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School of Law signs landmark Chinese collaboration
Following a recent visit to Liverpool by a delegation from the Law School of Tianjin University of Commerce (TUC), led by Professor Roger Webster, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, LJMU’s School of Law has signed a landmark student exchange agreement with TUC.
Pictured: The delegation from TUC visiting the LJMU, Professor Enpig Qi, Dean of TUC Law School, Professor Tong Chai, Vice-Dean of TUC Law School and Professor Lizheng Wang, Director of International Co-operation
The agreement is for a TUC undergraduate student to come to Liverpool for one year to study on LJMU’s LLB (Hons) Law programme, and at postgraduate level TUC students will visit the School for one year to study on the LLM International Business, Corporate and Finance Law programme. All exchanges are set to commence in September 2014.
Academics from the School of Law have already started their exchange visits, and in summer 2013 Dr Tony Harvey, LLM programme leader and Alison Lui, senior lecturer in Law spent time at TUC teaching students and learning about local customs.
Commenting after the trip, one of the TUC delegates said:
“Our visit to Liverpool impressed us, thank you for your hospitality. The students are very interested in our cooperation project. If you have a chance, I hope you can come to China for another visit. We also hope to have a chance to visit Liverpool again.”
Talking about the collaboration, Professor Roger Webster said: “We greatly value collaborations with our partners in China. TUC students will bring a diversity of knowledge of the Chinese legal system to LJMU, which will no doubt have a very positive impact on students who will be studying with the exchange students. We look forward to arranging more exchanges in the future, for students and academics alike.”
LJMU offers pro bono family law clinic
The School of Law will be partnering with Liverpool family law firm, Heaney Watson to deliver its first pro bono legal clinic on 25 November, focusing on family law issues.
The clinic will start with a short seminar, and visitors will be encouraged to speak to legal advisors in private afterwards about their particular concerns. A team of solicitor mentors from Heaney Watson, accompanied by students who are training to become solicitors on the School’s Legal Practice Course, will be available to speak to individuals in confidence. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to suggest topics they would like to see covered in future seminars over the coming months.
The drop-in clinic takes place from 5:30pm in the ground floor area of the Redmonds Building on Brownlow Hill. No pre-booking is required.
School of Law lecturer appointed to Inner Temple
Dr David Lowe, senior lecturer in the School of Law has been announced as one of four new Academic Fellows of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, in recognition of his outstanding contribution of legal teaching and research.
David, whose research focuses on terrorism, policing, criminal law and human rights, is the first academic from the post-92 group of universities to be recognised by this prestigious organisation.
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple is one of the four barrister Inns of Court of England and Wales. It celebrated the 400th anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter in 2008 and works closely with universities across the UK to provide information on the profession to aspiring entrants.
David joins an exclusive list of fellows from institutions such as University of Cambridge, University of Birmingham, London School of Economics, University of Leeds and University College London.
Commenting on his fellowship, David said:
“I am thrilled and privileged to have been selected from so many excellent candidates and I am looking forward to working alongside such esteemed academic colleagues and members of the legal profession. A bonus is how it will give me the opportunity represent LJMU and the School of Law at the Inner Temple where I can showcase the talents of our Law School students as well as building strong connections between the Inn and LJMU that I hope will last for many years.”
School of Law academic releases new text book
The second edition of Eric Baskind’s book, ‘Commercial Law Concentrate’ has just been published by Oxford University Press.
The 224 page text provides thorough coverage of all key aspects of the undergraduate syllabus, including the law of agency, the sale of goods, international trade, and methods of payment, finance, and security.
Commenting on the book, Eric says:
“Commercial Law offers a fresh, modern, and stimulating account of the subject, thereby helping students better understand this important area of law. A range of learning features are employed throughout the book to encourage understanding of the law and to demonstrate how the principles behind it play out in practical domestic and international commercial transactions.”
The book is available from Oxford University Press website for £11.99 http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199671991.do#.Ul-XYdKsjTp
Mooters wanted to represent LJMU
Liverpool John Moores University has an enviable reputation for its performance across a range of skills competitions, and in particular Mooting. The School of Law Mooting Team coordinator, senior lecturer Eric Baskind, would like to hear from Level 5 and 6 students who wish to represent their university in the 2014 competitions.
The competitions provide law students from universities throughout the UK with the opportunity to gain experience in their future role as advocates. In taking part in a moot, students not only show their knowledge and skill in handling legal materials, but also their ability to practise the art of forensic and persuasive argument in a concise and effective manner. Furthermore, mooting enables students to gain confidence as advocates in a courtroom setting.
Eric Baskind, commented: “We’re looking for students who have good all-round legal knowledge and lots of enthusiasm for advocate work and argument.”
He continued, “Mooting is an essential skill for students wishing to pursue a career at the Bar or as Advocates. Under my leadership, LJMU has enjoyed a great deal of success at national mooting competitions which aids employability as the students are showcased to prospective employers and recruiters.”
Auditions will be held, from which a team will be selected to represent LJMU in the competitions and training will be provided in key legal areas of advocacy and mooting.
Last semester’s Mooting team achieve a great deal by coming close runners-up in the 2013 English Speaking Union-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition.
64 universities took part in the competition and LJMU won a place in the grand finals, which were held in the President’s Court in the Court of Appeal, Royal Courts of Justice, London.
The exciting final saw a team from University College London narrowly beat LJMU‘s Eleanor Rowan and Justine Allan. LJMU were presented with the Scarman Shield and each of the students won a cash prize of £750 with a further prize of £500 going to LJMU. All four students in the finals were also offered a mini-pupillage at the prestigious Essex Court Chambers.
The final was judged by a panel chaired by Lord Collins of Mapesbury (former Supreme Court Judge), Sara Cockerill QC and Nigel Eaton QC.
If you are interested in becoming involved in the LJMU Mooting Team, contact Eric Baskind firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the end of October.
Guardian interview: Protecting vulnerable children
LJMU Senior Law Lecturer, Dr Emma Davies, who has conducted research on vulnerable child witnesses for over twenty five years, was recently interviewed by the Guardian in an article looking at how can we make our schools safer places for vulnerable children.
As a child protection professional, Emma raised the issue of why there are many complex reasons that trained professionals fail to see and link signs of abuse.
Emma’s main research area is on ways to protect the youngest and most vulnerable victims of crime through pre-recorded testimonies. Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, New Zealand in 2012, her work published in the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, is the only study of its kind on pre-recorded cross-examination in an adversarial criminal justice system. This comes at a time when the UK Government has outlined new proposals which state that the youngest and most vulnerable victims of crime are to be protected from the trauma of appearing in court.
Her paper reports on lawyers’ and victim advisors’ experiences with nine pre-recorded hearings involving young people as witnesses in criminal court cases in Auckland. Focus groups, interviews and a questionnaire were used to elicit perceived advantages and disadvantages, issues in the preparation for hearings, conducting the hearings and showing the pre-recordings at trial.
You can read the Guardian article here
If you would like to contact Emma for further information or interviews, call: +44 (0)151 231 4725 or 07526172430 or email: E.Davies@ljmu.ac.uk
Kenya’s Westgate attack: Terrorism expert analysis
Dr David Lowe, Principal Lecturer in Law, was featured on BBC Television and Radio analysing the terrorist groups who could be involved in the Nairobi shopping centre attack, looking specifically at al-Shabab, the involvement of UK nationals, radicalisation, terrorism intelligence gathering and international exchange.
In addition to the national radio stations, he was interviewed by most of the BBC local radio stations on the topic. You can listen to some of the interviews on the following links:
BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bfmws 36 minutes 43 seconds in
Dr Lowe’s main research interests are terrorism, policing, transnational crime and human rights. Most of this emanates from his previous occupation as a police officer with Merseyside Police, where he worked for 25 years. He has also been carrying out work with Irish politicians on cross-border terrorism.
Due to his research in the area and his experience of working in counter-terrorism, Dr Lowe is regularly contacted by the media for his expert opinion on terrorist incidents.
Dr David Lowe can be contacted on: +44 (0) 151 231 3918 or 07528192637 or email: D.Lowe@ljmu.ac.uk
Law lecturer appears on Meredith Kercher documentary
A programme recently aired on Channel 5 in which Senior Lecturer in LJMU’s School of Law, Eric Baskind was invited to participate in the reconstruction of the incident which led to the death of British student, Meredith Kercher in 2007.
In the show, ‘Amanda Knox Trial: Five Key Questions’, Eric, who is an expert in physical restraint methods and martial arts tested whether he could restrain a model and inflict the fatal knife wound without the help of others and found that one person could have carried out the attack.
Following the murder, there was a fast-tracked legal case in 2009, which led to Rudy Guede being found guilty of Kercher’s murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison later reduced to 15 years. Meanwhile Amanda Knox and former boyfriend were also convicted but subsequently freed on appeal - their re-trial starts this week in Italy.
Eric has advised numerous bodies on the subject of restraint, including the Prison Service, Police, high security hospitals, the Security Industry Authority and numerous qualification awarding bodies.
The show was broadcast on Thursday 25 September and can be viewed online: http://www.channel5.com/shows/amanda-knox-trial-5-key-questions/episodes/amanda-knox-trial-5-key-questions
Commenting on his participation in the show, Eric said:
“I was contacted by the Italian lawyers and was asked to consider, from a restraint-expert’s viewpoint, whether it was possible for the murder to have been committed by a single assailant or whether it was more likely that others were involved.”
Eric and other members of the School of Law teaching team are available for comment and consultation by the media on a range of legal and related issues. For more information about their expertise visit the School’s staff page www.ljmu.ac.uk/law
The programme was aired on Thursday 26th September at 10:00pm and can now be viewed here: http://www.channel5.com/shows/amanda-knox-trial-5-key-questions/episodes/amanda-knox-trial-5-key-questions
Arab Spring symposium reflects on a world changing two years
Two years on from the last conference held by LJMU’s School of Law to discuss the impacts of the Arab Spring of 2011, academics gathered in the Redmonds Building to consider some of the key international legal and political issues currently under debate as events in the Arab World, and in particular Syria, continue to unfold.
The symposium, titled ‘The Arab Spring: 2 Years On’ brought together leading academics and students across a range of disciplines, including Dr Jackson Maogoto (University of Manchester), Dr Jure Vidmar (University of Oxford), and Dr Chris Henderson (University of Liverpool), all of whom are well established scholars in their fields of expertise.
Co-convenor of the symposium, Dr Gary Wilson of the School of Law, said that “the event reflected the growing international law and human rights expertise within the School and the desire to bring topical issues with a legal dimension to a wider audience.”
He added “that it was particularly pleasing to have had the participation of both colleagues and students from the School of Humanities and Social Science in the symposium, which gave it a truly inter-disciplinary perspective. Many thanks go to the eminent speakers who kindly agreed to participate at the event.”
Speaking after the event, one of the contributors Dr Jackson Maogoto said:
“The conference offered a unique experience rather than focusing on the political dimensions and their impact on international law. Its ambitions were broader with cross-disciplinary presentations that focused the historical, political and ongoing occurrences on the international legal and political framework. Aptly it identified the limitation of doctrine and legal principle and identified the Arab Spring's uniqueness and thus the need for broader. Often many have seen it or interpreted it as a replay of some past epochal events such as the fall of communism or the democratic wave in sub-Sahara Africa.”