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Distinguished Legal Professorial Address series: Professor Rashida Manjoo, United Nations Special Rapporteur 

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Date: 30 October 2013
Venue: Room 2B025, Frenchay Campus
Time: 18:00


Professor Manjoo will give a lecture entitled, 'Violence against Women: Its causes and consequences', as part of the Distinguished Legal Professorial Address series.

This event has been organised by UWE Bristol's Centre for Legal Research, the Criminal Justice Unit, International and Human Rights Unit and the Family, Gender and Equality Unit.


Professor Manjoo has served as Special Rapporteur since 2009 and is in her second term of office.

In 2014, Professor Manjoo will be in the UK on official mission, examining UK laws, policies and practices in relation to violence against women.

This is an opportunity to hear her speak about the current critical concerns worldwide.

•18:00 - Drinks reception
•18:30 - Lecture


To book your free place, please email clr@uwe.ac.uk.

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Law School Research Impact 

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Ben Pontin's research published on the Modern Law Review (2012)75 MLR 1010 challenging the widespread view that nusissance law was historically an ineffective mechanism of protection against environmental problems caused by large scale industrialisation has been duly acknowldeged by the main experts in the field of tort law. The fifth edition of Lunney and Oliphant's Tort Law (OUP, 2013, 5th ed) makles a special mention of Pontin's important contribution, reproduces part of his article and has modified its chapter on nuissance to reflect  Ben's work. This is a great acomplishment and recognition of the work of one of our senior researchers.
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Osborn v The Parole Board [2013] UKSC 61: A New Direction for Domestic Rights? 

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In a guest post at the influential and widely read UK Human Rights Blog Richard Edwards (Law) discusses the implications of the UK Supreme Court's judgment in Osborn v The Parole Board [2013] UKSC 61 where the Court displays an intention to give new life to domestic, as opposed to Convention, rights. More at:


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The Women Law Students Forum is pleased to invite you to a talk given by Zoe Lodrick, Sexualised Trauma Specialist, at 6pm on Tuesday 15th October in 3A022.  

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Zoe is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and an experienced Trainer and Consultant.  She has over 19 years experience of providing psychotherapy to women and men who have experienced rape, sexual assault and/or childhood sexual abuse; and providing training and consultation to professionals who work with victims/survivors of sexualised traumas (whether therapeutically or within the criminal justice system). Zoe has provided services to: ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers); many different regional police Constabularies; the Bar; many regional SARCs (Sexual Assault Referral Centres) among many others.

For more information see http://www.zoelodrick.co.uk/
Everyone is welcome, please forward to anyone who may be interested and please advertise to your students.

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The first green revolution  

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The Centre for Legal Research is delighted to introduce our latest YouTube talk which is given by Dr Ben Pontin who discusses her research here. Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZAJLWlgJXk


Summary:  The first industrial revolution, which took place in Britain in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, has traditionally been portrayed by legal historians as a cause of serious environmental harm with little practical mitigation. Although it is recognised that there many laws aimed at pollution and nature conservation, these have tended to be viewed as ineffective for one reason or another. My argument is that this impression needs to be revised, on the basis that the evidence does not support it. The empirical research that I have undertaken into practical impact common law nuisance actions of this period suggests that the landed elite which dominated society were able to conduct an orchestrated campaign of litigation that had the function of cleaning up industry. The techniques for abating pollution invented to comply with nuisance injunctions were placed on a statutory footing by Parliament in various statutes relating to air pollution and rivers pollution in particular. In this idiosyncratic way, the world's first industrial nation was surprisingly 'green'.

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