NEW! Studentships available for January 2013 start12 November 2012The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law are delighted to invite applications for a number of PhD Scholarship opportunities - up to 3 University of Bristol Scholarships and 1 Alumni Scholarship are available to students applying to any Social Sciences and Law discipline.
Explaining the Eurozone crisis: a roundtable, 7 Nov.30 October 2012This event, being held at 18.30-20.00 on 7 November, brings together a panel of experts on European affairs to discuss the events surrounding the eurozone crisis. The speakers will try to shed light on the causes and effects of the crisis, and will answer questions on this complex subject.
UoB Innocence Project receives Bristol Law Society pro-bono award22 October 2012The University of Bristol Innocence Project [UoBIP] has received the 2012 Pro Bono Award at the Bristol Law Society’s Annual Awards in recognition of its work in obtaining an appeal for the 30-year old case of William (‘Wullie’) Beck. The award, which recognises ‘excellence’ in pro bono work, was presented to UoBIP members for their work on the case of Wullie Beck, who was arrested in 1981 for an armed robbery of a post van. Mr Beck served six years of imprisonment for his conviction based exclusively on eyewitness identification.
Maintaining Momentum: Researchers support Bristol’s community energy activity9 October 2012A new project managed by Professor Bronwen Morgan and Morag McDermont of the UoB Law School and funded through the University’s Enterprise and Impact Development Fund is working with local energy groups in Bristol to explore how they can ‘Maintain Momentum’ following activity supported by seed grants.
Bristol researcher is Women's World Bog Snorkelling Triathlon Champion2 October 2012Dr Christine Reynolds, Research Associate at the University of Bristol Law School, took first place in the world bog snorkelling triathlon, part of the 2012 World Alternative Games held in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. The triathlon consisted of a 7.5 mile run and 19 mile mountain bike ride over rough terrain in Mid Wales and 120yds snorkelling in a bog trench.
Dr Michael Naughton interviewed about Wullie Beck appeal on BBC Radio Scotland12 September 2012Dr Michael Naughton, Reader in Sociology and Law with joint appointments in the Law School and the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS), was interviewed today on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning programme. He was commenting on the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission's (SCCRC) referral back the High Court of Justiciary of Mr William Beck conviction for armed robbery in 1981 at the third time of asking.
Steven Vaughan appointed chair of the Joint Academic Stage Board5 September 2012Steven Vaughan, lecturer at the University of Bristol Law School, has been appointed chair of the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB) from 1 September. The JASB validates qualifying law degrees on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
Wills Memorial Library refurbishment well on track - blog5 September 2012The refurbishment project continues to progress well with the completion of the majority of phase 1a on target and an anticipated hand over date to Library Services of the 17th September 2012. The library will then be populated with new furniture and IT equipment in readiness for the start of term.
Bristol Law School graduate, Theresa Villiers MP, becomes Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.5 September 2012University of Bristol Law School graduate, Theresa Villiers MP (LLB 1987-1990), has been promoted from her position as Minister of State for Transport, to Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in the recent cabinet reshuffle. Ms Villiers has a first class law degree from the University of Bristol and a BCL from Jesus College, Oxford. She is a former barrister and lecturer in law at King's College, London, and is currently MP for Chipping Barnet.
Georgie Twigg, Olympic Hockey Bronze medallist13 August 2012University of Bristol Law Graduate, and Great Britain midfielder, Georgie Twigg capped her Olympic women's hockey debut with a bronze medal - only the second ever won by the women's hockey team.
HRIC Seminar on the strategic use of soft law human rights documents27 June 2012The Human Rights Implementation Centre will be holding an expert seminar in Bristol on 4 July 2012 to consider the strategic use of ‘soft law’ human rights documents. This seminar is one of a number of events that have been organised as part of a four year research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The "Implementation of Human Rights Standards project" (IHRS project) is considering how so called 'soft law' human rights documents are used in practice and it is anticipated that this research project will contribute to a better understanding as to how these types of documents impact upon the development of international human rights law.
Malcolm Evans attends 24th Annual Meeting of Human Rights Treaty Body Chairpersons24 June 2012From the 25th – 29th June 2012, Professor Malcolm Evans will be attending the 24th Annual Meeting of Human Rights Treaty Body Chairpersons in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is attending in his capacity as the Chairperson of the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture (SPT), and will meet with the Chairs of the 9 other UN Treaty Bodies to discuss issues of common interest, as well as strengthening human rights in Africa.
Celia Wells to moderate IBAHRI meeting, Sao Paulo, Brazil 14 June 20121 June 2012Professor Celia Wells will moderate the first multi-stakeholder consultation meeting of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) Taskforce on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human rights, in Sao Paulo Brazil, 14 June 2012. The meeting will discuss the impact of tax abuses and transnational crimes on poverty and human rights.
Dr Michael Naughton discusses miscarriages of justice on the BBC and in The Sun20 May 2012Dr Michael Naughton, Senior Lecturer in the Law School and SPAIS, and a leading expert on miscarriages of justice, has been interviewed on the Today programme and quoted in both The Sun and on the BBC website, in the wake of the quashing by the Court of Appeal of the conviction of Sam Hallam, who spent more than seven years in prison for a murder he always denied committing.
‘It’s a dream come true’ as Law student Georgie is selected for the Olympics18 May 2012Star hockey player and Bristol University Law student Georgie Twigg says she will be going for gold after being named in Team GB’s squad for the Olympics. The University of Bristol has supported Georgie with her studies, allowing her to split the final year of her law degree over two years and arranging for all her seminars and tutorials to be on a Friday to accommodate her intense training schedule.