News from the School of Law 2010
Professor George Walker has been awarded the Leverhulme Fellowship for two years, commencing October 2011.
PEDEC workshopScholars, activists and practitioners met at Queen Mary, University of London on 15 December under the auspices of the PEDEC Research Network at a workshop to discuss the implications of the current economic downturn for the promotion of equality and diversity.
The British Council Spain has an agreement with the University Complutense and the Autonomous Government of Madrid to invite a British academic to come each year to occupy what is known as the "Chair of Gender Studies". This means that the visiting academic gives one lecture on an area related to Gender Studies to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology at the University.
Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas participated in the conference 'Energy Law Futures: Markets, Environment and Security?' at the Centre for European Legal Studies of Cambridge University, in partnership with the Energy Law Research Forum.
Dr Leonidas K Cheliotis has guest-edited a high-profile special issue (volume 10, issue 4) of Criminology & Criminal Justice, the official journal of the British Society of Criminology, on ‘Neoliberalism and Penality: Reflections on the Work of Loïc Wacquant’.
Dr Prakash Shah, Queen Mary, University of London presented “Muslim Women and Marriage in Trans-jurisdictional Contexts” at the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging in the University of East London on 24 November 2010.
The good, the bad and the ugly terms of Cloud Computing
23 November 2010
A survey of 31 Cloud computing contracts from 27 different providers has found that many include clauses that could have a significant impact, often negative, on the rights and interests of customers. The survey formed part of the Cloud Legal Project at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), within the School of Law at Queen Mary, University of London.
Professor Loukas Mistelis is Director of the School of International Arbitration in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS). His lecture topic was "The Many Faces of International Arbitration".
Professor Peter Alldridge gives advice to those considering to study for their LLM, saying that students should choose carefully based on their own needs.
Queen Mary, University of London was represented by two teams in the new East London and Surrounds Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition at Stratford Magistrates Court on Wednesday 17 November 2010.
Major research project into Peace Process launched
17 November 2010
A major new project dealing with conflict and the peace process was launched on Friday 12 November at a packed event in Dundalk Institute of Technology.
New papers in the Queen Mary, Law Working Papers series
12 November 2010
New working papers are now available in the Queen Mary, University of London's Legal Scholarship Network - Legal Studies Research Paper Series Vol. 2, No. 6: September 30, 2010
A new breed of class actions are being positioned as a supplement to the current system: instead of people having to 'opt in' to the action, everyone affected will be deemed included unless they actively 'opt out'.
Law students in the Queen Mary Student Pro Bono Group have raised nearly £2,800, for the Whitechapel Mission.
New legislation being introduced will make it an offence for British companies and their employees to be involved in any kind of bribery, which occurred during the Commonwealth Games earlier in the year.
Experts say that extremist religious material is unlikely to be removed from websites in the US because of the First Amendment to the constitution that protects free speech.
Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas Valsamis Mitsilegas participated in the Frontex Capacity Building Stakeholders Conference which took place in Warsaw on 28-29 October 2010.
On 3 November 2010, the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, held a conference to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The conference examined the first year of the UK Supreme Court and, more broadly, key developments in English law.
Dr Leonidas K Cheliotis has been elected to a Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for Criminology, Faculty of Law, Oxford University, starting in January 2011.
Dr Sejal Parmar spoke at Genocide Denial Conference
28 October 2010
Dr Sejal Parmer, Visiting Lecturer in Human Rights at Queen Mary, spoke at the Genocide Denial Conference on 23-24 September at the University of Leicester.
New Edition of Blackstone's Criminal Practice
28 October 2010
A new edition of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice was released on 14 October 2010. This is one of the leading practitioner manuals in criminal justice and is co-edited by Professor David Ormerod with Rt Hon Lord Justice Hooper.
Maher Dabbah’s new book, International and Comparative Competition Law has been published by Cambridge University Press.
Dr Leonidas K Cheliotis will give a guest lecture entitled 'The Psychopolitics of Crime Control under Neoliberal Capitalism: A Frommian View' at the Institute of Criminology, School of Law, University College Dublin, on 28 October 2010.
The event featured a panel discussion about the potential repercussions of the US Supreme Court’s decision in the Holder vs Humanitarian Law Project case. Professor Eric Heinze was on the panel, which included longstanding human rights activist, Bianca Jagger.
International Tax Law lectures by Dr Christiana HJI Panayi
26 October 2010
- 27 October 2010 at the Centre of European Legal Studies, Cambridge University, UK
- 5 November 2010 at New York University, USA
- 10 November 2010 at Boston College, USA
Dr Cheliotis already sits on the editorial board of the journal. Published jointly by Sage Publications and the European Society of Criminology, the European Journal of Criminology is the prime European source for authoritative information on crime and criminal justice issues.
Jonathan Griffiths, who specialises in intellectual property law at the Queen Mary, University of London, is participating in a discussion on Copyrights and Wrongs at the British Society on 27 October.
Dr Prakash Shah and Dr Derya Bayir (a former doctoral student at Queen Mary) have completed the fieldwork stage of a project investigating the Socio-legal Adaptation of British Immigrants in Turkey, funded by the Nuffield Foundation (£8,000) and the British Institute in Ankara (£1,000).
Georgina Tsagas, Noriswadi Ismail and Yonit Manor Percival are to present their papers in Barcelona, Spain.
Dr Prakash Shah is to present a lecture on "Muslim women and marriage in trans-jurisdictional contexts" at the Joint Seminar Series organised by the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, and Department of Development Studies, on 20 October 2010 in SOAS Room G51, 5-7 pm.
This week sees the results of a major survey on international arbitration by the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary, University of London, sponsored by global law firm White & Case LLP.
Anniversary seminar for the Supreme Court
4 October 2010
Professor Andrew Le Sueur and Professor Kate Malleson were invited by the Supreme Court to organise a seminar to mark the first year of the work of the Supreme Court.
Sue Sullivan, LLM programme coordinator will be attending the LLM law forum at the QS World Grad Tour in Paris and Milan and Professor Loukas Mistelis, Professor of Transnational Commercial Law and Arbitration will be at e-fellows net LLM Day in Frankfurt.
Dr Julia Hörnle, Senior Lecturer in Internet Law at Queen Mary, University of London, is to take part in discussions on Mobile phones: "Gambling and gaming: prison or a safe bet?" at the Society for Computers and Law event on 30 September 2010.
Professor Eric Heinze's presented his paper 'Plato on Freedom and Citizenship' at the Annual Conference of the United Kingdom Section of the Internationale Vereinigung für Rechtsphilosophie (IVR) at the University of Birmingham on 21-22 September 2010.
Dr Leonidas Cheliotis is Lecturer in Criminology and Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary, University of London.
Obituary for Lord Bingham, former chair of CCLS advisory council
16 September 2010
Lord Bingham of Cornhill died on 11 September 2010 at the age of 76. He is widely recognized as one of the top judges since the beginning of the twentieth century.
Professor Heinze comments on the Pope's forthcoming visit to Britain and Ann Widdecombe's defensive remarks on the Church.
Some of the world’s most senior judges are unqualified with little experience because of politicised voting systems and a lack of transparency.
Following the publication of his book, Governing Social Inclusion: Europeanization through Policy Coordination (Oxford UP, 2010), Professor Armstrong will be presenting some of his findings at a conference organised by the Belgian Presidency of the EU on the future of EU social policy coordination.
Law Graduation Summer 2010
19 August 2010
Dr Tom O'Shea gave a talk for Her Majesty's Customs and Revenue (HMRC) in Manchester on Thursday 19 August 2010. It was entitled - " Lisbon Treaty Update and Recent ECJ Cases".
Obituary for Stuart Andrews
16 August 2010
Stuart Andrews, teacher of Medical Law and Ethics at Queen Mary, University of London, died suddenly on Wednesday 28 July 2010.
Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas met in Taiwan with other young leaders from Taiwan, Africa, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere to discuss issues of general concern in today’s globalised world.
Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas delivered two speeches and was the speaker responsible for the closing ceremony at an international conference organized by the Center for Jurisprudence Research, Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin Province, China.
Dr Christiana HJI Panayi to give a lecture on 'The cross-border movement of companies and EU tax law – recent developments' at Cambridge University on 27 October 2010.
Professor Richard Ashcroft responds to comments made by health secretary Andrew Lansley, who says the general public should be more responsible for their general health.
Professor Ian Walden and Noam Shemtov have been awarded a gift of £47,500 by Microsoft Corporation to conduct research on Open Source Software licenses.
Dr Leonidas Cheliotis ‘Manila: Scales of Justice’
27 July 2010
New Bilibid prison in Manila is the home of the 100-member Bureau of Corrections Grand Orchestra and Chorale—made up of convicted thieves, kidnappers, and murderers.
Gavin Sutter ‘Where to now for English Libel Law?’
27 July 2010
Gavin Sutter, lecturer in Media Law at Queen Mary, comments on The Defamation Bill which is due to go before the committee approval in the House of Lords.
Law Summer Graduation Day 2010
16 July 2010
Congratulations to all who graduated from the School of Law at Queen Mary, University of London this summer. Law students were awarded their degrees at the graduation ceremony held on 15 July 2010 in the Queens Building.
Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas took part in a Workshop on Transatlantic Security, Data Sharing and Privacy Protection, organised by the Atlantic Council at Washington DC on 9 July 2010.
Professor Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law at Queen Mary, was amongst speakers at the Public Service Events' Information Governance conference.
A paper given by Professor Kate Malleson at the International Political Science Association conference in Bologna on 21-23 June 2010 was reported in the Israeli media.
Dr Ann Mumford was invited to speak at Warwick Business School. She discussed the importance of inter-disciplinary research in tax law, before an audience consisting of Warwick Business School staff and early career tax academics.
LLM and PhD students focusing on International Law can now publish articles in the "International Community Law Review", which aims to explore the implications of various traditions of international law, as well as more current perceived hegemonic trends for the idea of an international community.
Governments the world over must do more to safeguard internet shoppers from ‘rogue’ traders and their online scams, a new study from Queen Mary, University of London suggests.
The Department of Law at Queen Mary, University of London, has started a new book series called 'Queen Mary Studies in International Law'.
Noriswadi Ismail, a current PhD candidate at the Institute of Computer and Communications Laws, CCLS, School of Law will conduct a one day masterclass workshop on "Data Protection and Privacy Law: Strategic Implementation for Organisations" on 29 June 2010.
New papers in our Working Papers series
14 June 2010
New working papers are now available in the Queen Mary, University of London's Legal Scholarship Network - Legal Studies Research Paper Series:
Professor Eric Heinze discusses international law and the world’s perception of Israel through the media lens.
Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas' latest book examines international trade and investment law at various levels of governance, including unilateral, bilateral, regional, and multilateral arrangements.
Professor Eric Heinze to deliver the keynote speech "Rights Consciousness and the Mass Media” at the 2010 Westminster Graduate Conference on 11 June 2010.
Anand Ramlogan (Law 1994) has been appointed and sworn-in as a Senator and the new Attorney General to the parliament of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.
Queen Mary, University of London’s School of Law has been ranked first in London and third nationwide in The Guardian’s annual university guide.
Dr Jill MarshallOn 27 May 2010, Dr Jill Marshall provided an expert opinion to the Council of Europe Committee for Equal Opportunities between women and men.
Mrs Leatile Dambe has been appointed as a High Court Judge in Botswana, Africa. Mrs Dambe holds a Master of Laws (LLM) specialising in banking and finance law from Queen Mary, University of London.
Dr Prakash Shah is organising a workshop on Legal Practice and Accommodation in Multicultural Europe together with Professor Marie-Claire Foblets (Catholic University Leuven) at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL), Onati, Basque Country, Spain.
Dr Prakash Shah will be presenting a lecture on 'Muslims in the West: Legal and Social Concerns' at a course for German diplomats titled: Muslim Contexts: Perspectives & Challenges at the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, 8-9 June 2010.
Professor Geraldine Van Bueren gives an insight to the legal profession in South Africa for lawyers potentially visiting the country for the World Cup.
Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas was invited to speak on 25 May 2010 at the law school of the prestigious Sciences Po in Paris about the dangers of the current proliferation of regional trade agreements for the multilateral trading system. For further information see sciences-po.eu
Latif Tas a current PhD student at the School of Law presented a paper on 'Kurds in the UK: Legal Pluralism and Dispute Resolution in the Diaspora' at a recent seminar at Leicester University on 14 May 2010.
A major survey on international arbitration by the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary, University of London, sponsored by global law firm White & Case, is canvassing the views of in-house counsel in key markets worldwide.
Angie Raymond delivered a paper at the one-day Conference entitled 'The World Bank and the Modern Law Review Conference on International Legal Standards on Secured Transactions, Facilitation of Credit and Financial Crisis' on 14 May 2010.
Politicians who advocate patients taking greater control of their own healthcare fail to understand what really motivates people, says a bio-ethics expert at Queen Mary, University of London.
Published jointly by Sage Publications and the European Society of Criminology, the European Journal of Criminology is the prime European source for authoritative information on crime and criminal justice issues.
Professor MitsilegasAt the invitation of the President of Eurojust, Mr Aled Williams, Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas addressed the College of Eurojust on 28 April. The session formed part of the activities of the Task Force on the Future of Eurojust, whose purpose is to reflect on the future development of Eurojust under the Lisbon Treaty and the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Eurojust is a judicial cooperation body created to help provide safety within an area of freedom, security and justice.
Professor Ian Walden will speak on “Cloud computing and the effective governance of information” at the Information, Governance, Risk and Compliance conference on Thursday 20 May 2010 at the Barbican Centre, London.
The Law Department has been successful in its joint AHRC bid with Queen Mary colleagues from the Department of Geography and the School of Business and Management for a two year award to set up a Research Network on Promoting Equality and Diversity Through Economic Crisis.
Intellectual Property Institute joins Queen Mary
10 May 2010
Queen Mary, University of London has entered a landmark agreement with the Intellectual Property Institute (IPI). The IPI now operates from the School of Law's Centre for Commercial Law Studies, in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, in collaboration with the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Institute (QMIPRI).
Dr Prakash Shah is to present his paper "Trans-jurisdictional marriage and family reunification for refugees in the United Kingdom" at the Conference on Contemporary Developments Concerning Refugees and Displaced Persons on 8 May 2010 in Istanbul.
This lecture will be delivered by psychoanalyst, literary and cultural critic and novelist Professor Julia Kristeva. The lecture is entitled The forces of Monotheism.
Airline passenger records raise significant issues with privacy laws. Information on European travellers is passed to authorities in the US if they are flying there; although some are concerned this information will be mis-managed.
The proceedings from the Modern Law Review seminar on Extraterritorial Immigration Control have now been published as a book titled ‘Extraterritorial Immigration Control – Legal Challenges’.
Professor Rosa Lastra and Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas have been invited to speak at the Tenth Annual World Trade Organisation Conference on 19-20 May 2010.
You can now view contributions from the Legal Scholarship Network at Queen Mary, University of London on our new Working Papers Series page.
Dr Maher Dabbah addressed representative of various governments from the developing world, practitioners, representatives of international organisations and regulators on "Can competition law play a role in eradicating extreme poverty" at a high level event held at the law firm Simmons & Simmons on 21 April 2010.
More companies than ever use arbitration for conflict-resolution Professor Loukas Mistelis, of Queen Mary, University of London explains why in the FT.
Proposed class actions for financial services claims
16 April 2010
Professor Rachael Mulheron, of the School of Law, comments on the withdrawal of the proposed class actions for financial services claims: The recent demise of the proposed collective (class) actions regime for financial services claims was an important consequence of the legislative ‘wash-up’ which followed the announcement, on 6 April, of the general election.
The Field Fisher Waterhouse Prize is an annual prize for Student Advisers in the School of Law’s Legal Advice Centre (LAC).
Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas is invited to speak at the 6th Asian Law Institute conference to be held at the International Islamic University, Malaysia, on 25 and 26 May 2010.
Queen Mary wins Attorney General Award
6 April 2010
The Legal Advice Centre at Queen Mary, University of London won at the Attorney General Student Awards at the House of Lords on Tuesday 30 March.
Professor Ormerod joins Law Commission
6 April 2010
A top legal academic at Queen Mary, University of London has been appointed a Law Commissioner by the Secretary of State for Justice.
The School of Law's annual Butterworth Lecture on Law and Society was held on 23 March 2010. The guest speaker was Shami Chakrabarti a leading civil liberties campaigner and lawyer.
Professor Richard Nobles and Professor David Schiff will be jointly chairing a session at the Council for European Studies Seventeenth International Conference, Montreal, Canada, 15-17 April 2010.
George Hinde Moot Final 2010
29 March 2010
The grand final of Queen Mary's undergraduate internal mooting competition, The George Hinde Moot, was held on Thursday 25 March 2010 in the Octagon.
Following the appointment of Sir John Dyson to the Supreme Court, the Equal Justices Initiative (EJI) today expressed disappointment at the missed opportunity to appoint a second woman to the Court.
A report has revealed that 22,000 children exposed to cigarette smoke seek medical attention for asthma or wheezing every year. The first UK report into passive smoking has urged doctors to call for an extension to the smoking ban to include additional public spaces such as cars, playgrounds and parks.
The Legal Research Conference “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” was held in the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) on 19 March 2010. The conference was initiated and organised by Burcu Kılıç, Marc D Mimler, Martin A Kuppers and Gaetano Dimita, current PhD students at the School of Law at Queen Mary, University of London.
Professor Peter Alldridge, financial crime specialist and Head of the Department of Law, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Law in Action’ programme on Tuesday 9 March 2010.
Chatroulette.com has become a global internet sensation but it poses risks to users and is proving to be challenging for law enforcers. The site connects users to millions of other strangers around the world via video chat forums, although a large number of them are exposing themselves.
Professor Heinze wrote a comment piece about science and religion in the media. He said: “The usual question is: 'Are they compatible?' In its challenges both to religious dogma and to strict empiricism, the Greek legacy of metaphysical thought underscores the shortcomings of both. It offers further grounds for questioning orthodoxies, both scientific and religious.”
Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas has been selected to take part in the Lord Mayor's business delegation to reinforce commercial ties between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UK. The main purpose of the visit is to foster ties between the two nations and identify opportunities for them to work together in order to open up financial markets in the Gulf.
Queen Mary MSc Law and Finance student wins essay contest
25 February 2010
Nana Esi Atsem, a current student on the MSc Law and Finance programme won the $7,500 prize in an essay contest on banking regulation.
Along with representatives from the European Commission, the US mission to the EU, and Luc van den Brande, outgoing President of the Committee of the Regions, Angie Raymond, Co-LLM Director will be speaking on "Comparing business environments in Europe, the US and Asia", as part of the 11th EU Studies Fair Seminar, Brussels, Friday 12 February.
The programme project, RELIGARE, includes 13 partner institutions in 11 EU countries and Turkey, with leading experts in law, sociology and anthropology.
Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas' new book published
9 February 2010
International Trade and Investment Law: Multilateral, Regional and Bilateral Governance [PDF 166kb] (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010), 350 pages; ISBN-13: 978 1 84980 319 9.
The proceedings, held on 2 February 2010, dealt with the European Commission's anti-cartel enforcement. They were designed to explore ways in which deterrence and efficiency can be enhanced in cartel investigations.
Funding success for "Access to Justice" research project
3 February 2010
Professor Takis Tridimas and Dr Gabriel Gari were awarded a grant from the Nuffield Foundation to carry out a statistical analysis of the case law of the European Court of Justice on judicial review.
£120,745 awarded for 'Beyond Text' research project
3 February 2010
Professor Uma Suthersanen has been awarded a grant of £120,745.00 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Small Grants (Beyond Text) Scheme.
CCLS at the Supreme Court
1 February 2010
On 27 January 2010, the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom delivered one of its most important judgments so far. In A v HM Treasury  UKSC 2 the Court held that the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 and the Al-Qaida and Taliban (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 were unlawful on the ground that they did not give the affected persons an effective remedy against their designation by the United Nations Sanctions Committee as suspected terrorists.
Professor David Ormerod delivered a lecture for 6 King’s Bench Walk at the Reform Club on “The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and the Policing and Crime Act 2009”
Queen Mary alumnus named a Lord Justice of Appeal
21 January 2010
One of the first law graduates at Queen Mary, University of London has just been appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal by Her Majesty, the Queen.
Professor David Ormerod delivered a paper to the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee in Parliament on the use of polygraph and lie detector evidence in criminal trials.
Equal Justices Initiative Launched
19 January 2010
Professor Kate Malleson and Professor Lizzie Barmes, together with a group of colleagues in academia and legal practice, have launched a new initiative to promote the equal participation of men and women in the judiciary.
Kate Malleson, Andrew Le Sueur and David Ormerod have been elected as Benchers of Middle Temple.
External Mooting Success for Queen Mary mooting team
11 January 2010
The Queen Mary undergraduate mooting team demonstrated their excellent mooting skills in the autumn term 2009.
Law Winter Graduation 2009
6 January 2010
Congratulations to the Class of 2009 who graduated from the School of Law at Queen Mary, University of London in December 2009.
LLM alumni photos on Facebook
5 January 2010
Bursaries announced for MSc in Law and Finance
5 January 2010
CCLS students will continue to benefit from a fully-paid NICLAS summer school in Vienna and Budapest thanks to Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas who successfully negotiated a three-year agreement for Queen Mary, University of London.
Dr Kern Alexander co-authored a commissioned report by the European Parliament entitled 'Clearing and Settlement in the EU' that analyses the legal and regulatory framework of clearing and settling financial transactions in European financial markets and the need to control systemic risks.