Diane Ryland, Animal Welfare Standards in Agriculture

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Diane Ryland, Senior Lecturer at Lincoln Law School, was recently published in an excellent new book.

Diane Ryland, ‘Animal Welfare Standards in Agriculture: Drivers; Implications; Interface?’ Chapter 9. In Mariagrazia Alabrese et al (eds.) Agricultural Law – Current Issues from a Global Perspective (Springer Legal Issues in Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies Series, 2017) ISBN 978-3-319-64755-5

Dr Stephen Turner: Linkages between Science and Environmental Law

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Dr Stephen Turner recently gave a talk at Aveiro University in Portugal on the linkages between science and environmental law.

The talk explored some of the tensions that exist between the scientific understanding of issues such as deforestation, climate change, air pollution and water quality, and the way that the law itself responds to those challenges.

Thanks are extended to Prof. Teresa Fidelis and her colleagues at the Department of Environment and Planning for the invitation to speak, for the kind hospitality and the privilege of taking part in the anniversary of the doctoral programme.

Diane Ryland: 7th International Conference on Welfare Assessment

Diane Ryland attended, and contributed to the Proceedings of, the 7th international conference on Welfare Assessment at Farm and Group Level organised by Wageningen University and Research, in collaboration with Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, held in Ede-Wageningen, Netherlands.

Her abstract and poster presentation, entitled ‘Communicating animal welfare in agriculture: public and private information and dialogue,’ proposes soft law mechanisms to facilitate discourse, validated standards and verifiable information, strengthened by public and private collaboration, in order to incentivise added value animal welfare standards in the global food chain.

Improving Energy Access in Rural Africa

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The Law School has partnered with the universities of Essex and Surrey on an international multidisciplinary project which aims to address the issue of access to energy for the rural and urban poor in Southern Africa.

Last week Dr Stephen Turner presented a paper at a two day workshop at Essex University as part of this project. The workshop was led by Dr Thoko Kaime of Essex University and included a wide range of speakers representing different disciplines from various countries.

The project seeks to play a practical role in a understanding how law and policy can be developed to help those in the region who lack access to energy and who as a result lack access to refrigeration, lighting and amenities such as those required for education.

Prof Matthew Hall at Roundtable on Victims Rights

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Professor Matthew Hall was at the University of Limerick last week for an invited roundtable on Victims Rights. Matthew presented a wide-ranging paper on the cultural signifiers of victimisation in the 21st century, covering topics such as recent terrorists attacks in the UK, the Ched Evans rape trials and the fallout from the continued impact of the Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster and the Rotherham Child Sexual Abuse scandal. Speaking to an assembled audience of academic externs, practitioners and activists, Matthew argued said “the approach taken by governments to victims of crime will inevitably continue to be adapted to suit the contemporary cultural attitudes and meanings attached to different victims and different forms of victimisation. As such, a future agenda for victimological research which incorporates such cultural perspectives seems not only preferable, but vital”