2021 Stowe Family Law Prize Winner announced

Many congratulations to Rebecca J Cork and Megan Largier, joint winners of the 2021 Stowe Family Law Prize. Rebecca and Megan achieved the highest first class marks in the Family Law final examination, demonstrating a high standard of work and commitment to their studies.

In recognition of Rebecca and Megan’s outstanding performances, they have been awarded a monetary prize. The prize would normally offer work experience at Stowe Family Law’s Reading office, however, due to the unprecedented circumstances from COVID-19 this year, they have been awarded with a cash alternative.

Prize-winner Rebecca Cork said “I really enjoyed the Family Law module because of the great teaching which made achieving high marks a lot easier”.

Professor Thérèse Callus, module convenor for Family Law said “We are delighted that Rebecca and Megan are able to benefit from the generous prize offered by SFL, Reading, and we appreciate SFL recognising our students’ achievement. The performance of both students over a very challenging year, culminating in excellentexamination results is testament to their hard work and it was a pleasure to have them in my class this year. Both students are very worthy winners and the School of Law is very proud of them. We are very grateful to SFL, Reading,for their on-going support.”

The Family Law Module provides students with a working knowledge of how private law relates to the family and to the breakdown of families. The content of the final year module includes critical engagement with family law policy trends and debates, coupled with the study of the relevant law on the creation and dissolution of formal (and informal) partnerships, domestic violence, financial provision and arrangements for children following family breakdown.

Stowe Family Law are specialists in assisting married and non-married cohabitants with their finances, property ownership and child arrangements during divorce and separation. For the last few decades, the firm has had its finger on the pulse of political & policy issues surrounding family law, including why the law seeks to regulate certain familial relationships and how it is done.

Stowe Family Law and the School of Law at the University of Reading are pleased to offer theFamily Law prize again in the coming academic year and look forward to building further collaborative links for the benefits of the students. It is hoped that the work experience component of the award willonce again be possible, as it gives students a fantastic opportunity to see how family law in practice operates.

Africa Bauza Garcia-Arcicollar looks at climate change and justice in the Maldives

Africa Bauza Garcia-Arcicollar recently completed her PhD thesis in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading looking at climate change and justice in the Maldives. Africa said:

My doctoral research was motivated by exploring what just climate futures might look like for small island communities in the context of climate change. I travelled to two islands in the Maldives, Thulusdhoo and Rinbudhoo, and spoke to young women about their hopes and aspirations, their experiences of movement, and their anticipation of loss were the islands to become uninhabitable. I found that islanders imagined their futures in the Maldives, in terms of a continuity of place and way of life, and so that climate-related migration and displacement signified an important disrupture to ‘island life’. Accordingly, a future elsewhere would constitute an unjust future that requires a justice response which embraces the non-material and symbolic dimensions of climate change and island life.

Schmitt on (Virtual) World Speaking Tour

Professor Mike Schmitt spent the last three weeks on a virtual speaking tour around the world.  On 17 June, he spoke virtually on “Hostile Cyber Operations and the Pandemic” in an on-line webinar hosted by the United States Air Force Academy.  That afternoon, he also gave an in-person presentation on “Cyber Law Strategy” for military legal officers from around the world attending the Defense Institute for International Law Studies program in Rhode Island, USA. The following week, he opened the Canadian Government sponsored course on Human Rights in Cyber Space for Caribbean officials with a presentation on “The Cyber Context of Human Rights.” Professor Schmitt also co-directs the 7-day course, which is certified by Reading Law School as Executive Education.

On 24 June and 1 July Professor Schmitt gave a virtual seminar for officials of European Union states.  Each session covered cyber-attacks on health care and election meddling by cyber means. The seminar was hosted by Microsoft. Finally, on 30 June, Professor Schmitt was the guest speaker at Hebrew’s University Federmann Cyber Security Center. He analyzed recent UN actions regarding international cyber law and well as Israel’s recently released statement of its position as to how law applies in cyberspace.

Professor Mike Schmitt to serve as Director and Co-General Editor of the Tallinn Manual 3.0 project

The CCDCOE has committed to host a project to revise and expand the influential Tallinn Manual 2.0 on International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations. Professor Mike Schmitt, who directed the Tallinn Manual 2.0 effort and was its General Editor, will serve as the Director and Co-General Editor of the Tallinn Manual 3.0 project. In reaction to being invited to serve again as Project Director, Professor Schmitt noted, “The Tallinn Manual 2.0 International Group of Experts is proud of the extent to which its work has proven useful to States and the broader international community. But as the technology advances and the reliance of societies on cyberspace grows, States are taking stands through their pronouncements and practice on how international law governs cyber activities. If the Tallinn Manual process is to remain valuable to those who shoulder cyber responsibilities on behalf of their nations, we must act now to ensure it remains an accurate reflection of the current state of the law.” For more information on the project, see: CCDCOE