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Ana Aliverti wins prestigious Prize in Law

Dr Ana Aliverti has been awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize to support her research into law enforcement.

The PLP is awarded to scholars who have made and continue to make significant and original contributions to knowledge in their field of research, and who have influenced their field sufficiently to have had an international impact. In 2017, up to 30 awards were made to UK-based outstanding research scholars within six subject areas, including Law.

The Prize will support Ana’s existing research on the novel configurations of law enforcement in a global age. She will spend the next two years researching police-immigration cooperation in domestic policing in the UK.

Thu 26 October 2017, 09:50 | Tags: Award, Research

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

Student-supervisor duo highlight contradictions in financial market safety mechanisms

In recent times, there has been a raft of new legislative initiatives aimed at reducing systemic risk in financial markets.

In their article published in the Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (JIBFL), a leading periodical for practitioners, Dr Stephen Connelly and PhD student Saveethika Leesurakarn from University of Warwick’s School of Law looked at how these initiatives interacted and asked whether there could be problems.

The article is available through LexisNexis, featuring highly in the edition immediately following acclaimed contributors to the field, and headlining the print edition.

Challenging the origins of prevention in criminal law

The Preventive Turn in Criminal Law, a new book by Dr Henrique Carvalho, offers the latest addition to the Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice published by OUP (Oxford University Press).

This new book seeks to understand where the impulse for prevention in criminal law comes from, and why this preventive dimension seems to be expanding in recent times.

The series aims to cover all aspects of criminal law and procedure including criminal evidence and encompassing both practical and theoretical works.

The general idea of a ‘preventive turn’ in criminal law is a modern spate of new criminal offences that criminalise conduct that happens much earlier than the actual harm which they are trying to prevent.

Dr Carvalho, Assistant Professor at University of Warwick’s School of Law, explains...

Thu 11 May 2017, 11:35 | Tags: Publication, Criminal Justice Centre, Research, Book2017

Funding for the future of refugee protection

Dr Dallal Stevens has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for £49,622.

The year-long project, starting October 2017, calls for new thinking on the crucial issue of access to refugee protection in the Middle East.

It argues that existing law and policies are failing refugees and that an innovative, multi-dimensional analysis is now needed.

Such an approach requires exploration and assessment of the many factors that influence protection in the region.

Law, language, history, policy, practice and politics will all be examined along with their interrelationship and the implications for “protection” as currently interpreted and delivered.

The work will involve interviews with key stakeholders on the protection situation on the ground - in particular, the UNHCR, (I)NGOs and legal advisors in Amman, Jordan; Beirut, Lebanon; and Ankara, Turkey.

The study will provide a roadmap for the future at this critical juncture in the international and local refugee regime.

Mon 24 April 2017, 11:39 | Tags: International and European Law Cluster, Research

Copyright Protection for Magic Tricks


In a change to her normal research focus, Dr Alison Struthers has published an article discussing the fascinating world of magic and grand illusions.

Against the backdrop of an historical lack of interaction between Intellectual Property regulation and the magic profession, the article considers the groundbreaking judgment in the US case of Teller v Dogge.

Whilst there has been much commentary about the decision in the US, it has received little attention in the UK. The article therefore explores UK copyright protection for magic tricks and investigates the important question of how magic should be protected.

The citation for the article is: Struthers, A., ‘Copyright Protection for Magic Tricks: A danger lurking in the shadows?’ (2017) 39(3) European Intellectual Property Review 136-145

Thu 06 April 2017, 21:33 | Tags: Publication, Research

Why punishment pleases (and its use in today’s societies)

Dr Henrique Carvalho’s co-authored paper ‘Why punishment pleases: Punitive feelings in a world of hostile solidarity’, a collaboration with colleague Anastasia Chamberlen (Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick), has been published in the international, peer-reviewed journal Punishment & Society.

The paper raises the possibility that the reason why we believe punishment to be useful, and why we are motivated to punish, is because we derive pleasure from the utility of punishment.

Simply stated, punishment pleases.

Mon 27 March 2017, 09:41 | Tags: Publication, Research

The impact of BREXIT on UK agricultural policy

Fiona Smith is Professor of International Economic Law at Warwick Law School and has a specialist interest in international agricultural trade. She is working on the impact of BREXIT on UK agricultural policy, specifically how the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) rules will affect the UK’s trade in food and agricultural policy after BREXIT.

Fiona was a member of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Farmers Scientist Network expert group that produced the influential ‘The Implications of BREXIT for UK Agriculture’ (2016). Following the June 2016 Referendum, Fiona has given written evidence to the Welsh Assembly, and the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly on BREXIT and agriculture. Find out more. In December 2016, she also gave oral evidence to the House of Commons’ International Trade Committee.

Fiona was also interviewed by Jonty Bloom for the Radio 4 programme, ‘In Business: BREXIT and the Future of British Farming.’

Wed 04 January 2017, 09:03 | Tags: International and European Law Cluster, GLOBE Centre, Research

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