Monday, 22 May 2017

LawPORT: open-access training resources from IALS Library


Launched today, LawPORT (Law Postgraduate Online Research Training) is a collection of free-to-use online training resources designed to improve the information literacy skills of law PhD students. The tutorials have been created by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library to support researchers across the UK with public international law research and the use of OSCOLA.

Although targeted at PhD students, these online tutorials are likely to be useful to students studying at all levels - particularly the one on OSCOLA.

The three training resources are:



Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Law in Action - interview with governor of HMP Edinburgh

I've previously flagged up Law in Action, and it's worth subscribing to podcasts from the series. 

Rather belatedly I've recently listened to the last episode from the most recent series entitled 'Joshua Goes to Prison' in which the presenter, Joshua Rozenburg visits Edinburgh Prison and speaks to the governor, Caroline Johnston about how she and her staff are managing the challenges of operating a prison in the 21st century. The prison is involved in some interesting initiatives, including employing a Throughcare Support Officer, a prison officer who works both inside and outside the prison itself. The officer's sole purpose is to work with short-term prisoners in the run up to release and focus on helping with issues relating to areas such as housing, employment prospects and addiction support. The officer then remains in contact post-release and continues to offer support.

Definitely worth a listen if you're a criminology student, and/or are interested in the penal system.

NB If you're a Birkbeck student, or member of staff and are reading this post after the episode has disappeared from BBC iplayer, then you can listen via our subscription to Box of Broadcasts National 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Ways of seeing law: What can art history tell lawyers about their discipline? The Coffin Annual Memorial Lecture 2017 at The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

The Coffin Annual Memorial Lecture 2017

Title: Ways of seeing law: What can art history tell lawyers about their discipline?

Date:  24 Apr 2017, 17:30  19:30

Venue:  Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Speaker: Professor Linda Mulcahy, Department of Law, London School of Economics

Chair: Professor Michelle O’Malley, Professor of the History of Art and Deputy Director, The Warburg Institute

Host: Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Lawyers love the word.  When we teach our students it is primarily through the lens of written judgments and textual analysis.  Engagements between law and  art tend to focus  on the ways in which authoritative legal texts facilitate the commodification of creativity or seek to impose discipline on the sensual realm.  This paper will focus on the implications of us moving beyond the law of art to the more complex territory of law and art.  In doing so it will explore the value of the image as a source of information about law and legal phenomena which is otherwise lacking or marginalised in the legal canon.

About the speaker:
Professor Mulcahy is professor of law at London School of Economics, where she is also the first Director of the LSE’s new PhD Academy. She is co-director of a Leverhulme Trust research project grant on 'Design and due process: facilitating participation in the justice system’ on the recent history of court design, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and with architect Emma Rowden; and of an Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award on oral history and legal biography, held in partnership with the British Library. Having gained qualifications in law, sociology and the history of art and architecture, Linda’s work has a strong interdisciplinary flavour. Her research focuses on disputes and their resolution and she has studied the socio-legal dynamics of disputes in a number of contexts including the car distribution industry, NHS, divorce, public sector complaints systems and judicial review. Her work often has an empirical focus and she has received a number of grants from the ESRC, AHRC, Department of Health, Nuffield Foundation and Lotteries Fund in support of her work.


This event will be followed by a reception


How to book: This event is free but those wishing to attend are asked to book in advance. Please book via the event page at: http://www.sas.ac.uk/events/event/8005

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

New videos from Westlaw - How can law students increase their chances of getting a training contract? / Securing a pupillage and commercial awareness

The people at Westlaw have produced two short videos, each less than 5 minutes long.
The first is entitled How can law students increase their chances of getting a training contract? In it, Sarah Henchoz, a partner at Allen & Overy offers some advice.
The second, Securing a pupillage and commercial awareness, sees Carl Troman of 4 New Square provide some tips.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Legal implications of Brexit - annotated links from Middle Temple

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The team at Middle Temple library have compiled a list of resources which link through to information regarding the UK's referendum and Brexit.
Sources include The Bar Council, Chambers, the Law Society, Law firms, UK Government & Parliament, the EU and a selection of blogs and news sources. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

New ebook collections from Elgar Online

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We have recently subscribed to two new ebook collections via the Elgar Online platform. These cover Human Rights and Public International Law. They are DRM free (which means that you won't encounter annoying restrictions on how much of the book you can print out or download).

Each book is available via the library catalogue, and so can be found there using an author, title or subject search. It is also possible to browse or search the collections by going to the publisher's web site

Thursday, 9 March 2017

IALS Public Lecture - The Future of Legislation: the impact of technology

I just wanted to give a heads up to the following for those of you who won't be in seminars/lectures when this takes place:

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, is pleased to announce the following public lecture:

Speaker:  Professor Richard Susskind OBE.

Title: The Future of Legislation: the impact of technology.

Date:  20 Mar 2017, 18:00 to 19:00.

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUESTED.  Please book your place via the event website at:   http://www.sas.ac.uk/events/event/7542 

Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service and, in particular, the way in which the IT and the Internet are changing the work of lawyers. He has worked on legal technology for over 30 years and has written many books, including The Future of the Professions, with Daniel Susskind, and advised on numerous government inquiries.

Organised in collaboration with the Statute Law Society.