Monday, 5 February 2018

Podcast - Get out of jail: time for prison reform

Picture of barbed wire
I'm a regular listener to Ed Miliband & Geoff Lloyd's 'Reasons to be Cheerful' podcast, and thought that this particular episode would be of interest to those studying criminology and/or the penal system. It comes in at just under an hour & a half, so not a quick listen, but it raises some interesting points. 

From the podcast's web site:

Hello! Our prison system is in crisis. Overcrowding, re-offending, self-harm and riots. What is to be done? Our guests tell us there is reason to think things can change for the better. Nils Oberg tells us how they do it so much better in Sweden, Vicky Pryce tells us what the economics teaches us, and former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer tells us how we can navigate the politics.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Family Law - from Jordan Publishing to Lexis Library

Following the acquisition of Jordan Publishing by LexisNexis UK, our online access to the following titles is now via LexisLibrary.

  • Child & Family Law Quarterly
  • Family Law Journal
  • Family Law Reports
To access the two journals, you can either search within the Journals tab, or use the Browse option. For the law reports, use the Cases tab where the same options are available.

Screen shot of LexisLibrary journals tab

Our access to the Jordan Publishing website is due to be switched off on Monday 18th December, but given that content is already available via LexisLibrary, this should not cause any problems. 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Hamlyn Lecture - Improving Statutes, Wednesday 15th November 6-7pm

This year's Hamlyn Lecture will be taking place next week at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. The timing will make it awkward for many Birkbeck students to attend but I thought that I'd flag it up as it looks like an interesting event.

Speaker: Professor Andrew Burrows, MA, BCL, LLM (Harvard), QC (Hon), FBA, DCL, Barrister and Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple, Professor of the Law of England and a  Fellow of All Souls, University of Oxford.

Chair: Elizabeth Gardiner, First Parliamentary Counsel

Lecture Description: How might we improve the quality of our statutes? In this lecture, and drawing on the experience of having been a Law Commissioner for England and Wales, a number of different avenues are explored. These include the style of statutory drafting, the role of Parliamentary Counsel, pre and post-legislative scrutiny, and the work of the Law Commission in respect of consolidation and statute law repeals. 

This lecture is free but advance booking is required.  All welcome.

Further information and booking:

Monday, 6 November 2017

New subscription to the Immigration practice area on Lexis Library

We now have access to the Immigration practice area within Lexis Library. This provides specialist content including:

  • Macdonald's Immigration Law & Practice
  • Fransman's British Nationality Law
  • Butterworths Immigration Law Service

To access, select the Immigration practice area from the drop down menu found at the top left of the Lexis Library home page. 

Screen shot of drop down menu for Lexis practice areas

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

What is life in prison really like? Ear Hustle provides an insight.

Picture of a fence and concertina wire
Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. 

The podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist. 

Each podcast covers a different topic, from the importance of getting a cell mate you’re compatible with, to serving time in solitary confinement, to what it’s like getting old in prison.

Not always an easy listen, but informative and a unique insight into the lives of prisoners. Highly recommended.

Not sure if it’s for you? A short introduction is available to listen to at:   

Monday, 2 October 2017

Welcome (back)

A warm welcome to new students studying here at Birkbeck, and a welcome back to returning students.

For new students we're offering introductory tours of the library until Saturday 21st October. These will run at 5.30pm from Monday - Friday, and at 1.15pm on Saturdays. There's no need to book, just come along to the date and time that suits you. Tours will last 20 minutes, giving you time to make it to lectures by 6pm.

We've been busy over the summer, and the 4th floor of the library now provides an additional 60 seats for those seeking a silent study environment (see below). 

Image of library fourth floor

For those of you who prefer to work in groups, or with some background noise, our popular group study room remains available on the 1st floor of the library. 

We look forward to answering any library-related questions you may have, and can be contacted via phone, online form, and Chat - as well as face-to-face. We're now staffed throughout our term time opening hours

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Employment Tribunal decisions now available online

Earlier this year, Employment Tribunal decisions were put online for the first time. Before this, to read a judgment you had to apply in writing to the Tribunals Service in Bury St Edmunds and enclose £10 to cover costs!

Selected decisions from before 2017 are available, though it's not clear if and when more decisions will be added retrospectively. Although ET decisions are not binding on subsequent cases they give an interesting insight into how tribunals deal with legal issues and often provide a detailed account of the facts of the case. 

Interesting both for those studying employment law, and for employees/employers everywhere!