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!

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.


Professor Chris Hilson discusses two papers at the virtual IPSA 2020 panel on climate litigation

In September 2020, Professor Chris Hilson was a discussant for two papers at the virtual IPSA 2020 panel on climate litigation, which was meant to be taking place in Lisbon, but which was reconvened and hosted virtually by the London School of Economics. The papers were interdisciplinary, across Politics, Anthropology, Law, and Geography and covered a wide range of topics within – and approaches to – climate change litigation, including misleading information, human and nature-based rights challenges, Latin America, and public participation.

Dr Peter Coe’s book chapter – ‘A comparative analysis of the treatment of corporate reputation in Australia and the UK’

Dr Peter Coe has written a chapter entitled ‘A comparative analysis of the treatment of corporate reputation in Australia and the UK’ for Professor András Koltay’s and Dr Paul Wragg’s edited collection Comparative Privacy and Defamation which has been published by Edward Elgar Publishing. The chapter critically analyses the Australian restriction on companies pursuing defamation claims, compared to the UK position, in which companies have a stronger, albeit imperfect right. It argues that both jurisdictions undervalue the significance of corporate reputation and its importance in the global economy.

The Global South Dialogue on Economic and Financial Crime Network – Inaugural conference

Dr. Folashade Adeyemo is co-hosting the inaugural conference of The Global South Dialogue on Economic and Financial Crime Network due to take place on Saturday 12th September, 2020.

This conference welcomes abstracts on contextualized regulatory reforms with the aim of resolving existing asymmetries and strengthening financial crime regulations in the Global South.

Abstracts submissions can be on the following themes:

  • Money Laundering Regulation
  • Tax Evasion and Avoidance
  • Financial Regulation
  • Terrorist Financing
  • Tax Expenditures
  • Whistleblowing
  • Asset Recovery
  • Corruption
  • Bribery
  • Fraud
  • The Intersection between Financial and Economic crimes
  • International Economic Law (broadly speaking)

Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words. Please also provide a CV or brief resume and your current affiliation. Deadline for submission is 31st May 2020.

Abstracts should be sent to Vazinge@lincoln.ac.uk and/or F.adeyemo@reading.ac.uk

See here for more details.