On Saturday 10 November 2018, the School of Law at the University of Reading hosted a public research event in the historic Grade 1 Listed building of Minster of St. Mary-the-Virgin, located in Reading city centre. It formed part of the ESRC’s (Economic and Social Research Council) Festival of Social Science, a week-long national programme of events designed to celebrate the social sciences and bring them to a wider public audience.
The programme for the event is available here.
Our event turned Reading Minister into an interactive exhibition space filled with studies on crime and criminal justice carried out by University of Reading researchers at the School of Law, plus a range of other partners and associated researchers. Through the use of mini-lectures and visual data – including photography, artifacts, and videos – the event challenged visitors to think about the history and impact of incarceration, criminalisation, and our societal appetite to punish offenders. It asked questions such as: Can the use of criminal punishments prevent unwanted deaths? How has punishment changed over the years? What does history tell us about what and who should be criminalised? Should the death penalty be reintroduced? How do prisons differ across the world?
Hundreds of members of the local community came by during the day to listen, view, and browse the projects on display, and to talk to the researchers involved in the projects.
Tweets about the event can be found at #limitsofcommunity.
Some of you might be interested in the first podcast of the First 100 Years project, intended to celebrate the centenary of women’s admission into the legal profession in the UK and Ireland, in which I am the first contributor (since I covered the early years). The series was launched last night at a very nice reception at Goldman Sachs in London with real champagne.
The Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation at Reading will host research events discussing topical issues on various aspects of commercial law between the months of January and March this year. The events are dedicated to interdisciplinary conversations and will bring practitioners from across the commercial law sphere together with national and international academics. The series aims to explore the main issues regarding Commercial and IP law and regulation as they concern the appropriate policy intervention to sharing of data, data security and data governance. The seminars will provide opportunities for students and guests to immerse themselves, and participate in riveting debates with our staff and participants.
Attendance is Free. Visitors coming from outside the University of Reading are requested to send advanced notification of their attendance to email@example.com
Read more about the CCLFR Research Seminar Series.
Read more about the Intellectual Property Law Research Seminar Series.
The reception in the Churchill rooms to celebrate 40 years of Reading law graduates
On the evening of Thursday 7 September over 90 Reading alumni, guests, staff and student representatives met to celebrate 40 years of Reading law graduates. The alumni present included eight of the first graduates, all of whom successfully entered one or other branch of the legal profession.
Alumni ranged from the 1977 graduates to those who graduated in 2015. It was clear by the volume in the room that old friendships were frequently renewed to the delight of all concerned. Students and recent graduates were able to talk to those whose memory of the School of Law were portacabins behind the URS building rather than the more imposing Foxhill House.
Six of the first Reading law graduates from 1977
A common theme in conversation was how friendly and supportive the School was, and still is, to its students. The reception was honoured to be addressed by His Honour Sir Robin Knowles CBE, a High Court Judge and a long standing supporter of the Bar Pro Bono Unit. Sir Robin in his address focused on the importance of JUSTICE and its vision of fair, accessible and efficient legal processes, in which the individual’s rights are protected, and which reflect the country’s international reputation for upholding and promoting the rule of law. He commended the School of Law for its commitment to encourage law students to become involved in pro bono activities, and expressed the hope that organisations like JUSTICE and the School of Law could assist in achieving the goal of strengthening the justice system in the United Kingdom. Professor Susan Breau, Head of the School of Law, thanked alumni for their support of the School and invited them to continue to do so in particular in the implementations of the proposed reforms to the profession. She also officially launched the Patricia Leopold Fund, named after Emerita Professor Leopold and established to support and encourage pro bono, co-curricular activities and work experience by law students. Emerita Patricia Leopold concluded by thanking the speakers and all who attended and encouraged alumni to ‘keep in touch’.
The University is grateful to alumnus Michael Hatchard for his support of the event and Robert Jennick MP for making it possible to hold the event in the wonderful location of the Churchill Rooms.
From right to left: University of Leicester team (Robert Quartly and Sefki Bayram), Judge Johannah Cutts QC and University of Reading team (Mark Jenkins and David Tan)
On Wednesday 29th April 2015 the School of Law hosted the second round of the UH/Blackstone’s National Criminal Advocacy Competition against the University of Leicester. Finalist Mark Jenkins and first year student David Tan acted as prosecutors examining and cross-examining the complainant (marvelously played by first year student Ruth Cottington-Bray) and defendant (exquisitely played by Dr Nicholas Roberts) in the case of R v Webber against the defence team (final year students Sefki Bayram and Robert Quartly). Judge Johannah Cutts QC of Reading Crown Court decided the case and provided detailed feedback to the competitors on their individual performances. As the competition is based on a calculation of scores, rather than a knock-out basis, we will find out in due course whether Mark and David have made it through to the semi-final round.
The Annual Law Lecture 2015 took place on 9 March 2015 and was given by Professor Elizabeth Cooke, a Law Commissioner for England and Wales. In her fascinating lecture, ‘The art of the possible: The Law Commission and the mystery of non-political law reform’ she shared with us some of the challenges and frustrations encountered in that role, and reflected on the nature of non-political, independent law reform, as well as entertaining us with amusing anecdotes.
‘The Law in These Parts’ – film Screening and panel discussion Thursday, 27 February, 1600-1900, in HumSS, G25
Panelists: Professor Susan Breau (School of Law), Dr. James Green (School of Law), Dr. Christina Hellmich (International Relations), Dr. Lisa Purse (Film, Theatre and Television) Chair and Moderator: Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler (School of Law) This revealing documentary investigates the justice of the legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories through interviews with the architects of this military legal system juxtaposed with historical footage.
‘The Law In These Parts’ has won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival (2012), the Special Jury Prize in the International Feature Competition at Hot Docs Festival in Canada (2012), and the Special Jury Award in the Full Frame Documentary Festival (2012). Trailer
How to Write a Proposal for PhD and Funding
Tuesday, 10 December , 10am-1pm
The School of Law at the University of Reading is hosting a workshop designed to assist
prospective Law School PhD applicants in writing research proposals for entry to
doctoral programmes and for studentship funding.
This is a small group workshop and places are limited. To apply for a place please send a
draft research proposal (400–600 words), a CV, and a short statement outlining your
PhD and career plans to the Law School’s PGR Director, Dr Ioannis Glinavos:
Closing date for applications: 01.12.2013 Selected candidates will be notified by email.
Applicants with interests in the following areas are especially welcome: Competition
Law, Energy Law, Law and Economics, Criminal Justice & Criminology, European Law,
Family Law, Human Rights, Legal History, Media Law, Medical Law, Terrorism &
Security, Gender & Sexuality, Race-Religion & Law.
The School of Law at Reading is consistently ranked among the top UK Law Schools
for teaching and research. A range of University of Reading and externally funded
studentships are open to the School’s PhD candidates.
For inquiries, contact:
Dr Ioannis Glinavos