Professor Dora Kostakopoulou Talk on ‘Contemporary Perspectives of EU Citizenship’

Lincoln Law School – Law in a Global Context Research Group Seminar – 13 May 2015

On 13 May, Professor Dora Kostakopoulou gave a talk on ‘Contemporary Perspectives of EU Citizenship’. By exploring different theorisations of the European integration process and in particular using the lens of institutional constructivism Dora Kostakopoulou traced and examined the development of the evolving concept of European Union Citizenship. By looking at key decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union she reflected on the problems concerning the development of a European identity vis-à-vis national identities and, on more general level, the interconnectedness between the incremental and transformative change of the European integration process and the evolution of European Union Citizenship.

Dora Kostakopoulou is Professor of European Union Law, European Integration and Public Policy at the School of Law of the  University of Warwick. She joined Lincoln Law School as Visiting Professor in 2015.

Careers & Law Society – collaborative working on employability

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On June 25th, the University of Lincoln Law Society and University of Lincoln Careers & Employability Service were proud to attend the first Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services regional conference in Leicester.

The conference assessed how services in the Midlands have responded to change, and the opportunities that have arisen for student employability.

In collaboration with Pauline Tait, Careers Advisor in the University’s Careers and Employability Service, the society’s Vice President, Thomas Mitchell, and Treasurer, Louis Harman, jointly presented a session at the conference about using students to promote employability related skills. The focus of the session looked specifically at enabling students to be proactive in managing their own careers from the moment they arrive at the University through partnership between a student society and an academic department.

Louis believes the conference was the “perfect platform” to showcase the relationship between the Law Society, Law School and the Careers & Employability service.

“All the delegates who attended our workshop came away with a snapshot of how our three organisations have worked together to reinvent the role of students in the delivery of careers services, through the use of the University’s revolutionary ‘Student as Producer’ initiative.”

Law Society President, Jack Maddock, believes working with University departments such as the careers service allows students to increase their employability and awareness of transferable skills. He said: “This conference recognises collaborative work between the Careers service and the Law Society. Working together, we’ve delivered a range of careers opportunities for students to improve employment and the general student experience.”

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

International and European Law Research Seminar – 2 April by Dr Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua

International and European Law Research Seminar 2 April 2014

Dr Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua gave a talk on ‘Contributionism or Twailism: A Critical Review of African Perspectives on International Law’

The presentation was devoted to introducing African perspectives into International Law, which has remained to a large extent predominantly Euro-centric in doctrine, theory and practice.

Dr Appiagyei-Atua provided a critique of two main schools developed by African scholarship in reaction to the European ‘hegemonic’ influence in International Law, namely, Contributionism and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL). The former seeks to reclaim, reconstruct and rehabilitate the neglected and denigrated African past and put it on an even keel with Europe. In so doing it contends that Africans participated in shaping International Law and that their contribution should be thus acknowledged and recognised. The latter, seeks to expose the exploitative side of International Law and present an alternative normative model that pays attention to justice and fairness in order to eradicate conditions of underdevelopment.

Dr Appiagyei-Atua’s critique unravelled a new middle-ground approach, that of recognitionism. This new perspective locates itself within the pre-colonial era to uncover the origins of International Law in Africa and contends that African regions developed notions of primitive International Law within their own limited geographical spaces before contact with Europe and other civilisations.

Dr Appiagyei-Atua concluded by showing how the contributions from Africa and other developing countries are only piecemeal and have mainly come through the United nations system without significantly altering the current International legal order.

Dr Appiagyei-Atua is currently a Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for Educational Research and Development of the University of Lincoln. He is also Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. At present he is writing a book entitled Commonwealth African Perspectives on Public International Law.

Presentation by Dr Velluti at the KU Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (Belgium)

Dr Velluti recently gave a presentation  entitled ‘The Evolving Social Dimension of EU External Trade Relations – Some Reflections on Coherence’ at the International Workshop on Fostering Labor Rights in the Global Economy, held at the KU Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven on 20 and 21 February 2014 and co-organised together with GRESI, a scientific research community funded by the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) and coordinated by the University of Ghent. The Workshop is part of the large-scale EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project on “Fostering Human Rights among European Policies” (FRAME).

The paper provided a critical review of how labour provisions have been incorporated in the European Union’s (EU) international trade agreements and the various goals pursued in combination with the mechanisms employed to achieve them. This analysis is particularly prominent and made necessary by fundamental changes introduced by the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon in relation to the EU’s Common Commercial Policy (CCP) and the increased powers of the European Parliament which now has to give its consent to the ratification of international trade agreements. In examining how the EU has been increasingly inserting human rights clauses and social norms in its international trade agreements with third countries, Dr Velluti explored certain coherence, consistency and legitimacy aspects of the EU’s role as a global human rights actor which directly concern the future trajectory of social and labour rights in EU external trade relations.