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.

How to Teach Complex Case Law – Keynote Address

Professor Duncan French, Head of School, was recently invited as a keynote speaker to the Australasian Law Teachers Association annual conference held in the University of South Australia, Adelaide.

On a panel discussing the recent South China Sea Award between the Philippines and China, Professor French considered the pedagogical issues surrounding the teaching of complex cases. Using the trope of Pride and Prejudice’s “Universal Truth”, Professor French unpacked the idea that it is a “truth universally acknowledged that academics with limited time in a lecture do summarise unduly complex case law”.

Whilst recognising the constraints of time, Professor French argued that it behoves us as academics to ensure our students don’t treat our case summaries as the totality of what is important about a case. Speaking to an audience of lecturers across specialisms, and not just international law, he asked them to reflect on their own “favourite” cases and how they teach them.

Professor French also took the University’s public international law class during his visit.

Professor French found time to attend his first Ozzie Rules footie game – the local team Adelaide Crows won 104-45 against the Western Bulldogs!

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”

Lincoln Academic discussing Global Environmental Law

Professor Duncan French, Head of Law School and Co-Director of Lincoln Centre for Environmental Law & Justice, has recently been involved in a number of international projects discussing contemporary issues of environmental law.

Professor French has recently been appointed to a United Nations technical advisory group to advise UN Environment (UNEP) and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) on environmental crime. The group met recently in Turin to consider a draft UN report and will be attending an intergovernmental meeting of 84 states in September to discuss the issue further.

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Professor French also provided the keynote address on environmental caselaw at a workshop of experts at McGill University, Montreal. He has also contributed to a major new book on sustainable development jurisprudence in international courts and tribunals, recently published by Routledge.

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