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|6 December 2017||13:00||As criminal justice systems continue to be overburdened, jury-focused systems across the world are increasingly reliant on the vast majority of defendants pleading guilty rather than exercising their right to a jury trial. Despite this, the legal infrastructure designed to protect defendants is still largely focused on trial by jury. My research identifies challenges to defendant rights in this system, with a focus on wrongful convictions arising from guilty pleas. I examine legal infrastructure in the USA and England and Wales and use empirical data and evidence from relevant cases to critique current regulations and to suggest potential reforms. Full details|| Add event|
|30 November 2017||9:00||Exeter Law School's Dr Rachel Fenton is a key speaker at the Inside Government's 'Tackling Sexual Violence and Harassment in Higher Education' conference at the Hallam Conference Centre, 09:00-16:00, Thursday 30 November 2017.
Her case study is 'Empowering Students to Pledge to Tackle Violence and Harassment'. More info here: http://ow.ly/q6z030g68TA. Full details|| Add event|
|29 November 2017||15:00||The Human Rights and Democracy Forum of Exeter Law School (http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/research/groups/humanrightsanddemocracyforum/) is delighted to welcome special guest lecture by leading Icelandic constitutional lawyer, Ágúst Thór Árnason, on the topic of "Iceland 1944 – 2016: Founding the republic with a new codified constitution".
Iceland went through a process of constitutional reform after its banking crisis and our guest was directly involved in the initial stage of the reform as a member of the 2010 – 2011 Constitutional Committee that draft the first report in this process.
Ágúst Thór Árnason is one of the leading figures of Icelandic constitutionalism and works at the University of Akureyri (http://english.unak.is/about/staff-search). He is the co-founder of the Polar Law Program at the University of Akureyri with Prof. Gudmundur Alfredsson.
Ágúst Thór Árnason will share his experience as one of the drafters and his analysis of the reform as a constitutional law scholar. The lecture will be followed by a discussion.. Full details|| Add event|
|29 November 2017||15:00||The Bracton Centre for Legal History Research (http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/research/groups/legalhistory/) is delighted to invite you to a special guest lecture by Richard Ireland (University of Aberystwyth) on “Dead Vermin and Wooden Horses”.
Richard will be exploring the use of “popular” (ie non-official) punishments in nineteenth-century Wales and Devon. He is a brilliant legal historian and immensely entertaining speaker. If you are thinking about taking legal history as an option next year or would just like to learn more about this fascinating topic, do join us!. Full details|| Add event|
|22 November 2017||13:00||Sue Prince will deliver a talk on ‘Fine words butter no parsnips’: Can the principle of open justice survive the introduction of an online court?
Many jurisdictions are embracing technology as a potential gatekeeper for new court processes. In order to encourage less reliance on legal aid and free up judicial resource, policy makers are keen to embrace ‘online court’ solutions, and ‘digital by default’ approaches to resolving legal problems. In British Columbia, Canada, for example, the online small claims process has replaced the court building with an end-to-end pathway-style online process which provides legal advice, mediation, and access to an online judge. In the UK, plans are afoot for all civil cases under £25,000 to be referred to an ‘Online Solutions Court’.
In the recent case of R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor (2017), Lord Reed said that the court is more than a service to the user and that access to the courts is not of value only to the particular individuals involved but is fundamental to the rule of law and society. The question is whether once the institution of the court is not a place or a building, how can we measure whether the service provided to litigants is fair? Will technology change the nature of the legal process so that the traditional vision of the court has to be amended or qualified?
This paper will consider whether the principle of open justice can be upheld effectively in this new technological environment. Open justice exists to protect the right of the public to be informed about what happens in the court; both through their ability to attend individual cases and the right of the media to be in the courtroom and to inform more broadly. Open justice has been upheld by the senior judiciary in significant historic cases such as Scott v Scott (1913) and R v Sussex Justices, ex p McCarthy (1924). Open justice is guaranteed as part of the a right to fair trial, such as in Article 6, European Convention on Human Rights: ‘…everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing…’. The question of openness is therefore essential to the design of the online court.. Full details|| Add event|
|22 November 2017||13:00||Professor Sue Prince presents, The online court and open justice. Full details|| Add event|
|10 November 2017||14:00||The future of EU-UK Civil Judicial Cooperation after Brexit. Full details|| Add event|
|8 November 2017||13:00||Blockchain and DLT in capital markets: risks, politics and regulation
Distributed ledger technology (DLT) has the potential to revolutionise securities trading and capital markets. DLT has been used to create virtual currencies (or crypto-currencies) such as Bitcoin and Ethereum and could create an alternative financial services system. It is an innovation that can facilitate peer-to-peer trades, bringing about a democratisation of financial services markets. Such a promise is based on the functionality of the DLT resulting in two changes: de-centralisation and dis-intermediation. To this end, the author investigates how DLT can be applied to the whole-life cycle of securities trade – listing (issuing), trading, clearing, and settlement – currently operated by financial market infrastructure (FMI) providers. The paper attempts to answer the following questions: will DLT bring bout the benefits it promises? Will de-centralisation increase market risks? Will dis-intermediation create more obstacles to securities trades? In particular, the author will assess the securities trading on DLT against systemic risk, market conduct risk, and operational risk to the capital market and consider the appropriate regulatory framework to enhance market integrity, operational safety and investor protection.
Key words: DLT, blockchain, capital markets, investor protection, market safety, cyber security, RegTech, Fintech. Full details|| Add event|
|25 October 2017||13:30||The Challenges of Enduring Love and the Shackleton Project
Whilst the secret of everlasting love has up until now proved elusive, this alumna-funded empirical research project was set up to consider how the incidence of relationship breakdown could be reduced through better understanding of the ingredients of successful long-lasting relationships alongside the what we know about the common causes of divorce.
Using an analytical framework developed from Gottman’s sound relationship house, this project is seeking to understand whether this applies in and beyond marriage. In its last phase, it is seeking to work with school students on how any findings emerging from the project can be engagingly disseminated to older children through an app or game. The paper will also explore the data collection methods adopted and also engage with the challenges of working with untraditional research funding and an interdisciplinary research agenda.. Full details|| Add event|
|23 October 2017||17:00||Transnational conflicts- are they new types of armed conflicts? Do they require novel regulation or the existing international humanitarian law is sufficient?. Full details|| Add event|
|20 October 2017||12:00||Internal research seminar. Full details|| Add event|
|11 October 2017||13:00||Presumed married?
Last week the newspapers reported the case of the billionaire property developer seeking to establish that he was never married to the woman he had held out as his wife for 14 years. Counsel for the wife argued that she was ‘entitled to rely on the presumption of marriage and the facts that the parties presented to the world for the totality of the period between 2002 and their separation.’ But how should the court deal with disputes as to whether a marriage ceremony complied with the requirements laid down by law, or even as to whether it took place at all?
The conventional answer is that there is a presumption in favour of the validity of a marriage: if there is evidence of a ceremony, it will be presumed that that ceremony was duly performed, while in the absence of direct evidence of any ceremony, the fact that a couple have lived together and been reputed to be married will raise a presumption that they have in fact gone through a valid ceremony of marriage at some point. Yet both the academic literature and judicial decisions display considerable confusion as to precisely what is being presumed, when, and why.
In order to chart a route through what has been described as ‘an impenetrable morass’ of case-law, it is necessary to examine the way in which these presumptions have evolved. In the case law of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries there was no single presumption in favour of marriage but rather a range of different approaches depending on the context of the case. Cohabitation and reputation might provide a defence to a suit for jactitation, confirmation of the marriage in a suit for restitution of conjugal rights, or a reason for caution in annulling a marriage. Evidence that long-deceased parties had lived together and been reputed to be married would be regarded as good evidence that there had been a ceremony for the purposes of establishing a right to administration of an estate, but would have to be weighed against any competing evidence. In the common law courts cohabitation and reputation would be accepted as sufficient evidence of a marriage for their purposes, without impinging on the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical courts to decide what was and was not valid.
In the early years of the nineteenth century these different strands became entwined as jurisdiction over the validity of marriages passed from the ecclesiastical courts to the common law courts and a more rigid doctrine of precedent emerged. The presumption began to be stated in more positive terms, and the House of Lords in Piers v Piers held that it could only be rebutted by clear and positive evidence. It began to be taken for granted that there was a rule that cohabitation and reputation gave rise to a presumption in favour of marriage, and in a number of cases courts seem to have attached more weight to the desirability of the marriage having taken place than to the plausibility of this explanation. During the twentieth century there was relatively little need to invoke the presumption, but it was rediscovered in CAO v Bath in order to confer recognition on a long-standing union where it was unclear whether the requisite formalities had been observed.
So the presumption has been used for a variety of different purposes at different times, but what should its role be in the very different conditions of the twenty-first century? Should it merely be an evidential starting point, to be rebutted by clear evidence that there was no marriage, or that the only ceremony did not constitute a legally binding ceremony? Or should it be deployed to prevent individuals disclaiming their marriage and the obligations that go with marital status?. Full details|| Add event|
|20 March 2017||16:30||The International Law Forum at Exeter Law School are pleased to invite you to a seminar on:
THE CHALLENGES IN APPLYING IHL IN INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIALS - A CASE STUDY OF THE DENIAL OF HUMANITARIAN ACCESS DURING ARMED CONFLICTS. Full details|| Add event|
|15 March 2017||16:30||We have the pleasure to host Professor Steve Peers (University of Essex) for the CELS annual Lasok Lecture. Prof. Peers is well-known for his comments on the current relation of the UK to the EU following the Brexit vote. His lecture is on the topic "Brexit and Human Rights", addressing such questions as:
What effect will Brexit have on the protection of human rights in the UK?
Will there be any change relating to equality law, workers' rights and data protection rights?
What might change regarding human rights and extradition?. Full details|| Add event|
|6 March 2017||14:00||We have the pleasure to host Prof. Rupprecht Podszun (University of Düsseldorf), holder of the Chair for Civil Law, German and European Competition Law at Düsseldorf, where he moved to last year from the University of Bayreuth, and an affiliated research fellow of Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. His research focus is on media and IT cases, as well as the interplay of intellectual property and competition law. Full details|| Add event|
|1 March 2017||14:00||We are delighted to host two external speakers in the research seminar series of the Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law in the Law School. Jonathan Sacher, (Partner in Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP) will talk about the London (and International) Insurance and Reinsurance Market while Roman Khodykin, (Partner in Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Visiting Professor, Clare College Cambridge University) will be speaking on International Arbitration (UK and Russian perspectives). Full details|| Add event|
|2 February 2017||17:30||The Exeter Brexit Lecture sees three law alumni, one based in Frankfurt and two based in London, returning to campus to give their perspective on the implications of Brexit for their industry.. Full details|| Add event|
|20 January 2017||14:00||An afternoon to experience and learn more about what Social Sciences and International Studies Postgraduate Research in Exeter can offer. Full details|| Add event|
|5 December 2016||14:00||Prof. Hans-Petter Graver, University of Oslo, Faculty of Law and University of Durham, Institute of Advanced Studies. Full details|| Add event|
|30 November 2016||17:30||A seminar on the legal framework applicable to military activities in outer space by Wing Commander John Ward (RAF). Full details|| Add event|
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|16 November 2016||14:00||Air power has become integral to the warfighting capability of the British armed forces. According to the UK’s Air and Space Doctrine, air power not only harbours significant strategic potential in its own right, but acts as a ‘force multiplier by enabling and enhancing other military and non-military effects’.. Full details|| Add event|
|15 November 2016||18:30||Join the new group for a night of negotiation followed by a meet and greet at the Ram.. Full details|| Add event|
|14 November 2016||18:00||Delivered by Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand as part of the Hamlyn Lecture Series. Full details|| Add event|
|28 October 2016||11:00|| Full details|| Add event|
|17 October 2016||17:30||Building on their practical experience in the field, the speakers will share their impressions and knowledge of the current situation of refugees in Lesbos with the support of photographs taken during several visits to this detention camp. Full details|| Add event|
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|23 - 24 June 2016|| Full details|| Add event|
|21 - 23 June 2016||A conference convened by the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War and the University of Exeter. Full details|| Add event|
|28 April 2016||17:00||21st Century European Civil Justice; Looking for the view from the Hedgehogs. Full details|| Add event|
|9 March 2016||15:00||Exeter Law Research Seminar Speaker Dr Mark Hyland, University of Bangor. Full details|| Add event|
|25 February 2016||15:00||Professor Zhixiong Huang of the University of Wuhan (China) will deliver a paper at the research seminar in Peter Chalk 2.3, next Thursday 25 Feb, 3pm. Full details|| Add event|
|3 February 2016||15:00||Law School Research Seminar. Speaker Miss Christina Walton. Full details|| Add event|
|2 December 2015||15:00||Exeter Law School Research Seminar: Done without doing- reconciling corporate responsibility theory and practice, Speaker Dr Luke Price. Full details|| Add event|
|25 November 2015||15:00||The School of Law of the University of Exeter organises research seminar series. The seminars are open to staff, researchers, postgraduate students and the university’s stakeholders. The aims of the seminar series are to stimulate intellectual discussion, provoke thoughts, engage in the debate of current issues, and disseminate research findings. Exeter Law School research seminar series is convened by Dr Joseph Lee, Senior Lecturer in Law. If you are interested in attending any of the seminars, please contact Dr Joseph Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full details|| Add event|
|4 November 2015||15:00||The School of Law of the University of Exeter organises research seminar series. The seminars are open to staff, researchers, postgraduate students and the university’s stakeholders. The aims of the seminar series are to stimulate intellectual discussion, provoke thoughts, engage in the debate of current issues, and disseminate research findings. Exeter Law School research seminar series is convened by Dr Joseph Lee, Senior Lecturer in Law. If you are interested in attending any of the seminars, please contact Dr Joseph Lee at email@example.com. Full details|| Add event|
|21 October 2015||15:00||Academic Research Seminar, Speaker Dr Nathan Tamblyn, Exeter Law School. Full details|| Add event|
|4 - 5 June 2015||Complementing the current Leverhulme funded project ‘Law and Arms: the Medieval English Court of Chivalry’, this symposium aims to bring together scholars and those from beyond the academic community interested in broadening this under-researched field. Full details|| Add event|
|29 April 2015||17:00||This year’s Lasok lecture will be given by Professor Norbert Reich and is entitled "EU Citizenship - Progressive Concept or Regressive Failure?”. Full details|| Add event|
|25 March 2015||11:00||He has recently completed his DPhil in Oxford, on the topic of 'International Law and the Procedural Regulation of Internment in Non-International Armed Conflict'.
He was previously a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Public International Law for the Law Faculty in Oxford and a Stipendiary Lecturer and Director of Studies in Law at Merton College, for which he taught the undergraduate course in trusts law. Other previous positions include British Research Council Fellow at the John W Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington DC, Convenor of the Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group, and Treasurer & Member of the Executive Committee of Oxford Pro Bono Publico. Lawrence's research interests cut across a number of topics within public international law, and his recent work has focused on international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international criminal law. He is especially interested in the relationship of these different areas to general international law. He is currently finalising a monograph entitled Detention in Non-International Armed Conflict to be published in 2015 by Oxford University Press.. Full details|| Add event|
|5 March 2015||16:00||This talk forms part of an on-going seminar series entitled 'Axis of Protection: Human Rights in International Law'. This series is jointly convened by the Universities of Exeter, Oxford and Reading. It provides an opportunity for scholars to engage in discussion of contemporary and challenging issues concerning the protection of human rights in international law, with emphasis on human rights law, international humanitarian law and international refugee law. At each meeting, a paper is presented for 30-40 minutes, followed by a formal response and discussion. Meetings alternate each term between the three host institutions. Seminars are open to staff and students of the participating universities. Recent speakers include Professor Malcolm Evans (Bristol), Emanuela Gillard (ELAC, Oxford), Dr Jure Vidmar (Oxford), Professor Susan Breau (Reading) and Professor Michael Schmitt (Exeter and US Naval War College). The convenors of the series are Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne and Ruvi Ziegler (Reading), Kubo Mačák (Exeter) and Janina Dill (Oxford). Full details|| Add event|
|2 March 2015||15:00||Exeter Research Seminar Speaker Prof Amandine Garde, University of Liverpool. Full details|| Add event|
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|8 November 2013||14:00||In celebration of 90 years of first class legal education at the University of Exeter, this event will feature an afternoon of activities showcasing the breadth of research, education and student engagement activities in the Law School, followed by a guest lecture delivered by Supreme Court Justice, Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony. Full details|| Add event|
|10 - 11 May 2013||On Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May the SSIS Annual Postgraduate Research Conference will be held. The event will bring PGR students from across the college together to discuss their current research. Full details|| Add event|
|9 May 2013||13:30||The Annual College of Social Sciences and International Studies Research Methods Festival has been designed to complement the PGR research seminar training sessions which take place across the academic year. The event aims to introduce delegates to a range of contemporary research projects and methodological issues and to allow students further exploration and discussion of research related issues. Our keynote speaker for the event will be Professor Gaby Weiner, who will be speaking about her recently published text: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Lives. The event will end with a mock viva, which will enable students an insight into this process of examination. A drinks reception will also be held after this session. Full details|| Add event|
|15 April 2013||11:00||This seminar will be of particular interest to students studying human rights, general public international law, forced displacement and international development. Jason Tucker is a noted scholar in the field of statelessness and international development. Full details|| Add event|
|27 March 2013||11:00||This seminar has been put together at a timely juncture to interrogate the changing landscapes of property and law within legislation, within buildings, within history, within configurations of space and time, and to highlight the importance of questioning the shaky scaffolding of property rights as a whole.. Full details|| Add event|
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|11 March 2013||This presentation will describe the process that led to the preparation of the "Tallinn Manual" by 20 distinguished international law scholars and practitioners between 2009 and 2013. The project was sponsored by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence, based in Tallinn, Estonia. Professor Schmitt, who served as Project Director, will also discuss those issues that caused the International Group of Experts particular problems with respect to applying the law of armed conflict to cyber operations. Full details|| Add event|
|19 February 2013||15:15||A lecture about the law of privacy given by Hector L MacQueen, Professor of Private Law, Edinburgh Law School. Full details|| Add event|
|18 February 2013||19:00|| Full details|| Add event|
|9 February 2013||Colleagues from the University of Exeter will be attending the EU Studies Fair next month in Brussels. Full details|| Add event|
|29 November 2012||18:00||In November the Law School will welcome the Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP to deliver the Bracton Law Lecture. Full details|| Add event|
|13 November 2012||18:15||The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP will deliver the second of the 2012 Hamlyn Lecture series on the Human Rights Act and Europe. Full details|| Add event|
|10 October 2012||15:00||Professor Richard Bellamy is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the European Institute, University College London; Visiting Fellow, University of Exeter. Full details|| Add event|
|25 May 2012||17:00||Professor Allan Rosas, Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union will give the 2012 Lasok Lecture. Full details|| Add event|
|19 January 2012||17:30||A lecture by Professor Graham Greenleaf, University of New South Wales, Australia. With free food and wine reception afterwards. Full details|| Add event|