David Bilchitz publishes his new book ‘Fundamental Rights and the Legal Obligations of Business’

The book asks the question how can we determine what are the obligations of corporations with respect to fundamental rights in law?

David was interviewed by the IACL Blog about the book.

The question the book deals with is relevant to a range of current issues. For instance, the nature of the obligations of Facebook and Twitter with regard to free speech and privacy; the nature of the obligations of companies like Moderna and Pfizer to make their vaccines available across the world; the nature of the obligations of mining companies with respect to the environment and climate change.

The book examines existing legal models around the world and systematizes, justifies and develops what I term a ‘multi-factoral approach’. It examines methods for balancing competing factors – it defends the use of proportionality for ascertaining corporation’s negative obligations and proposes a novel seven-step test for determining their positive obligations.  Since judgment is ineliminable when determining corporate obligations, I finally propose legal and institutional reforms – both at the national and international levels – to improve decision-making surrounding corporate obligations and embed fundamental rights within the corporate structure and the minds of key decision-makers.

Mini Pupillages for the best performing students in Banking and Company Law!

The School is pleased to share that four one-week mini pupillages have been secured for the best performing students in either the Banking Law or Company Law modules! These mini pupillages will take place at Garden Court Chambers, (GCC) located in London. There is flexibility in the start dates, between JulyAugust or September 2022.

The top 10 best students in these two modules will be invited to apply for one of the four mini pupillages at GCC. You will be required to write a cover letter addressed to Dr Folashade Adeyemo  outlining the following:

  1. Why you deserve to win this mini pupillage;
  2. The area(s) of law you are interested in;
  3. Why you are interested in a career at the Bar;
  4. How this mini pupillage will help you further your career.

You will be required to attach an up to date copy of your CV. Eligible students will be contacted after the examination results. Good luck!

Professor Rob Merkin QC publishes the fourth edition of Colinvaux’s Law of Insurance in Hong Kong

The Fourth Edition of Colinvaux’s Law of Insurance in Hong Kong, which is written by Professor Rob Merkin QC, has been published. The new fourth edition takes into account the overhaul of the Hong Kong regulatory system for insurers and intermediaries, and includes analysis of the recent COVID-19 test case: Sweet & Maxwell – Online Bookstore (sweetandmaxwell.com.hk)


Dr Peter Coe appointed as an Associate Research Fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Dr Peter Coe has been appointed as an Associate Research Fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Peter will be collaborating with the Institute, and its Information Law and Policy Centre, on a number of public events during the course of 2021-22 academic year.

Ruvi Ziegler debating “Towards a lasting peace in Israel/Palestine” at the Lib Dem conference

Ruvi Ziegler spoke at a policy debate entitled ‘towards a lasting peace in Israel/Palestine’ at Lib Dem conference highlighting the international humanitarian law ramifications of the illegality of settlements in the West Bank in respect of continued UK trade with them, and the importance of differentiating between the occupied territories and pre-1967 Israel.

Listen to Ruvi Ziegler speaking here.


Dr Charlotte Smith receives a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant

Dr Charlotte Smith has been awarded a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant of £9982.74 for her project: “The Colonial Bishoprics Fund and the Birth of the Worldwide Anglican Communion: Legal Transplants, Networks and Constitutional Change in the British Empire”. This project offers a fascinating case study of the impact of common law approaches to empire upon the transmission of law and constitutional ideas within the British Empire. It also, at a pivotal point in the development of the Worldwide Anglican Communion today, seeks to inform a better understanding of the legal frameworks, ideologies, and relationships underpinning global Anglicanism, and of the forms and consequences of legal relationships between metropolitan and daughter churches across the common law world. It achieves these two objectives through the completion of the first ever legal history of the Colonial Bishoprics Fund. This charitable trust, founded by individual subscribers in London in 1841, was the primary means of funding and co-ordinating Church of England efforts to export the Anglican Establishment, with all its legal and constitutional privileges, across the expanding British Empire. Through its activities the seeds of what became global Anglicanism were sown.