Todays Events at IALS
IALS hosts a number of workshops, lectures and conferences. For todays listing, see todays events.
The Seventh Sir William Dale Annual Issue of the European Journal of Law Reform
The seventh Sir William Dale Annual Issue of the European Journal of Law Reform is a joint effort of Cherie Booth, QC and Professor Helen Xanthaki as co-editors to showcase the good work produced as a result of the framework of sustainable development aid offered to Rwanda. With membership of the Commonwealth in 2009, Rwanda stood on the verge of a unique transition from a civil law jurisdiction to a common law jurisdiction. The change of legal ethos, further complicated by a change to the working language of the government from French to English, has created enormous challenges for legislative drafters, far beyond those which are inherent in the efforts of all drafters to produce good legislation. In the midst of an ever louder debate on what constitutes legislative quality and how this can be achieved, Rwanda is not passive. The debate is lively, and very topical, in view of the transition to common law. It also clearly reflects the friction between traditionalists who are promoting drafting training on the job, and reformers who advocate structured academic and professional preparation for the drafting profession.
Daniel Greenberg in Myanmar
Daniel Greenberg, an IALS Associate Research Fellow, was in Myanmar recently representing the House of Commons at the invitation of the UNDP and the Office of the Attorney General of the Union of Myanmar. While there he delivered an 8-day series of seminars on legislative interpretation, application and drafting, to a group of around 60 officials from the Attorney General's Office, the Supreme Court, and other Government offices. The seminars were part of general capacity-building initiatives supported by the UNDP in the context of political developments in Myanmar. Read more on the website of Daniel Greenberg, Parliamentary Counsel at http://www.danielgreenberg.co.uk/?page_id=319
IALS Global Law Library: Autumn newsletter now available
In this issue of our newsletter we introduce you to our new look legal research guides. We tell you about our brand new printing, scanning and photocopying facilities. We report from the 2013 IALL Conference in Barcelona and the SLS Conference in Edinburgh. And finally we introduce you to four new members of the library team.
Record number of new PhD Completions at IALS
It is with delight and pride that the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies congratulates the large number of recent successful PhD completions. Within the space of two months four new Doctors have been added to the IALS alumni community: Khaled Benjelayel, Myriam Feinberg, Maria Mousmouti, Paulo Rosenblatt. Jules Winterton, IALS Director, leads IALS staff in congratulating the new alumni. We will follow their future careers with great interest and hope to maintain these fruitful scholarly relationships.
IALS hosts Commonwealth Professional Fellow - Mr Joseph Semugabi
From Monday 2nd September to Friday 29th November 2013, IALS Library has been pleased to act as official host to Mr Joseph Semugabi, Chief Librarian of the Law Development Centre (LDC) in Kampala, Uganda, who had been awarded a prestigious Commonwealth Professional Fellowship. We were very pleased to be able to welcome Joseph back to IALS for a longer stay following on his earlier successful two week placement in May 2012. During his three months' Fellowship at IALS, Joseph has undertaken a number of legal information projects.
Professor Mads Andenas elected Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
Professor Mads Andenas, IALS Senior Research Fellow who has been attached to the Institute since 1992, has been elected Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of which he has been a member since 2009, and appointed as the UN Special Rapporteur on Arbitrary Detention, both for a term of three years.
IALS Global Law Library Graduate Trainee Library Assistants (3 Posts)
An opportunity to work in one of Europe's great legal research libraries, based within the University of London, with a mission to provide national research library and information services in law. These three one-year posts provide graduates with varied practical experience in a national research library suitable for those intending to apply for a postgraduate course in librarianship and information science. It is not necessary to have a law degree or legal background in order to apply, but knowledge of a European language other than English would be useful. Each person normally spends four months in each of the following three sections: Information Resources, Academic Services and Document Supply Services. There is an extensive in-house training programme of workshops on basic legal information resources (paper, digital and web-based) and a number of afternoon visits to other libraries for comparative purposes.
An opportunity to discuss PhD research with colleagues, with expert input from senior academics experienced in PhD research. The discussion is informal and round-table. Topics may be suggested in advance via the Convenor. Although colleagues may not be able to give expert advice on the specific subject matter of your PhD, they may be able to give advice on research generally. At present, the focus is on IALS PhD students. However, if you are a studying for a PhD in law at another institution and would like to attend, please contact the Convenor. Next class: Wednesday 11th December 2013 10.00 am IALS Room L104 with Professor Avrom Sherr.
Professor Helen Xanthaki's evidence published EU Future Justice and Home Affairs Programme (2015-2019)
On 21 October 2013 the House of Lords EU Home Affairs, Health and Education Sub-Committee (Sub-C F) published the latest compilation of written evidence offered on the Future Justice and Home Affairs Programme (2015-2019). Professor Helen Xanthaki's evidence shed light to the Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice (AFSJ) from a rather ignored focus, that of regulatory and legislative quality. The full analysis of the theoretical background for her assessment of the AFSJ stems from her Oral Evidence at the Public Hearing at the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, where she was asked to report on the EU's Smart Regulation agenda. Her evidence to the House of Lords applies her evidence before the EP to the area of AFSJ.
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