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CLR Forum: Sky-Skating International Law: Is There a Stratosphere? at UWE on 13 February 2014 

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On 13 February 2014, the International Law and Human Rights Unit welcomes Solon Solomon from Dickson Poon School of Law (King's College London) who will be presenting a paper entitled, 'Sky-Skating International Law: Is There a Stratosphere?' as part of the UWE Bristol Centre for Legal Research (CLR) Forum.

International law is perceived as the means par excellence of bestowing peace and security in the international community. According to this perception, all that is needed is for international law to be respected, for rights to be exercised and for duties to be imposed.

Yet, maybe it is not so simple. Maybe international law is not just the application of some legal rules to the circumstances, but also the application of the circumstances upon international law. Tracing examples from the right to self-determination and the use of force to cases of post-conflict arrangements, the seminar will sketch how states feel inherently constrained to adjust their actions and the legal possibilities conferred by international law to the exigencies of the international landscape. Consequently, the practical impact of international law’s inherent limits will be discussed as far as global stability and international constitutionalism are concerned.

This is a free event. If you wish to attend, please, register with Lauren Rees (CLR@uwe.ac.uk)
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CLR Forum: Debate on Free Speech v Hate Speech at UWE on 19 February 2014 

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As part of the  UWE Bristol Centre for Legal Research (CLR) Forum. the International Law and Human Rights Unit is organising a debate on free speech v hate speech on 19 February 2014 at 14:30 in Room 3B001/2, Frenchay Campus. Dr Simon Thompson, UWE Associate Professor in Political Theory, and Richard Edwards, UWE Associate Head of the Law Department and Principal Lecturer in Law, will present two opposing views.

Today there is a vigorous ongoing debate about the legitimacy of hate speech. For some, it is an unpleasant but necessary part of any public culture in which the right to freedom of expression remains effectively protected. For others, there are good reasons to deny hate speech the protection given to other forms of expression.
In his contribution to this debate, Simon will try to make the case for hate speech regulation, whilst Richard, playing the devil's advocate, will argue that individuals should be allowed to express their views short of inciting violence.

This is a free event. If you wish to attend, please, register with Lauren Rees (CLR@uwe.ac.uk
For more information: http://info.uwe.ac.uk/events/event.aspx?id=15287
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Towards an International Convention against Violence against Women  

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On 5 November 2013 the Department of Law convened in London a panel of experts (among whom Rashida Manjoo, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences) to discuss the gaps in the normative system preventing violence against women, protecting women from such violence and ensuring them access to effective remedies. Chaired by Jackie Jones, the session concluded that a universal, comprehensive treaty aiming at preventing and eradicating violence against women was needed.

In a blog post at the influential IntLawGrrls Blog (authored by women who teach and work in international law, policy and practice) Noelle Quenivet, member of the Research Network on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, details the main arguments presented by the speakers and some members of the public.
More at: http://ilg2.org/2013/12/02/towards-an-international-convention-against-violence-against-women/
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CLRU seminar - 'An introduction to Alternative Business Structures in the new legal world' 

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Date: 29 January 2014
Venue: Room 2S704, Frenchay Campus
Time: 12:30 - 14:00

This event is part of the UWE Bristol Commercial Law Research Unit (CLRU)'s seminar series. Andrea Pierce from Kings Court Trust Ltd will solicitors will be leading the seminar.

Andrea Pierce

Andrea qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and is also qualified as a full Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) member.

Having over 12 years' experience of probate and estate administration, Andrea joined Kings Court Trust Ltd in 2006 and prior to that worked in private practice.

Andrea initially joined Kings Court as Head of Legal managing the Legal Team, she now leads the operations teams within the company who are responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of all components of estate administration. She is passionate about delivering legal services in a less traditional manner and excelling at client service.

About Kings Court Trust

Kings Court Trust Ltd (KCT) was formed in 2002 and became an ABS in 2012. It is one of the leading providers of probate and estate administration in England and Wales.

Kings Court Trust's objective is to make probate and estate administration simpler and more transparent for consumers by staying in regular contact with families throughout the process and offering fixed prices.

It deals with every aspect of probate and have a range of services for families; whether they need a professional for the whole process or are just looking for a bit of support. From closing bank accounts to selling the house to setting up trusts, they take full legal responsibility for administering an estate, from beginning to end.

About the CLRU

The Commercial Law Research Unit (CLRU) merges the existing areas of expertise in commercial law in the Department of Law and the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice (BILP). The unit's primary objective is to produce and promote exceptional research, teaching and knowledge exchange activities in the area of commercial law.

An important aspect of our role is to bridge the gap between academic law and its practical application. The research interest and activities of the CLRU focus on a wide range of commercial law related activities including corporate social responsibility, employment law, international trade law, banking and finance law, financial regulation, financial crime, information technology law, corporate governance and consumer law.


Contact Dr Clare Chambers-Jones to book your place.

Cost: Free
Contact: Dr Clare Chambers-Jones
E-mail: clare.chambers@uwe.ac.uk

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Women Law Students Forum - Silent Scream 

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On Weds 4th Dec 10-12pm the Women Law Students Forum are hosting students from City Academy who will show their film 'silent scream' and run a lesson for UWE staff and students on female genital mutilation (FGM). See below for a summary of the excellent work that the students from City have been doing.
If you or your students would like to book a place please email Rachel.Fenton@uwe.ac.uk.The room is 3A22 and refreshments are provided.
"A large number of our students have been working with the charity Integrate Bristol on projects aimed at raising awareness around and campaigning against violence and abuse against women and girls (VAAWG) and female genital mutilation (FGM).  What they have already achieved is phenomenal – the recent Ofsted decision to ask schools what they are doing to safeguard girls from FGM was one of their demands at the conference last year – that change to Ofsted inspection criteria happened because of our students.   They have been on Newsnight (three times!); helped with an episode of Casualty (and soon on another mainstream soap); been invited to London to join round table discussions with Ministers and others and given numerous interviews on TV, radio and in the press.  Most recently, they have been in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian and even the British Medical Journal. 
This work started at CAB just over four years ago with four nervous young women. The following year, thirteen girls made a drama doc for radio that was featured on Woman’s Hour.  In 2011 they made the award winning film ‘Silent Scream’, which many of you have seen.   Then came a national conference organised and hosted by 80 of our young people at Bristol University – there were 300 delegates.  Last summer, they put on a fantastic play they’d written themselves; seven of the young actors were talent scouted and have been offered parts in a feature film.  The list goes on. On Tuesday we were visited by representatives from the London Met, the Home Office and Avon and Somerset Police.  All wanted to pay tribute to the girls and to find out how they could replicate this work elsewhere in the country. To honour and recognise the achievements of these brave and determined young people, in October, Lynne Featherstone, the under-secretary of State for International Development visited the school and did the lesson on FGM and spent the day with the students.
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