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Urban Law Day

The Urban Law Day is a specialised forum aiming to bring together a multidisciplinary circle of academics and practitioners interested in urban legislation, including planners, architects, policy makers, economists, urbanises, and lawyers. The purpose of the Urban Law Day is to facilitate discussion, the exchange of views, networking, and the presentation of new research findings or emerging issues.

The annual Urban Law Day, jointly organised by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) was held on 6th July 2015. Speakers included Dr Maria Mousmouti, one of the Directors of the Clinic and also Professor Helen Xanthaki our chair.

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Legislation Workshop at the Northern Ireland Assembly 

The Northern Ireland Assembly is the devolved legislature for Northern Ireland.  Based at Stormont (just outside Belfast) one of its primary roles is enacting legislation.  The Bill Office is the institution within Stormont responsible for managing the progress of legislation through the Assembly.

Ronan Cormacain (Director of the Sir William Dale Legislative Drafting Clinic) held a one-day legislation workshop for the Assembly on the 19th June 2015.  The workshop was attended by staff in the Bill Office. 

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An overview of the women driving law

Women in Saudi Arabia are subject to a driving ban which has an impact on freedom of mobility and limits the ability to do everyday activities, especially when there is no public transportation in the country. It is important to note that this ban is due to cultural reasons not religion. 

Overview produced for a leading women driving advocate who ran campaigns and managed movements demanding for women’s right to drive.

Download overview document (PDF)

 

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IALS Student Law Review - Law Reform and Child Protection 

The latest issue of the IALS Student Law Review (Volume 2, Issue 1, Autumn 2014) is a special edition focusing on reforming the law on child protection. 

 This edition of the open access journal run by IALS research students, arose out of a workshop organised by the Sir William Dale Legislative Drafting Clinic on mandatory reporting of child abuse held on the 10th of December 2013.  Mandatory reporting of child abuse cases is an issue of debate amongst the legislative, professional, and academic community in the UK. There is no statutory obligation to report abuse in the UK.   Is there a causal link between this lack of statutory obligation and the historic failure of professionals to report child abuse?  Would mandating the reporting of abuse change behaviour?  In many of countries in the Commonwealth and in most US states, mandatory reporting is part of statute law. The workshop considered the necessity and content of possible legislative intervention in the UK.

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Workshop - Mandatory Reporting of Child Sex Abuse

Mandatory reporting of child abuse cases is an issue of debate amongst the legislative, professional, and academic community in the UK. There is no statutory obligation to report abuse in the UK.   Is there a causal link between this lack of statutory obligation and the historic failure of professionals to report child abuse?  Would mandating the reporting of abuse change behaviour?  In many of countries in the Commonwealth and in most US states, mandatory reporting is part of statute law. The Sir William Dale Legislative Drafting Clinic considered the necessity and content of possible legislative intervention in the UK.

Full report on the workshop.   

News

The LDC goes to Washington! 

Legislative Drafting Clinic on Agora Blog 

Electronic Publication of Legislation in Rwanda

Drafting Plaudits for Ronan Cormacain 

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