Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne and Ruvi Ziegler presented a paper entitled ‘Military Objective’

Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne and Ruvi Ziegler presented a paper entitled ‘Military Objective’ in Non-International Armed Conflicts: Incorporating Post-Conflict Considerations’ at the 8th Minerva/ICRC international Conference: ‘Military Objectives and Objects of War: An Uneasy Relationship’, held in Jerusalem, Israel on 24-25 November 2013.
Conference programme:

Paul Almond appeared on BBC WM (West Midlands)

Paul Almond appeared on BBC WM (West Midlands) to talk about “health and safety gone mad” and a recent “case” highlighted in the Daily Mail “newspaper” (, 18/11/2013. The link to the radio show is here: (at 33.20).


Seven Students from Reading University Law School have just qualified as helpline advisers to parents with special educational needs problems on a training course run at the university by IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice).  They are the first students at the Law School to have successfully undertaken this demanding training course which covers all aspects of special needs, including school exclusion, disability equality rights and disputes with local authorities over educational provision.

The training course is part of the Law School’s extensive pro bono programme which gives students important skills and experience that they will need for practice as lawyers, while at the same time answering the pressing need for volunteer legal advisers at a time when the legal aid budget has been slashed.

Reading is one of only three Law Schools in England and Wales that offers IPSEA training.

The cost has been met from generous donations made to the Law School by its Alumni. Following the success of last year’s intake, a further twelve students have just started their  training and hope to qualify as telephone advisers next year.

Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University, responding to this news, congratulated all involved.  IPSEA, he explained, plays a vital role in helping to advise parents of children with special educational needs. Having Reading Law students trained up to be telephone helpline advisers for IPSEA, he added, is an excellent initiative. Not only will the students concerned learn new skills; they will be applying their knowledge and expertise in a practical way which will be of great help to parents

School Director of Pro Bono speaks at CLEO (Clinical Legal Education Organisation) Workshop

On 16th November Dr Nick Roberts, School Director of Enterprise/Pro Bono, attended a CLEO workshop in Portsmouth University, as an invited speaker on a panel addressing Law Schools working with Citizens’ Advice Bureaux. It was a valuable opportunity to share experiences of this and other Pro Bono projects. From conversations with other delegates it was clear that the Reading Law School does indeed offer one of the widest range of Pro Bono activities of any Law School in England and Wales. Having this range of projects enables us to involve many more students than most universities which offer, for example, a dedicated Student Law Clinic: limitations on numbers generally mean that only a small number of students can then be involved.

New Visiting Fellow nominated:

The School of Law is delighted to announce that Tony Roe has been recognised as Visiting Fellow in Family Law. Principal of Tony Roe Solicitors, Tony has provided support and advice to our students for a number of years, through both specialist sessions on family law in action and practical advice on a career in private practice. The Tony Roe Prize is awarded annually for the best performance in the Final Family Law Examination and includes a monetary award and work experience with his firm. Tony Roe Solicitors, based in Theale, is the only specialist niche divorce and family law firm to have been named in the Legal 500 in the Thames Valley, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and M4/M40 corridors.

The School of Law is very proud of its collaboration with practitioners and is committed to ensuring that students benefit from the practical and professional insight offered by practitioners in different fields. Tony’s nomination recognises his on-going contribution to the student experience here at Reading. He joins our existing Visiting Fellows, Malcolm Head of The Head Partnership and Dr Chris Danbury, Consultant in Intensive Care at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Workshop: How to Write a Proposal for PhD and Funding


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

One day International Conference on Minority Rights

Dr Tawhida Ahmed of the School of Law jointly organised a conference with the Human Rights Consortium (University of London) on ‘Comparing and Contrasting Minority and Indigenous Rights in Practice’ on 28 October 2013. The conference sought to re-integrate the themes of minority and indigenous rights in research, given the very divergent paths the two areas have taken in the international legal space. Some excellent papers were delivered across the day, bringing together senior and junior researchers in the field. The conference attracted a wide range of speakers and audience members nationally and internationally. The conference is part of a one year joint research initiative on minority rights, between the University of Reading and the Human Rights Consortium, and the financial support from both institutions is gratefully acknowledged.