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IALS Support for OSCOLA for postgraduate students and researchers this spring

The IALS Library can assist you with the use of the OSCOLA in several different ways.

Introductory lecture
A one-hour lecture, introducing you the fundamental principles of OSCOLA, was held in February and will be repeated on Tuesday 15th March at 3pm in the IALS Council Chamber. There is no need to book a place, just turn up. This lecture covers the following points:

  • avoiding plagiarism
  • citing legislation & cases
  • citing books & journal articles
  • citing websites & online material
  • writing your bibliography
  • keeping your word count down by cross referencing footnotes

Online guide
A free online guide, summarizing the key points to remember when citing your references using OSCOLA, is available on the IALS website at: http://libguides.ials.sas.ac.uk/referencing. It includes examples of citations for different types of materials.

One-to-one advice
If you are unsure how to cite a particular source, are struggling to understand the OSCOLA guidelines, or just need some reassurance that your footnotes are in good order, then you can make an appointment for one-to-one advice. The appointments are free and last for 30 minutes. Because they take place in the Library itself, only those with a current IALS Library card or SAS-card can make use of this service. To make an appointment, email ials@sas.ac.uk, call 0207 862 5790 or ask at the Enquiry Desk on the 4th Floor.

On the spot advice
Don’t forget that you can ask us questions at the 4th Floor Enquiry Desk or by email. One of the OSCOLA help team is normally available from Monday to Friday until 5pm. Of course if you have lots of questions, it will be better for you to make an appointment.

Sir William Dale Centre submits evidence to the House of Lords

The Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies has submitted written evidence to the House of Lords to the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee's Response to the Strathclyde Review Inquiry. The Centre’s written evidence was prepared by the current students in the LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies, Prof Helen Xanthaki from UCL and the Director of the Centre Dr Constantin Stefanou.

The Centre’s written evidence submission can be accessed here:


Director of Sir William Dale Centre teaches legislative drafting in New Zealand

Dr Constantin Stefanou, Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies, was invited to teach New Zealand drafters in enabling authorities. Dr Stefanou and Professor Helen Xanthaki, the previous Director of the Centre, gave a series of lectures which were organised by former IALS Drafting Course student Andrew Springett who now drafts for the New Zealand Electricity Authority and Tania Nedelcheva from the Civil Aviation Authority.

Tribute to Professor David Carey-Miller

It is with much regret that we heard of the unexpected death of Professor David Carey-Miller on Sunday.  A respected comparative lawyer, David was a long-standing and active Senior Associate Research Fellow of the Institute who will be greatly missed.

You may like to see the tribute to David which has been posted on the Aberdeen School of Law’s blog - https://aberdeenunilaw.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/david-carey-miller-a-tribute/.

We send our deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues.

Kenyan judiciary visit IALS

On Wednesday 24th and Friday 26th February 2016, a small delegation from the Kenyan judiciary visited IALS Library.  Mr Naim Bilal Yaseen, Director (Public Affairs & Communication) led the group which was seeking to find legal documents and books relating to Kenyan Independence on 12th December 1963 in order to contribute to a newly established museum. Apparently many of the key legal documents relating to the transfer of power from Great Britain to Kenya were lost at the time and the high-level delegation were hoping to copy relevant items from our extensive collections. More ...

Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visit IALS

A delegation from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited IALS recently. Mr Abdulkadir Jailani, Director for Treaties and Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was accompanied by Ms Gita Murti, First Secretary for Political Affairs at the Indonesian Embassy in London, and Ms Lina Maulidina Rosalind from the Directorate for Treaties and Legal Affairs at the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.  Mr Jailiani is leading a task force to review the Indonesian law of treaties and was in the UK to conduct a comparative study of UK and Indonesian treaty law. More ...

Professor Lisa Webley - OUP 2016 Law Teacher of the Year Finalist

Professor Lisa Webley (IALS Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Empirical Legal Studies, University of Westminster), has been chosen as a finalist in the OUP 2016 Law Teacher of the Year Award. This year's winner will be announced at a one-day teaching event held in Oxford in the summer.

New Director for the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies

Dr Constantin Stefanou is the new Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies. Dr Stefanou has been at the Centre since May 2000 and has been the Director of the LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies for the last 4-years. Dr Stefanou –currently IALS Director of Taught Programmes–  has been involved in all aspects of the Centre’s activities for the last 15 years so the transition will be seamless. Professor Helen Xanthaki, the previous Director, will continue her association with the Centre and will continue to teach in the existing programmes as well as our new Erasmus Mundus LLM – a joint programme with Luiss Guido Carli university (Italy) and Complutense University (Spain).The Centre will soon have additional staff and, of course, the core activities continue unchanged. We look forward to applications for our 2016 Professional Course in Legislative Drafting and our existing LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies and LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies via distance learning.

“It is a great honour for me to become the second Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies. The Centre has been the main centre for academic activity in the field of legislative drafting worldwide for the last 15 years. I intend to make the Centre stronger and add to its existing core and peripheral activities. My aim is to strengthen our academic and professional programmes and to continue our cooperation with Legislative Drafting units worldwide.” 

Dr Constanin Stefanou

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Professor Helen Xanthaki remembers Professor Alessandro Pizzorusso

It is with great sadness that I heard that Prof. Alessandro Pizzorusso passed away. I first met him on my first year at IALS back in 1998 when he spent a year here researching his book and supporting the work of the late Sir William Dale. I was fortunate to benefit from his unparalleled intellect, his sharp critical thinking, and his immense generosity towards young academics. "Pizzo", as Sir William fondly called him, was always present for me and the Centre. His research has guided the debate of parliamentary study in Italy and beyond. But his greatest contribution to our community was his incredible patience with younger colleagues, his genuine willingness to mentor us, and his graceful gentlemanly respect to academics and administrators. I will always remember him as the professor who resolved a difficult point of Italian law within three lines: I had spent three months researching that point for my PhD thesis without success. We will miss him greatly but we have no doubt that his legacy will continue.

Obituary written by Giuseppe Martinico:

Professor Alessandro Pizzorusso sadly passed away on December 13, 2015 at the age of 84. Alessandro Pizzorusso was as born in Bagni di Lucca, Italy, on November 11, 1931. He was first judge and then Professor of Constitutional and Comparative Law at the Universities of Pisa and Florence. He was also Emeritus Professor at the University of Pisa. He authored more than 1,000 publications in Italian, French, Spanish and English. His works were translated into many different languages. He covered a very wide spectrum of topics related to domestic, comparative and European constitutional law. He was also part of the Simitis Commission, and a member of the Italian Superior Council of the Judiciary. He was also Member of the prestigious “Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei” and of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Among his works in English we can recall his article “Italian and American Models of the Judiciary and of Judicial Review of Legislation: A Comparison of Recent Tendencies”, published in the American Journal of Comparative Law in 1990.  He was Editor of the Italian Studies in Law, launched in the 1990s with the specific goal to circulate the best products of the Italian scholarship.

His presence will be sorely missed. He fondly loved his family, his work and his country. His colleagues and friends will always keep the memory of his superb intellectual and human qualities and his immense generosity.

Professor Helen Xanthaki joins UCL Faculty of Laws

Professor Helen Xanthaki, the first ever UK Professor of Legislative Drafting, and Academic Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies will be leaving the IALS, at the end of 2015 to join the Faculty of Laws of University College London and take up the post of Director of the International Postgraduate Laws Programme jointly led by University College London and Queen Mary University of London. Professor Xanthaki joined the IALS in 1998 as a Fellow in Legislative Studies and worked with Sir William Dale at the Centre for Legislative Studies. After Sir William Dale’s death Professor Xanthaki became the academic director of the Centre and proceeded to reform the Centre and its activities, which until then mainly centred around the annual legislative drafting course. Within 10 years the renamed Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies had become the world’s most prestigious academic institution carrying out work in the field of legislative studies with various professional courses, a master’s degree programme and a strong cohort of PhD students. Moreover, under the academic direction of Professor Xanthaki, the Centre completed 14 major funded programmes (funding coming from the EU, DFID, the World Bank amongst others) in areas related to legislative studies and EU criminal law. More ..

Jules Winterton gave the oration at University of London Foundation Day for Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Jules Winterton, Director of IALS gave the oration at University of London Foundation Day for Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at a ceremony on 25th November.

The honorary degrees were presented to exceptional individuals by the University’s Chancellor, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, at the University of London’s Foundation Day. This year’s evening ceremony, which took place in Bloomsbury’s Senate House, marked the 179th anniversary of the creation of the University of London by Royal Charter on 28 November 1836. More ...

Impact of the Universities Counter-terrorism PREVENT in practice conference

The ‘Universities and counter-terrorism: PREVENT in practice’ conference organised by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) at the School of Advanced Study and supported by the University of London, has been in the media spotlight and is helping to continue debate.

The one-day conference on 27 October explored both the ideas underpinning the new Act, the debates surrounding academic freedom and freedom of expression, and the practical questions which universities will need to address in the light of their duty to prevent radicalisation.

In his keynote address to the conference, the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, former business secretary and member of the Coalition cabinet, considered the Conservative government’s current counter-extremism strategy and argued that it is highly problematic to introduce new duties for universities, beyond the existing legal constraints on freedom of speech. More ...

Young Italian Lawyers Summer Course 2015

The latest of a regular annual series of one-week Summer Courses for young Italian lawyers was arranged in July by the Italian Bar Association in association with the Centre for Corporate Law of the IALS and the School of Law of KCL on ‘New Challenges in European Competition Law: Convergence and Enforcement’. The event was chaired by Professor Guido Alpa, Professor of Law at La Sapienza University of Rome and President of the Consiglio Nazionale Forense. The IALS Director gave the closing speech.

Legal Records at Risk project at IALS

We are also pleased to announce a generous philanthropic donation of £100,000 to enable the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to establish a new project examining Legal Records at Risk (LRAR).

According to previous studies including the British Records Association (BRA) report on Records at Risk (2011), significant records of many institutions specialised to law (ISLs) are at risk, especially because of recent developments in legal services, IT, economy and globalisation. Many records are now being “born digital” with many more paper records are being digitised. New technology may solve some problems (e.g. storage), but is creating new issues (e.g. digital continuity).

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2015 London Annual Summit on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China

The 2015 London Annual Summit on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China was held at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington on Monday 6th July by the Beijing Arbitration Commission / Beijing International Arbitration Centre in association with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, the Centre for Commercial law Studies of Queen Mary University of London and BPP University.

The event drew an international audience from practice and academic research, a large delegation from China and sponsorship from large law firms and legal publishers. The valuable publication, the 2015 Annual Review of Commercial Dispute Resolution in China, was launched at the event and the authors gave an overview of recent developments and a preview of likely future developments with local experts providing commentaries from the London perspective. Jules Winterton, Director of IALS, gave a welcome address and opening remarks.

Using Microsoft Word for Dissertations - hands-on training sessions July 2015

Bookings are now open for the very popular Using Microsoft Word for Dissertations hands-on training sessions. Each two-hour session will cover topics such as document layout, cross-referencing, generating and updating table of contents, page numbering etc. and help you produce a professional looking document.

IALS support the new Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies has played a major role in helping towards the establishment of the Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies by its founding Director, Professor Stephen Offei.

The new headquarters of the Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (GIALS) in Accra was inaugurated on 18th June 2015 at a ceremony attended by a large audience including leading figures in the legal community in Ghana. The ceremony, chaired by His Lordship Professor Justice S.K. Date Bah, was held at the new Faculty of Law building of the University of Ghana followed by the cutting of the ribbon and a tour of GIALS. Five Supreme Court Justices, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the deputy Chief Justice, Deans of all the University Law Schools, President of the Bar Association and many others were present. Jules Winterton, Director of IALS was among the speakers More ...

Joint seminar with Clarity on Clarification and Easification of Legislative Drafting 25 March 2015

In association with Clarity, the International Association for Plain Legal Language, Professor Helen Xanthaki and Dr Giulia Adriana Pennisexplored whether a layered structure is a workable way to promote clarity in legislation and other documents in a joint event “Seminar of Clarification and Easification of Legislative Drafting“ held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on 25 March 2015.

The Legislation and Language Project at the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies at IALS, continues to investigate the crossroads between legislative drafting and language/linguistics.

IALS Library road shows 2015

Each spring the IALS Library team takes to the road to visit law schools all across the UK. The purpose of the visits is to speak to postgraduate researchers, academics and librarians from across the country to highlight the valuable collections and services that the IALS Library maintains for the benefit of all legal researchers, regardless of their location. Many students do not realize that we are the national library for legal research and that membership is free. We also take the opportunity to demonstrate some of the online legal research tools maintained by the Institute and made freely available on our website. For example, we provide demonstrations of BAILII, Eagle-i, Current Legal Research Topics, FLAG, the FLARE Index to Treaties and more. So far this spring we have visited the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and Bangor University in Wales. If you would like us to visit your law school please email lisa.davies@sas.ac.uk.

IALS Lib new WiFi network is here! Connecting to E-resources

If you are a member of IALS Library we now have an additional wireless network that enables you to access all available e-resources from your own laptop or tablet onsite when you visit the Library.

To use this network, you need to select IALS Lib from the list of networks detected by your device and connect using your current IALS Library card barcode number and your surname.

Once you are connected, all our online resources including Lexis Library, HeinOnline and Westlaw UK, can be accessed directly onsite without an additional login.

For further information on the IALS Lib wireless network, please ask at the Issue and Enquiry Desk or see our library guide at: http://libguides.ials.sas.ac.uk/wireless_guide

Professor Helen Xanthaki drafting mission in Hanoi, Vietnam

Professor Helen Xanthaki of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies at IALS was one of the European experts contributing to a two-day International seminar on Legal Transplant held in Hanoi, Vietnam, 5-6 February 2015.

The Challenges and Practices of Legal Transplant in Vietnam: Sharing European Experiences

The EU-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue Facility’s goal is to make the relationship between Vietnam and the European Union (EU) even stronger and more dynamic. It aims to support Vietnam’s development through the implementation of activities in areas covered by the EU-Vietnam Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which has created a broader, more diversified and more political partnership. This EU-funded €2.9 Million project will last for three years until January 2016. The Facility, together with a wide range of Vietnamese partners from academia, civil society and government, will allow Europe and Vietnam to exchange best practices and experiences on issues of mutual interest under the PCA. It will fund policy-oriented research and studies and organize conferences, high-level meetings and trainings with European and international experts.

The International seminar on Legal Transplant brought together leading foreign experts in the field. Professor Helen Xanthaki, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London was one of the two European experts on the panel, sharing knowledge and information on legal transplant and culture in the EU’s legislative practices and processes. Professor Xanthaki gave a presentation on the European countries' policies on legal transplant and practices of legal transplantation in legislative activities in the EU Member States’ parliaments. Professor Dr. Norbert Reich, Bremen University, Germany presented theoretical issues on legal transplant as well as practices on legal transplantation in some Asian countries. Also, Professor Higuchi Yoichi from University of Tokyo shared the experiences of transferring foreign laws into Japanese legal system. More ...

IALS hosts Commonwealth Professional Fellow - Dr Priya Rai

From Monday 2nd February to Thursday 30th April 2015, IALS Library is pleased to act as official host to Dr Priya Rai, Deputy Librarian at the National Law University in Delhi, India, who has been awarded a prestigious Commonwealth Professional Fellowship. We are very pleased to be able to welcome Priya to IALS. More ...

Launch of the Centre for Law and Information Policy

Does privacy still matter to us, and if so, do we have the right legal tools to protect it? This is the question that Timothy Pitt-Payne QC, information law specialist and barrister at 11KBW, will be addressing at the launch event for the Centre for Law and Information Policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Tuesday 24th February 2015.

His lecture will be preceded by an academic workshop titled ‘Information flows and dams’ on data generation, dissemination, regulation and restriction, involving scholars from a number of different institutions working on information law and policy topics.

These include Ian Brown, Professor of Information Security and Privacy, University of Oxford, on “dimensions of cybersecurity”; Marion Oswald, Senior Fellow, University of Winchester, on “information warfare and privacy vigilantism”; Graham Smith, Partner, Bird & Bird, on “Extraterritorial interception and communications data acquisition” and Daithí Mac Síthigh, Reader in Law, Newcastle Law School, on “Computers and the Coalition”. Lilian Edwards, Professor of E-Governance, Strathclyde Law School, will offer reflections on the workshop.

Both events officially open the Centre for Law and Information Policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, which is concerned with the law and policy of information and data, and will explore the ways in which law both restricts and enables the sharing and dissemination of different types of information.

The Centre’s Advisory Board includes specialist legal and policy practitioners and academics, including Christopher Millard, Professor of Privacy and Information Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London; Dr Lawrence McNamara, Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law; Dr Andrew Scott, Associate Professor of Law, Law Department, London School of Economics and Political Science; Gillian Phillips, Director of Editorial Legal Services, Guardian News & Media Limited; and Jeni Tennison, Technical Director, Open Data Institute. The board will be chaired by James Michael, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Although its remit and interests will develop over time, the Centre will look at the way that data and information are used (accessed, owned, controlled and shared) in contemporary society and the law and policy that regulates this; second, the way that data about law is communicated and distributed (for example, from courts).

Both launch events are free and will take place on 24 February 2015 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR.  Full details here. Registration is required:

For more information about the work of the new Centre, please contact its director Judith Townend, judith.townend@sas.ac.uk / @jtownend. Blog: http://clip.blogs.sas.ac.uk / Twitter: @infolawcentre.

Latest volume of Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review born digital in SAS Open Journals

Volume 11: 2014 of the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review has just been published and is freely available now online only.

This extensive annual volume been developed by Stephen Mason (founder, publisher and general editor) with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies entirely as an Open Access digital publication.

You can read up-to-date articles covering electronic evidence and electronic signature issues in several jurisdictions and in international contexts ... more ...

The 2014 edition also features translations of important recent cases in the field, legislation translation, book reports and details of current research into aspects of electronic evidence and electronic signatures.  

The complete run of back issues of Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review is also published online by IALS in SAS Open Journals at http://journals.sas.ac.uk/deeslr

For more information on the development of the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review as an open Access publication please see: http://ials.sas.ac.uk/publish/deeslr/deeslr.htm

IALS Visiting Fellowships 2015-2016

Applications are now being invited for Visiting Fellowships at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies for the period 1 October 2015 – 31 August 2016 or for any period (being at least three months) between those dates. These non-stipendiary Fellowships are designed for people already established in their own field of activity who are undertaking work within fields covered by or adjacent to the Institute's own research programmes or interests, which are currently in the following areas of research: Access to Justice; the Legal Profession; Legal Education; European Law; Legislative Drafting; Company and Commercial Law; International Financial Regulation; Financial Services Law; Access to Legal Information; Space Law; Information/Data Law and Policy.  (NB: While these topics are preferred, the Institute is ready to consider other proposals).

The Fellowships are not confined to academic lawyers but are also open to scholars of other disciplines working in the relevant fields, and to practising lawyers or judges with scholarly projects to pursue.  They are not available to support postgraduate students’ research.

Further details can be found at: http://ials.sas.ac.uk/fellows/fellapp.htm 

IALS to host new Centre for Law and Information Policy

Judith Townend has joined the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies as Director of its Centre for Law and Information Policy (http://ials.sas.ac.uk/clip.htm), which is expected to launch in spring 2015.

The Centre for Law and Information Policy will be interested in the law and policy of information and data, and will explore the ways in which law both restricts and enables the sharing and dissemination of different types of information.

Topics of interest include, but are not confined to, data access and ownership rights, data privacy and confidentiality, freedom of information, legal publishing (both free-to-internet and commercial), preservation and management of legal information, internet and social media regulation (in terms of content, access, and ownership) and the malicious use and misuse of data. It will also be interested in trends in scholarly communication, as they relate to legal studies.

The Centre for Law and Information Policy “will extend the Institute’s academic mission into a dynamic area of interdisciplinary research which affects everyone’s daily life”, according to Jules Winterton, director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. 

“Aligned with the Institute’s national and international role, the Centre will pursue its own research and will also promote and facilitate the research of others in law and information policy”.

One of the first events the Centre has organised is the Humanity of Judging public tour and discussion at the Supreme Court, which will take place on 19 November as part of the Being Human Festival.

For further information, or to discuss becoming involved in the new Centre’s activities, please contact Judith Townend at:  Judith.Townend@sas.ac.uk or  +44 207 862 5885

The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies co-hosted the Quality of EU Legislation London Conference on Thursday 2 October 2014

The purpose of the conference was to provide a forum to discuss the quality of EU legislation with a focus on drafting, negotiation, accessibility and transposition. The one-day event provided a rare and exciting opportunity to hear from experienced practitioners from all three of the EU institutions involved in the legislative process as well as UK specialists in the field.

The conference was opened by Richard Heaton CB Permanent Secretary and First Parliamentary Counsel. Speakers included William Robinson, Associate Research Fellow at IALS and former Legal Reviser at the European Commission, who discussed "The challenge of drafting legislation for the EU"; Hans Te Winkel, Commission Legal Service Quality of Legislation team, on "Formal and substantive quality of legislation at the European Commission"; Joanna Greenidge, Head of Cabinet Office European Legal Advisers, on "What happens next? The challenges of implementation and transposition"; Helen Xanthaki, Professor of Law and Legislative Drafting, and Academic Director of the Sir William Dale Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, on "Effective legislation: what it is and how to achieve it"; and Manuela Guggeis, Head of Unit for Legal Revision in the Quality of Legislation Directorate of the Legal Service of the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU, on "The quality of the text of EU legislation and the work of the Council". Closing remarks were offered by Lydia Clapinska and Hayley Rogers of the Office of Parliamentary Counsel and Associate Research Fellows at IALS.

The conference was attended by more than 70 government lawyers.

The conference enhances the IALS agenda on knowledge transfer and research facilitation, thus strengthening the impact of the School to the non academic community.

IALS at the International Association of Law Libraries Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina 2014

The International Association of Law Libraries organised its 33rd international course on international law and legal information in Buenos Aires, Argentina between 28th September and 2nd October. The theme of the conference was "Libraries and the rule of law" and the strong academic programme covered such topics as gender and human rights; foreign law in Argentina; Mercosur: Argentinian regional and international cooperation; and legal research in Argentinian law. David Gee, IALS Deputy Librarian and IALL Board Member, chaired a conference panel session on the struggle for human rights in Argentina and helped to lead the legal information literacy workshop. He also attended two IALL board meetings during the conference. Further details on the IALL conference at www.iall.org/iall2014

Professor Helen Xanthaki addressed the IAL Conference in Seoul, September 2014

Professor Helen Xanthaki addressed the 11th bi-annual conference of the International Association of Legislation, which took place in Seoul on 19 September 2014. The conference was co-organised with the Korea Legislation Research Institute and supported by the Ministry of Government Legislation. The theme of the conference was "Innovation of Legislative Processes" and in her talk "Innovations in Legislative Drafting in the UK" Professor Xanthaki explored the Good Law initiative, the National Archives' work on publication models for legislation, and the AHRC funded project on Big Data in Legislation led by The National Archives and undertaken by a consortium including the IALS.

Autumn training programme 2014

Brush up on your legal information search skills at IALS Library. This year we have added additional training sessions to the Autumn training programme. We will be running an introduction to Lexis Library and Westlaw, EU law databases, sources of public international law, and citing your references using OSCOLA. Bookings open on 26th September 2014. All students, researchers and academic teaching staff with a current IALS Library card or SAS card may attend.

To find out more about the training offered by IALS Library this Autumn and throughout the year, please refer to our Training Guide:

Obituary: Frank Wooldridge (1928-2014)

Francis (Frank) Wooldridge was born in Brighton on August 22, 1928, the second child of George Albert and Ivy Sarah Ellen Wooldridge. His mother was a teacher and his father came from a family some of whom had held distinguished university chairs. Frank loved London, where he lived most of his life. He attended William Ellis and Quentin Grammar Schools although his education and upbringing was altered radically by evacuation to rural Lincolnshire during the “blitz”, in World War II (an event that killed his sister). In 1948 he won a Leverhulme Scholarship to the London School of Economics, where he graduated in Law in 1952. In 1964, he obtained the London LLM, and in 1971 a CNAA PhD in comparative company law under the supervision of Professor C M Schmitthoff. This was the first PhD awarded in the social sciences by the Council for National Academic Awards. Continues ...

IALS' flagship Workshop addresses the future of legal education and honours Professor Avrom Sherr

This year the Institute’s annual W G Hart Legal Workshop was on the very topical and vital subject of "Legal Education and Training and the Professions". Currently legal education is going through a period of unprecedented change and the Workshop provided an important opportunity for reflection on these changes and specifically on the report and recommendations published last year by the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR). The workshop addressed not only the changes proposed by the LETR but also the broader issues of what is, and what should be, the role of legal education; whether legal education should continue to seek to provide a liberal, humanist education (and whether it will even be able to do so), or whether the emphasis on the market inevitably means that legal education will become tailored to the demands of the profession. The Workshop brought together some 80 academics to discuss these and other issues, both practical and pedagogical, including contributions from America, Australia Canada, Hong Kong and Israel, and from the regulators for England and Wales. The Academic Directors of the Workshop were Professor Avrom Sherr (IALS), Professor Richard Moorhead (UCL), and Professor Hilary Sommerlad (Birmingham). The keynote addresses were given by Professor Richard Abel from UCLA Law School and Professor Harry Arthurs, Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada. More ...

Citing legal materials using OSCOLA - a brand new online guide from IALS Library

The IALS Library has published a new addition to its popular range of online Research Guides; referencing and citing legal materials using the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) http://libguides.ials.sas.ac.uk/referencing. OSCOLA is the only UK born legal citation system, and since its inception in 2000 it has become the most commonly used system in UK higher education, providing a simple, uniform way to reference all types of primary and secondary materials. The new guide from IALS provides a brief introduction to using OSCOLA, with examples and pointers on where to find extra help. The guide will be of use to legal researchers all across the country. As it is freely available on the IALS website, anyone new to using OSCOLA will benefit from reading it. More ...

FLAG, the Foreign Law Guide, updated and rebuilt

The project to update and rebuild FLAG, the Foreign Law Guide, has been completed in June 2014. You can now search the updated and rebuilt database! FLAG is a guide to collections of foreign and international law held in UK libraries. It describes holdings of primary materials in print and microform, (but not electronic resources, which are beyond the scope of the guide). FLAG contains a wealth of information to help researchers and librarians discover and locate collections of treaties, papers of the United Nations and other international organisations, the law reports and codes and legislation of many jurisdictions, and useful indexes and other finding tools. More ...

Call for Papers - Forbidden Access:Censoring Books and Archives

Call for Papers - Forbidden Access: Censoring Books and Archives, Thursday 06 November - Friday 07 November 2014

‘Forbidden Access’ is a multidisciplinary conference exploring how published works and archival materials and the ideas contained in them are affected, obscured or distorted by censorship. The conference is a collaboration between the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Senate House Library.

The conference seeks to explore the proliferating and divisive causes, symptoms and effects of the censoring impulse, from overt interference with a text to the subtler, intangible effects of caution and fear in the face of anticipated control, and to do so in relation to a variety of angles and contexts: aesthetic, cultural, socio-economic, ideological, legal, and political.

Proposals for 20 minute papers on censorship without restriction as to historical period or place are invited from historians, book historians, lawyers, legal historians, biographers, librarians, archivists and literary scholars on any aspect of the power of censorship, including, though not limited to More ...

Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies wins UNCP training contract

The Sir William Dale Centre won by competitive tender a UNDP contract to train 10 Nepalese drafters in legislative drafting and in drafting international treaties. The 10 Nepalese drafters will be trained at IALS for a week via a combination of in house training sessions and study visits to the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, the Tax Simplification Office, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Former student, Wael Saghir, talks about his time studying the LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law at IALS
Dr Mahmood Bagheri on SAS YouTube Channel
Course Director, Dr Mahmood Bagheri, gives and introduction to the LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law at IALS - SAS YouTube Channel
  Wael Saghir on SAS YouTube Channel

Former student, Wael Saghir, talks about his time studying the LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law at IALS - SAS YouTube Channel


New Big Data for Law project announced

On 6 February 2014, 21 Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities projects were announced as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council investment in Big Data. Just over £550,000 will support the Big Data for Law project, co-lead by Professor Helen Xanthaki, Professor of Law and Legislative Drafting at IALS, and Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies.

Big Data for Law will transform how we understand and use current legislation by delivering a ‘big data toolkit’. This will include new open data, new tools and new research methodologies, made available through a new service - legislation.gov.uk Research. The project is headed by The National Archives, who are responsible for legislation.gov.uk. Professor Xanthaki, David Howarth, Reader in Law and Director of the MPhil in Public Policy at Clare College Cambridge, and K Krasnow Waterman, a world-leading LawTech specialist are the project’s co-leads.

For more, please see: http://ials.sas.ac.uk/news/new_big_data_for_law_project.htm

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
The Legal Nature of Securities Regulations, a Comparative Study
Supervisor: Mahmood Bagheri

Myriam Feinberg
The Impact of International Counterterrorism on State Sovereignty
Supervisor: Robert McCorquodale

Maria Mousmouti
Legislating for the Protection of Social Rights
Supervisor: Helen Xanthaki

Paulo Rosenblatt
General Anti-Avoidance Principle v. Targeted Anti-Avoidance Rules: A comparative study on developed and developing Countries tax avoidance systems
Supervisor: Philip Baker

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.

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.

The Working Group is one of the oldest and most respected human rights bodies in the UN, and rule on individual complaints, undertake country missions and adopt advisory opinions to the UN Human Rights Council. On the Council's request, the Working Group is currently drafting "Principles and Guidance on the the right of anyone deprived of his or her liberty by arrest or detention to bring proceedings before court, in order that the court may decide without delay on the lawfulness of his or her detention and order his or her release if the detention is not lawful, in accordance with their international obligations".

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Professor Helen Xanthaki's evidence published - EU Future Justice and Home Affairs

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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The IALS Think Tank on Law Reform

Within its research facilitation mission, the IALS responds to the public consultation for the Commission's 12th Programme of Law Reform by establishing the IALS Think Tank on Law Reform , and submitting a proposal to the Commission.

The IALS Think Tank is an initiative aiming to collect the valuable expertise of the many Fellows and staff of the IALS, invite proposals for law reform, selecting the most appropriate one, offering feedback and advice for its refinement, endorsing the final product, and submitting it to the Commission in time for its consideration in the public consultation for its programmes.

The Think Tank is chaired by Helen Xanthaki, Professor of Law and Legislative Drafting and Academic Director of the Sir William Dale Centre. Its members include, in alphabetical order, Prof. Philip Baker, QC; Daniel Greenberg; Professor Andy Haynes; Stephen Mason; Dr. Constantin Stefanou; and Dr. Simone White.

The Mason Report of the IALS Think Tank

The panel received proposals from the IALS community at the end of August 2013 and made its selection on the basis of the criteria put forward by the Law Commission of England and Wales. It is with great pleasure that the Think Tank endorses the proposal of Stephen Mason, which now constitutes the Mason Report of the IALS Think Tank on the reform of the law concerning the presumption that mechanical instruments - in particular computers (now an out-of-date concept) are 'in order'.

Stephen Mason is a barrister and an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London.

He is the author of Electronic Signatures in Law (3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, 2012), and the general editor of Electronic Evidence (3rd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, 2012) and International Electronic Evidence (British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2008).

He founded the international journal Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review , now in its tenth year, the leading journal on the topic.

He has conducted training in electronic evidence for judges and lawyers at the request of universities, legal professional organizations and Ministries of Justice in Australia, Cyprus, Croatia, France, India, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Stephen has acted as the external marker in postgraduate degrees dealing with electronic evidence: LLM - University of Oslo, Norway (2006); PhD - University of Exeter, England (2013); and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (to be submitted).


EU Law Making, Legislation and Language - Professional Distance Learning Module

An introduction to EU legislative drafting, focusing in particular on EU legislation and the approach of the EU institutions, and an introduction to drafting national transposition measures.

The course is given in English.

The course provides a theoretical basis but also involves practical work. It takes a general approach that is equally accessible to students from different disciplines and from diverse legal systems, with an emphasis on comparative-law techniques.

The course runs from January to April and consists of 10 teaching weeks with at least 4 hours of home study per week including the drafting of a short weekly report summarising course materials and applying them to the specific circle of professional activity undertaken by each candidate. All materials are placed on the encrypted Virtual Learning Environment page of the course, to which only participants have access.

The course includes one study weekend in London in March (from Friday to Sunday - not included in the fees). During the study weekend visits will be arranged to bodies in the United Kingdom working in the field of legislation, such as the Parliamentary Counsel's Office, the Law Commission and the Home Office.

All students have access to the IALS library and remote access facilities, including Hein on Line and Westlaw, for the duration of their study.

The course can be taken (a) either strictly as a professional course (£1,700); or (b) with an LLM "credit bearing" option (£2,350) which involves an additional piece of coursework (essay of 3500 words on a topic of the participants' choice - approve by the course leaders). The LLM credit bearing option will allow the participants to use the credit gained as one of the six-modules of the LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies via Distance Learning.

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EU Law Making Winter School (PaDeCo) January 2014 - Call for applications

The Winter School "The Parliaments of Europe in Democracy Promotion and Constitutional Transitions" (PaDeCo) , funded by the European Commission within the Erasmus Intensive Programmes, is organized by a University network composed by the School of Government - University Luiss Guido Carli, Rome; the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies - University of London; the Institut d'Etudes Politiques - University of Bordeaux; the University of Hull.

It will be open to the participation of students willing not only to deepen their theoretical knowledge in this field, but also to acquire operative tools in order to work in national and supranational institutions as well as NGOs involved in democracy promotion and consolidation.

The Winter School, which will take place from 7th to 17th January 2014 in Rome, aims at assessing the role of Parliaments in the promotion of democracy within the European Union as well as outside the EU, providing, in particular, its participants with the following learning outcomes:

  • advanced understanding of the constitutional, political and economic dimensions of democratic transitions, with special reference to European conditionality
  • full perception of the role of Parliaments in the democratic and constitutional transitions by a twofold perspective: on one side, verification of their "internal" level of democracy, which is directly linked with the quality of a democracy, and, on the other, analysis of their participation in the processes of democratisation.

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IALS Library launches new and improved online Research Guides

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies' online legal research guides have been revised and improved over the summer. The guides are designed to help researchers more easily navigate law materials, whether in print, on a subscription database, or freely available online. There are guides for a wide range of jurisdictions and international law contexts including public and private international law, the EU, Council of Europe and the UN. The latest addition to the range is the Uganda Legal Research Guide, which was written by Joseph Semugabi, Chief Librarian of the Law Development Centre in Uganda and holder of the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship. The guides are freely available online and will be of use to researchers at IALS as well as the broader legal research community in the UK and around the world.

For the benefit of visitors to IALS Library a large number of subject guides are available. The subject guides provide an introduction to library materials for many legal topics and can be a useful starting point for your research.

In addition, there are guides to finding different types of materials in the library and online (including cases, journal articles, legislation, theses, etc.), guides to key databases such as Lexis Library, Westlaw and HeinOnline, guides to using the WiFi, self-issue machine and many more.

View the full collection of Research Guides at http://libguides.ials.sas.ac.uk


IALS Student Law Review Issue 1 just published in SAS Open Journals
The inaugural issue of the IALS Student Law Review, a new electronic open access peer-reviewed student-run law journal from IALS, is now freely available online in SAS Open Journals at http://journals.sas.ac.uk/lawreview/

Volume 1, Issue 1 offers a selection of papers which in different ways illustrate the continuing importance of law in social, political and historical contexts. In this issue you can:

  • Follow Professor Terence Daintith's investigation of the role of case-law in supporting legal research, argument, scholarship and publication as he considers the absence of exemplar litigation for the early days of drilling to current lawful capture in the US oil industry.
  • Find out about the concept of psychopathy and the possible links between such personality character traits and criminal tendencies as Nikos Theodorakis (PhD candidate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge) discusses the nature of the relationship, changing measures, perceptions and responsive policies.
  • Read Devrim Deniz Celik on the role of judicial review in the employment of arbitration and exceptions to enforcement with comparative reference to practice and experience in US and UK.
  • Trace the use of regulation and approaches to deregulation in the areas of planning and environmental matters as Dorota Galeza (PhD candidate, University of Manchester) explains the measures introduced by successive UK governments and their relationship with EU law, pressure groups and emerging popular concerns and environmental awareness.
  • Discover with Professor Helen Xanthaki (IALS) the factors that have influenced the development of legislative drafting and its recognition as a new sub-discipline of law - including a look at theoretical aspects and some innovative approaches used in different jurisdictions.

Pleased do send us your comments, suggestions and contributions for our future issues.


Professor Arthur Grimes announces programme of public lectures as the NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor for 2013

Professor Arthur Grimes, who steps down this month as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), holds the NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professorship at the School of Advanced Study, University of London for 2013.

Professor Grimes will be based at the School of Advanced Study (SAS) between September and December 2013. He will give a public lecture series during his time in the UK - at the Bank of England, University College London, the London School of Economics, and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in SAS - on inflation targeting, exchange rates, macro-prudential policies, and responsibility and accountability in the financial sector (including micro-prudential policies).

'The four lectures build on my 26 years' experience as a central banker, including being RBNZ Chief Economist at the outset of the inflation targeting regime, and the past ten years as Board Chair. These management and governance experiences will hopefully be valuable for others dealing with the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis', said Professor Grimes.

Sir Graeme Davies, Chair of the NZ-UK Link Foundation, said that 'We are very fortunate to have such an expert and experienced Visiting Professor who can speak with authority on matters of real international relevance at this important time in the economic cycle.'

Professor Grimes is an internationally and highly respected research economist and consultant, with strong links to public policy. His research centres on monetary economics (including currency union), infrastructure, housing economics, and firm performance. Most of his research is conducted through his posts as Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Auckland and Senior Fellow at the Motu Economic and Public Policy Research institute.

Professor Grimes is also Chair of the Hugo Group, Chair of the Postal Network Access Committee and Associate Member of the Financial Markets Authority Board. He provides consultancy for private and public sector clients, and sits on the boards of a number of community organisations. In 2005, he was awarded the NZIER Economics Award recognising excellence in areas of economics that relate to New Zealand's economic welfare.

NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professorship programme of public lectures, September-December 2013:

24 September 2013, 18:00 (arrive 17:30)
Inflation targeting: 25 years' experience of the pioneer
Bank of England Conference Centre, entrance via Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane, London EC2R 8AH

24 October 2013, 18:30 (arrive 18:00)
A floating exchange rate is the worst exchange rate regime (except for all the others that have been tried)
University College London, Bentham Denys Holland Lecture Theatre, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG

14 November 2013, 17:45
How prudent are macro-prudential policies?
London School of Economics, Financial Markets Group, R405, Lionel Robbins Building, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD

3 December 2013, 15:30 (arrive 15:00)
Responsibility and accountability in the financial sector
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Entry is free and all are welcome. For further information and to register, please visit www.nzuklinkfoundation.org.uk/events . Journalists must register to attend with Liza Fletcher at the NZ-UK Link Foundation at nz-uk.link@hotmail.co.uk or by telephone on 07941 000 541.


IALS Library exhibits at the SLS Conference 2013 in Edinburgh

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Global Law Library will be exhibiting at the Society of Legal Scholars Conference at the University of Edinburgh from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th September 2013.

The theme of this year's Conference, Tis' Forty Years Since: Britain & Ireland in Europe, Europe in Britain & Ireland, marks the fortieth anniversary of the two countries' admission to what is now the European Union, and will explore the significance for the law in general of the inter-actions that have taken and are taking place as a result. See the Conference website for full details: http://conference.legalscholars.ac.uk/edinburgh/index.cfm

If you are attending the SLS Conference we look forward to welcoming you at the IALS exhibition stand. We'll be happy to answer your questions about the library's extensive law collections, the legal databases members can access remotely, and demonstrate the free online legal research tools that have been developed by the Institute. We look forward to speaking to old, new and future members alike. Library membership is completely free for academic teaching staff and researchers and applications forms will be available on the stand.


SAS announces two ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellows for 2013-2014

Professor Roger Kain, Dean and Chief Executive of the University of London's School of Advanced Study (SAS), has announced the two visiting scholars who will hold the prestigious invitation-only ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellowships for 2013-14.

Brian Ferneyhough, currently William H Bonsall Professor at Stanford University, is one of the most original and influential composers in contemporary music. His work, recognised by such international awards as the Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis, evokes a compressed musical world of dislocated events, colliding pulses and shimmering textures. His highly elaborate notational practice invites performers constantly to reassess and question their relationship to the text. For some five decades he has continuously engaged with and provoked the debate to define a new artistic aesthetic for contemporary music, whether as creator, thinker, writer or teacher, in Germany, Europe and the US. His visit to London, in his 70 th  year, is a fitting tribute to an outstanding career and an acknowledgement of his connection to the university following the award of an honorary doctorate in 2012. Professor Ferneyhough will be based at SAS, in close association with the Institute of Musical Research, for three weeks in November 2013.

Dr Lawrence Albert Joseph, the second ST Lee Visiting Fellow, is President of the Senate of Grenada. He was formerly Grenada's Attorney-General and Speaker of the House of Representatives. Dr Joseph is widely recognised in the legal and political communities of the Caribbean and beyond. His field of expertise is interdisciplinary and spans law, political science and modern history. He will be based at SAS, in close association with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, in spring 2014 and will deliver a high-profile public lecture series during this time.

Dr Lawrence Joseph said of his selection: 'I am most grateful to the University of London's School of Advanced Study (SAS) for awarding me with the ST Lee Fellowship for the academic year 2013-2014. I am anxiously looking forward towards performing my ambassadorial role to enhance the well-being of my alma mater.'


Good Law Initiative and Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies at IALS

The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel good law team has invited Professor Helen Xanthaki and Dr. Constantin Stefanou of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies at IALS to join the good law working group, an informal and interdisciplinary forum to explore ways to make legislation more accessible for the end-users of today and tomorrow.

The good law working group includes experts with varied backgrounds and users of legislation. Its sessions will be introduced by Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office and First Parliamentary Counsel, and by Hayley Rogers, Director General at OPC and good law team leader.  The conversations will focus on content and language of legislation, architecture of the statute book and publication, and will be lead and facilitated by senior policy makers, drafters, bill managers, and legal informatics experts.


Winter School (PaDeCo) founded within the Erasmus Intensive Programmes

Luiss Guido Carli University - School of Government is proud to announce that the Winter School "The Parliaments of Europe in Democracy Promotion and Constitutional Transitions" (PaDeCo) has been founded within the Erasmus Intensive Programmes.

The Winter School will be coordinated by the School of Government with the support of the following partners: the University of London - Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, the University of Bordeaux - Institut d'Etudes Politiques and the University of Hull - Department of Politics and International Studies.


Jules Winterton at CAFLL 2013

Jules Winterton was a speaker at the Third Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries (CAFLL) held in Shanghai in June 2013, hosted by the East China University of Political Science and Law. http://cafllnet.org/annual-conference/

CAFLL promotes the accessibility of legal information and the education of legal information professionals in the United States and China and has become a high level forum for law schools and legal libraries. It has conducted discussions on many themes including law policy-making processes and legal information systems in China and the US; the development, application, service and challenge of legal information resources in Chinese and American law school libraries; the education, training, exchange and cooperation of legal information professionals; library leadership and professional status; librarianship training; access to legal information; the internationalisation of legal research; empirical legal research; the influence of modern technology on law library management; legal and government information retrieval in China and the US.


Experts gather to discuss Commercial Dispute Resolution in China

On Friday 14 June 2013 Experts gathered at IALS to discuss Commercial Dispute Resolution in China. The Beijing Arbitration Commission held an international forum on "Unlocking the Intricacies of Commercial Dispute Resolution in China" jointly with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies here in London. The forum brought more than 20 experts from China and the UK together, including experts and scholars from famous universities, senior partners of world renowned law firms and QCs, judges and politicians. The forum provided the official launch for BAC's Annual Review on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China (2013). This one day conference was opened by Madame Wang Hongsong, Vice-Chairperson, Beijing Arbitration Commission and IALS Director, Jules Winterton. Participants enjoyed full, friendly and enlightening discussions on topics such as: China's commercial arbitration, commercial mediation, construction engineering, intellectual property and financial dispute settlement. Rt Hon Jack Straw MP delivered concluding Remarks.

Summer School in EU Law-making to be funded by European Commission

The IALS is delighted to announce that the European Commission has decided to fund the proposal undertaken by an impressive consortium of 7 European Universities for a Summer School in EU Law-making. The consortium consists of The University of Stockholm [leading institution], the IALS of the School of Advanced Study of the University of LondonFreie Universität BerlinUniversiteit AntwerpenLibera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, and Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. The Summer School will offer the opportunity to 20 postgraduate students from the Universities involved to attend a 10 day workshop in Stockholm on legislative drafting theory and practice. Professor Helen Xanthaki and Dr. Constantin Stefanou are the lecturers on behalf of IALS.

The first meeting of the consortium will take place in London in September. The IALS is looking forward to welcoming all colleagues.

Jules Winterton appointed Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

The School of Advanced Study, University of London is pleased to announce the appointment of Jules Winterton to the post of Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Jules is Librarian and Associate Director of IALS and has been Acting Director of the Institute since mid-2012.  He is Convenor of the Libraries Sub-Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars, a member of the Board of Trustees of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute, a visiting Associate Professor at the Kwame Nkrumah University in Ghana, a Board member of the Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and a former member of the Board of LLMC Digital (the online platform of the non-profit Law Library Microform Consortium). He received the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award from the American Association of Law Libraries in 2012 for the International Handbook of Legal Information Management. He has served as President of the International Association of Law Libraries from 2004 until 2010 and received the Wildy-BIALL Librarian of the Year award in June 2010. He was Chair of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians in 1994/95 and received its Wallace Breem Memorial Award in 1998 for Information Sources in Law (2nd edition). He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg and at the University of Florence.

Jules Winterton took up his post as Director on 21st April and will also continue his duties as Librarian of the Institute.

IALS Global Law Library completes successful series of UK road shows

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Global Law Library is very pleased to announce the successful completion of its series of road shows for the current academic year.

During the road show series, librarians from the Institute travelled to universities across the country to talk to law researchers and academics about the national role of the Institute and to highlight the wide range of library resources, collections, expertise and training available to them. The sessions also included demonstrations of the national legal research tools developed by the Institute, which are freely available online and available to legal researchers across the globe.

Over 100 academics, researchers and law librarians from eight universities attended the road shows, with many signing up for a library reader ticket on the day.

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