Lincoln Professor discussing Environmental Crime at UN

Professor Duncan French, Head of Lincoln Law School, has recently been in Rome to attend a 2 day Experts Group Meeting organised by UN Environment (UNEP) and UN Interegional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) on combatting environmental crime.

As a member of the technical advisory group, Professor French has been involved since the beginning of the project and led conversations during the experts meeting.

The next stage is for the group to revise the document on which the project has been working, for preparation for the UN Environment Assembly, the most senior political body in the UN System exclusively focused on environmental matters.

Professor French notes: “it has been a huge honour to be involved in this process, and to develop relations not only with UN colleagues but other experts and intergovernmental officials seeking to tackle environmental crime”.

Law School / Artist in Residence film

Lincoln Law School is delighted to announce the first showing of “DisObey” – the film made by Jordan Baseman during his time as our Artist in Residence.

The film was shown in the Close Up Film Centre in London to c120 people over three showings, prior to its showing at the Lincoln Frequency Festival in October.

“DisObey” deals with crime and policing, how society identifies and characterises what is criminal, and the contested value of prison as a punitive measure.

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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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Energy Africa

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!