded £10,900 by the ESRC GCRF IAA


Alice has been awarded £10,900 for the project "Al-Khan-al-Ahmar. Saving a Bedouin School in the West Bank through International Law" through the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund: Impact Acceleration Account additional funding. This project seeks to bring some of the findings of an article in Social & Legal Studies to a wider non-academic audience in the UK. An event is provisionally scheduled for the second half of November, which will involve participants from the field as well as academics.

Yes, the fight for anti-HIV drugs is a fight against discrimination - Sharifah Sekalala


Sharifah has published an online article titled 'Yes, the fight for anti-HIV drugs is a fight against discrimination', to read the article please click here. 

Congratulations to Alison Struthers on her Warwick ESRC IAA award


Alison Struthers has been awarded £9,217.76 by Warwick ESRC IAA to aid her in developing educational resources that will show how the requirement to teach fundamental British values in primary schools can be linked to broader human rights frameworks. Well done Alison.

For more information about Warwick ESRC IAA funding please click here.

Congratulations to Alison Struthers on her ESRC Award


Alison Struthers has secured £500 from the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2016 to hold a event
'Addressing challenging social science issues with young people'

Thu 30 June 2016, 13:07 | Tags: Empirical Cluster, Research

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