Smart Water at International Conference

Nathan Cooper is presenting a paper today at the 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, in New York City.

The paper, Exploring the impact of smart water pumps on communities in Malawi and South Africa, draws on College-funded interviews and fieldwork Nathan undertook at Easter.

Nathan says: “It’s a great opportunity to share findings and ideas with a specialist audience, and to be able to discuss the legal and social aspects of new water technology”.

Law Society Mooting Final held at the Supreme Court, London

Our student Law Society was proud to host the final of their Stone Shield Mooting Competition at the Supreme Court, London on Tuesday 8 April.

Organised by Master of Moots Louis Harman, Mistress of Moots Rhiannon Lock and Mooting Officer Thomas Mitchell, the event was entirely student led and served as a fitting finale to this year’s mooting competition.

Senior Counsel for the Respondent, Michael Ruddick, presenting his case to Lady

Senior Counsel for the Respondent, Michael Ruddick, presenting his case to Lady

Finalists had the honour of being judged by the most senior female judge in the UK, the Right Honourable Baroness Brenda Hale of Richmond, who provided insightful and witty judgment throughout an incredibly tense finale.

The finalists faced heavy and detailed questioning from Lady Hale, who was judging them based on their ability to respond to her interventions clearly and calmly.

She put the competitors through their paces and noted her role as a judge was “…meant to make life difficult, we do that in this room”. She also praised all of them for keeping cool heads under the pressure, and promised that she “wasn’t usually this aggressive”.

The Supreme Court is the highest court of appeal for the UK, providing a suitably grandiose and historical setting for the conclusion of this year’s competition.

Despite losing the case on both grounds, the overall winners of the competition based on mooting skills were Second Year Law students Daniel MacNally and Gavindeep Samra, lauded particularly for their flexibility in responding to Lady Hale’s questioning.

The finalists of the Stone Shield Mooting Competition (from left to right: George Joseph, Michael Ruddick, Baroness Hale of Richmond, Daniel MacNally and Gavindeep Samra).

The finalists of the Stone Shield Mooting Competition (from left to right: George Joseph, Michael Ruddick, Baroness Hale of Richmond, Daniel MacNally and Gavindeep Samra).

Congratulations also go out to First Year Law students George Joseph and Michael Ruddick for being the runners up in what has been an incredibly successful and highly competitive year of mooting.

Our thanks go out to all who participated in the SSMC and other mooting competitions throughout this year. It has been a brilliant turnout and all participants displayed a keen acuity for Law which everyone in the Society and Law School can be proud of.

Mistress of Moots Rhiannon Lock said: “Watching the mooters handle themselves calmly, professionally and with obvious knowledge of their case and submissions was a very proud moment for me, as we have been watching these students develop as advocates all year.

“Lady Hale may have been relentless in her interrogation of the competitors but as she said at the end, it was the best test to see who understood the case and how they would meet the objections they faced.

“All four of the finalists hopefully walked away with some valuable experience as to how a real court case would proceed and how the content of their submissions could change at the very last minute.

“I like to think that now they have mooted for Lady Hale, they feel like they can moot anywhere!”

Thanks to the University of Lincoln Law Society for their report. You can follow them on twitter here: @LincolnLawSoc

Law School Bursaries for LLM Students

Lincoln Law School is very pleased to be offering two bursaries for students studying its LLM programmes in September 2014.

There will be two bursaries in total across both degree courses. One will be awarded to a student joining us from the UK or EU, and the other will be awarded to an International Student.

Worth £1,500 each, the bursaries will be awarded to students based on the merit of their application. To be eligible for the bursary you must apply for one of our LLM programmes by 1 June 2014 and enrol on that programme in September 2014.

Alumni Scholarship

Also… If you have studied at the University of Lincoln before, or are here at the moment, we want to help you to keep studying. That is why we have the University of Lincoln Alumni Scholarship – an award for students who have previously completed study here and wish to carry on at postgraduate level at Lincoln that is worth up to 30% off your course postgraduate fees.

For more information about this and other postgraduate funding options, see the Postgraduate Fees and Funding page on the main University website.

For more information about our LLM programmes please visit the relevant course pages on our website:

LLM International Law | LLM International Business Law


Mooting Success – Louis and Abdul Make Final

A team from Lincoln Law School have been successful in reaching the Final of the prestigious OUP and BPP National Mooting Competition 2012 – 13.

The Final will take place in London on 27th June 2013 and Lincoln will be competing against either the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus or Manchester Metropolitan University.

More than 70 UK Law Schools competed this year in the competition and we congratulate Louis Harman (Level 2 – pictured below) and Abdul Siddiquee (Level 2) on their achievement so far and wish them the best of luck in the Final.

Louis Harman Mooting

The Fascinating Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference 2013

Dr Ngozi Okoye recently presented a paper titled “The Guidance on Internal Control and Risk Management: To What Extent is Behavioural Risk Managed in Corporate Governance?” at the SLSA annual conference held at the York Law School from 26th to 28th March 2013.
Dr Ngozi Okoye

The conference had about 350 delegates from different countries, with numerous papers presented in various streams.  There were also posters presented by postgraduates, as well as author meets reader sessions.  A lot of interesting papers were presented, and of particular interest was a paper which discussed the issue of whether e-mail exchanges should be categorised as “intellectual property”.  There was also a paper which raised the problems that are encountered by EU cross-border migrants as regards social security rights.

Another brilliant paper discussed the financial crisis and the part played by corporate officers, suggesting that solutions lie in the realm of private, rather than public law mechanisms.  Yet another paper discussed the prevalent shareholder model of corporations in Anglo-Saxon jurisdictions and the competing stakeholder model, arguing that enhanced regulation is necessary for companies whose activities impact heavily on society and suggesting the adoption of an enlightened sovereign control model.  A highlight of the conference was the plenary session talk delivered by Baroness Hale of Richmond, a Justice of the Supreme Court, which was titled “Should Judges be Socio-Legal Scholars?”.  The conference dinner which was held at the prestigious National Railway Museum added another level of glamour to the event.  It was an amazing couple of days, mingling with like minds and sharing thoughts on topical issues.