Book Launch: Great Debates in Gender and Law

This is the first event for the Athena Swan programme at Reading Law School, whose aim is to show how the department is working to promote gender equality and to identify and address challenges particular to the department and discipline. The event celebrates the publication of the first textbook – Great Debates in Gender and Law – to consider gender perspectives in relation to the whole undergraduate law curriculum in England and Wales. Come and celebrate its publication, and consider the book’s suggestions for including gender issues in your module syllabus.

PLEASE RSVP TO j.oag@reading.ac.uk BY 26 JUNE

Queer Kinship: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

The Family, Gender and Sexuality research grouping at the School of Law, University of Reading, is to host an interdisciplinary half-day symposium on ‘Queer Kinship’ on 7 June.

The event will feature contributions from Law, History, English Literature, and Cultural Studies and will provide a forum for a series of exciting, innovative discussions around some pressing contemporary issues of LGBTQ identity and rights.

The programme, with paper abstracts and speakers’ biographies, is available here.

Anyone who is interested in the event is very welcome to attend.

Please register your interest here.

Deportation plans of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers from Israel

UPDATE

On Tuesday (24th April) the Israeli government announced to the Supreme Court that its plans to forcibly deport Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers to Rwanda and Uganda cannot be implemented.
All deportation orders are cancelled and permits will be renewed.

Ruvi tweeted about it here.


On Monday 9th April, Dr Ruvi Ziegler co-authored a letter to the Israeli Attorney General (AG) imploring him not to authorise plans for deportations of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers from Israel, signed by over 50 immigration and international refugee law academics the world over.

The letter received some coverage in the press:

https://www.jta.org/…/sixty-refugee-law-experts-object-isra… (English)

https://www.mako.co.il/…/edu…/Article-dc97497d80ca261004.htm (Hebrew)

https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5225564,00.html (Hebrew)

And on Twitter…

https://twitter.com/ruviz/status/983658248074153986

 

On Tuesday 10th April the High Court of Justice Heard the petition, which was submitted in January, challenging the constitutionality of the deportations.

There was a lot of confusion in the hearing because of all of the recent changes – the declaration of the Israeli Prime Minister that the deportation deal with Rwanda fell through and that Israel has a new deal with UNHCR, followed by the quick backing out of the deal with the UNHCR and the attempts to pursue the deportations to Uganda.

You can read about last week’s fiasco in Ruvi’s piece in The Conversation.

The Court was literally unable to get a clear answer as to whether or not there is an agreement with Uganda or not. Some of the hearing was conducted ex parte.

Eventually, the Court decided the petition, dismissing it because the factual basis for the petition submitted in January was largely irrelevant. The government was given five days to update the Court whether deportation is actually an option and, if they don’t present a signed agreement that had received the authorisation of the Attorney General by April 15th, the Court decided that the people who are now in immigration detention awaiting their deportation will be released.

The Court barred the deportation from occurring in the next two weeks, so that it would be possible to submit new petitions. The letter to the AG will be submitted to the Court with that petition.

Client Interviewing Competition – National Training Day

On Saturday 27th January, the winners of our internal Client Interviewing Competition (Zeina Albuainain and Maya Altunsi) and the two runners-up (Edith Scott and Georgios Kollias) attended the National Training Day organised by the national Client Interviewing Competition at the University of Law, Bloomsbury.

They all conducted a practice interview with a ‘client’, and received valuable feedback from members of staff, and other competitors.

It was a very useful and enjoyable day.

Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne awarded the Paul Reuter Prize

Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, of the School of Law, has been awarded the 11th Paul Reuter Prize by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), for his book , Detention in Non-International Armed Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2016). The Paul Reuter Prize is awarded by the ICRC every three years to a major work in the field of international humanitarian law. There will be a prize ceremony is Geneva in the Spring. Dr Hill-Cawthorne said he was “delighted” to be honoured by the award, and Professor Paul Almond, Research Division leader for Law, said that“this was fitting recognition for a truly outstanding piece of scholarship. We are very proud of Lawrence’s achievement”.

Prestigious ‘best early career paper’ output prize award for 2017

Dr Despoina Mantzari was awarded the prestigious ‘best early career paper’ output prize (sponsored by Edward Elgar) at the UK IVR (International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy) Annual Conference on Law, Rationality and the Market that took place between 16 and 17 November 2017 at Sheffield Law School. The award related to her paper entitled ‘Economic Evidence and Administrative Discretion’, which is based on Despoina’s British Academy-funded research project, which looks at the influence of economic evidence on administrative discretion within the context of UK utilities regulation.

Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne presents to international judges

In September 2017, Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne participated in a two-day retreat of the judges of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, held in Nuremberg. As part of this, Dr Hill-Cawthorne gave a presentation on particular aspects of international criminal law with a particular focus on the jurisdiction of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, which were created in 2015 and tasked with the job of prosecuting individuals suspected of perpetrating international crimes, including war crimes and cri.mes against humanity

Celebrating 40 years of Reading Law graduates

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.

Chris Newdick appointed to the Committee of Public Inquiry into NHS Wales on Individual Patient Funding Requests

Chris Newdick was appointed by the Welsh government to be a member of a six-person Committee of Public Inquiry into NHS Wales on Individual Patient Funding Requests for medicines and other treatments not routinely purchased by the NHS. The report and the evidence it received were published in January 2017.

In March 2017, the Welsh government accepted all of the report’s recommendations. The proposals are to be implemented throughout Wales by September 2017. In his statement to the Welsh Assembly, the Welsh Cabinet Secretary, Vaughan Gething states: “Today, I’ve written to health board chairs to confirm the arrangements for implementing all of the recommendations by September of this year… taken together, all of the recommendations, when implemented, will have a positive impact on the IPFR process, making it more easily understandable and less prone to being misused… I would like to finish by thanking the review group in their entirety for their effort and commitment in tackling what is a highly complex area, and in doing so compassionately and intelligently, and delivering their recommendations within a challenging timeframe” (agenda item 3).