Centre for Health, Law, and Society welcomes new Co-Director 13 August 2019The Law School's Centre for Health, Law, and Society (CHLS) is delighted to announce Dr Sheelagh McGuinness will be joining Professor Judy Laing as Centre Co-Director. Sheelagh will be taking over from Professor John Coggon, whose leadership for the last two years has helped enable the CHLS to establish strong foundations as a leading Centre for excellence in health law research.
"Reaching my full potential": Q&A with law prize winner Victoria James12 August 2019Following last month's graduation celebrations, we caught up with recent final year LLB graduate, Victoria James who scooped the prize for 'Best student in Employment law'. In this Q&A, Victoria outlines why she chose to study at Bristol, what she loved about her course and how she came to realise her full potential.
Success for Professor Michael Ford QC and team in major Court of Appeal strike case31 July 2019The Law School’s Professor Michael Ford QC appeared in the Court of Appeal on Tuesday 30 July, acting for the British Airline Pilots Association, BALPA, in an important strike case. The Court of Appeal judges dismissed British Airways’ appeal, in which it sought an injunction to prevent industrial action by the pilots.
Q&A with prize-winner Emily Rigler Gillingham30 July 2019Following our graduation celebrations last week we caught up with recent graduate Emily Rigler Gillingham, winner of the prize for best final year research project as well as the Debbie Phillips Prize for best student in the third year of the LLB single honours programme. In this Q&A she shares her law school experience, the importance of perspective during stressful situation like exams, and her top tips for students starting out on their law degree.
Graduation celebrations and prizes: Congratulations class of 2019!25 July 2019This week the Law School celebrated the graduation of the class of 2019 and their excellent results. From the cohort of students who had undertaken all assessments in their final year 90% achieved a 2.1 or above in their degree, with 98% of our Law with Study Abroad students achieving a 2.1 or above, an outstanding achievement.
Prof Malcolm Evans discusses UN inspection plans for unfettered access to Australian detention centres17 July 201917 July marks World Day for International Justice, a day to highlight the work done to support justice around the world as well as promote the rights of victims.
Following a recent UN press release in which experts, including the Law School’s Professor Sir Malcolm Evans, called for justice for victims of torture, Professor Evans spoke about the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture delegation’s upcoming visit to inspect places of detention in Australia.
Multi-disciplinary workshop: the role of relatives in the mental health compulsory admission process9 July 2019On 8 July 2019 the Centre for Health, Law, and Society hosted a research workshop exploring the role of relatives/carers in the mental health compulsory admission process. The event brought together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the Law School at the University of Bristol; the Schools for Psychology and for Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath; and the Department of Law and Department of Health and Social Sciences at the University of the West of England.
Incoming Law School PhD candidate cited by UK Supreme Court24 June 2019Incoming Law School PhD student Robert Craig, who will be joining the Law School in September 2019, was recently cited in a Supreme Court decision on a major constitutional law case. This is his second Supreme Court cite as a PhD student.
Law Clinic celebrates 2018-2019 awards night19 June 2019Following their exams, students from the University of Bristol Law Clinic gathered for the annual awards night last week on 10 June, celebrating the successes of the past year with Law Clinic members, staff and representatives from its sponsoring firm, Osborne Clarke. Student Outreach Manager Susannah Burley writes about the event.
Launching soon: Centre for Global Law and Innovation11 June 2019The Law School is delighted to announce the launch of a new centre of research. The Centre for Global Law and Innovation (CGLI) brings together expertise in international trade law, innovation law, intellectual property law and digital economies to promote thought leadership on the legal challenges posed by digital economies and global trade.
Mental Health Awareness Week: Spotlight on Law Clinic Partnership with Bristol Mind16 May 2019This year the University of Bristol Law Clinic established drop-in sessions with Bristol Mind, a mental health resource that promotes wellbeing and provides accessible support services for people in Bristol and surrounding areas. In this article Student Outreach Manager Susannah Burley writes about the Law Clinic’s commitment to support Bristol Mind’s aims and to alleviate the pressure that can arise from legal issues.
“The most important thing is to follow your passions”: Interview with MSc / PhD student Yentyl Williams15 May 2019The MSc in Social Legal Studies is a great course for students wanting to take their first step towards a research career. In this Q&A Yentyl Williams, a mature student who embarked on the MSc after working as a consultant to institutions in the EU, Africa and the Caribbean - and who previously ran her own NGO - discusses how the critical skills she has developed through her study at Bristol have seen her discover a new world where she can channel her passions and analytical skills to tackle societal issues.
“Five things we’re most proud of”: Law Clinic students reflect on their 2018-19 achievements7 May 2019A functioning justice system means access to both the courts and legal advice for all who need it. Yet, with cuts to legal aid, society’s most vulnerable are being left unprotected. The University of Bristol Law Clinic seeks to address this by providing pro-bono legal advice, supporting those that most need it to get the justice they deserve. We took a look back at the initiatives and progress that the Law Clinic has achieved over the course of this academic year.
Making significant change: student Q&A with Julio Mkok3 May 2019Final-year law student Julio Mkok was recently awarded a prize for outstanding achievements at The International Students Conference for Africa (TISCA) 2019. In this Q&A he speaks about the event, his Bristol University experience, and shares his future plans for making significant, far-reaching change.
Access to justice: Law School employment dispute research part of EU-funded ETHOS Report 3 May 2019As part of the EU-funded ETHOS research project - which sets out to build knowledge around justice in Europe, raise awareness of impediments to justice, and provide guidelines for policies to prevent and reverse injustice - a recently published report, co-written by the Law School’s Professor Morag McDermont together with Dr Pier-Luc Dupont, Dr Eleanor Kirk and Professor Bridget Anderson, examines alternative employment dispute resolution in the UK.
The PhD Process: Alumni Q&A with Lydia Hayes2 May 2019We spoke to award-winning Law School alumna Lydia Hayes, Reader in Law and Politics at the University of Cardiff, following her talk for the Centre for Law at Work and the Industrial Law Society at the University of Bristol. In this Q&A she shares her PhD journey: how she set out her application, the advice she would give her younger self, and the most valuable lesson her PhD taught her.
Centre for Law at Work hosts Gig Economy Workshop24 April 2019On 5 April 2019, the University of Bristol Centre for Law at Work hosted an exploratory workshop 'Employment Status in the Gig Economy: Courts and Legislation' examining issues surrounding the gig economy and its impact on the regulation of working life. In this event report, Centre co-directors Professors Alan Bogg and Tonia Novitz share the workshop’s themes and outcomes, including future research collaboration with leading commentators, activists and practitioners in this rapidly changing field of study.
Law Clinic event raises money for CLIC Sargent11 April 2019On 28 March the University of Bristol Law Clinic Student Committee hosted a charity pub quiz and raffle to raise money for CLIC Sargent. In attendance were students from a variety of degree programmes, two trainees from Osborne Clarke, and many Law Clinic members. In this event report, Susie Burley, the Law Clinic's Outreach Manager, writes about the partnership between the Law Clinic and CLIC Sargent and gives an account of the evening's success.
Law students receive prestigious Middle Temple Access to the Bar Award11 April 2019Each year the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple offers up to 23 Access to the Bar Awards, providing eligible students with one week’s work experience in a set of barristers’ chambers and one week’s marshalling alongside a judge. After a tough selection process, two of our law students were successful in attaining these awards to help better prepare them for a career at the bar.
World Health Day 2019: Spotlight on the CHLS8 April 2019As we look back on World Health Day, marked every 7 April to raise awareness for global healthcare issues, we celebrate our Centre for Health, Law, and Society (CHLS), with reflections from our experts in the field of health law, a recent special issue legal journal edited by the Co-Directors of the CHLS, and the Centre’s ground-breaking LLM.
NHS Long-term Plan: Dr Albert Sanchez-Graells submits evidence to House of Commons Committee4 April 2019The Law School's Dr Albert Sanchez-Graells has submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee in the inquiry on legislative proposals put forward to support the implementation of the NHS long-term plan. In his evidence he warns that proposed legislation would result in significant de-regulation, removing important checks and balances without identifying alternative regulatory frameworks.
Another successful year for the Hunt Cup Debating competition29 March 2019The annual Hunt Cup Debating competition, run through the University of Bristol Law Club and founded by Lord Hunt, welcomed students from across the faculty to hone their debating skills, tackling topics ranging from slum tourism, to veganism, to endorsing the music of artists involved in sexual assault.
Law School students compete in world’s largest debating competition25 March 2019Law School students, Timothy Lo and Sebastian Curtis were selected to compete in the annual World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC), held at the end of 2018. The WUDC is the world’s largest debating tournament, and is said to be one of the largest annual international student events in the world.