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September 2016

  • The 3rd Women in War and at War Conference 2016 – this conference marks 15 years since adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. For details, please visit our events page.
  • Law, Cognitive Neurosciences and New Technologies Summer School – this conference for postgraduate students is being organised by the European Association for Neuroscience and Law at the University of Pavia in conjunction with OULS and the Universities of Bonn, Louvain, Manchester and Radboud. It will run from 5th–10th September 2016 and will focus on law, neuroscience and robotics. Applications for the conference are now closed – but there will be further summer and winter schools. If you are interested, please contact Dr Lisa Claydon.
  • Online international lecture series on law and religion to be hosted by the OU Law School Project on Interdisciplinary Law and Religion Studies – Professor Simon Lee, Jessica Giles and a team of associate law lecturers will be hosting an international lecture series looking at the philosophical, theological and jurisprudential issues underlying the exercise of religious freedom in public life. Watch our events page for information.

July 2016

  • Ethics in New York – four OULS academics gave papers at the 7th International Legal Ethics Conference at Fordham University in New York City (which included over 400 participants from 60 countries with a shared commitment to teach future lawyers to practice ethically):
    • Francine Ryan presented her paper entitled 'Time for change: the need for ethical advocacy in serious sexual assault cases'. This paper explored how the law has potential to harm and traumatise vulnerable victims and examined the role of ethical advocacy in an adversarial system.
    • Hugh McFaul presented a paper on using virtue ethics to inform clinical legal education. It reflected on some of the pedagogical and philosophical issues that arise when teaching ethics to part-time distance learning law students.
    • Dr. Neil Graffin’s paper assessed the ethical issue of how retelling asylum stories can affect legal practitioners and asylum seekers. It discussed how the telling of narratives could have the effect of re-traumatizing asylum seekers, but also causing psychological harm to listeners.
    • Roland Fletcher assessed the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority’s review of legal education. He evaluated the apprenticeship model for solicitors and considered the ethics of this radical change to the provision of studies in law.
  • Two out of five articles in a special edition on neuroscience and the law of the European Journal of Current Legal Issues were by OULS academics:
    • Lisa Claydon and Caroline Roediger, (2016) ‘Fear, Loss of Control and Cognitive Neuroscience,’ European Journal of Current Legal Issues: Special edition intersecting neuroscience with criminal responsibility
    • Paul Catley, (2016) ‘The Future of Neurolaw’ European Journal of Current Legal Issues: Special edition intersecting neuroscience with criminal responsibility.

June 2016

  • Living with Difference Symposium – a two-day symposium organised by Professor Simon Lee and Jessica Giles, drawing together an interdisciplinary field of academics. A presentation of papers on the ‘Living with Difference’ report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life was followed by a writing retreat on day 2. The event was hosted by the OU Law School.
  • Centre for Law and Neuroscience – Paul Catley, Dr. Lisa Claydon, Professor Rebecca Taylor and Sir Simon Hughes hosted an event at the Law Society to discuss the future development of law and neuroscience. The invited audience of leading practitioners, including Lords Hughes and Toulson from the Supreme Court, identified areas on which the Centre could initially focus.

May 2016

  • Integration and International Dispute Resolution in Small States – Rhonson Salim (in conjunction with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the Centre for Small States, Queen Mary and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP) hosted this conference on 19th and 20th May 2016 at Wilmer Hale’s London premises. The conference brought together speakers from all over the world, including the Pacific, the Caribbean and Europe, and leading London practitioners who have advised small states in legal matters. Speakers included: The Hon. Justice Winston Anderson, Caribbean Court of Justice; Barbara Dohmann QC, Blackstone Chambers and judge of the Civil and Commercial Court in Qatar; Gary Born, Chair of International Arbitration Practice Group, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP; and representatives from the Commonwealth Secretariat and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Presentations from the conference can be viewed on their YouTube channel.
  • Setting Research Agendas – Dr. Lisa Claydon (in conjunction with Professor Patrick Haggard of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL) hosted a conference on Brain systems and legal systems: setting transnational research agendas for law, neuroscience and the cognitive sciences at The British Academy. The event was the culmination of their £217K Arts and Humanities Research Council project on ‘Sense of Agency’. At the event, Lisa led a working group ‘Memory and the law’ and chaired the plenary session on findings of working group sessions. Paul Catley jointly led the working group on sleep related offending.

March 2016

  • Prize winning paper – Jessica Giles, together with associate law lecturers Amanda Smith and Vicki Schipper, presented a two-part paper Catering for Law Students’ Study Skills Needs. The paper won the Stan Marsh Prize for best paper at the Association of Law Teachers’ Annual Conference.