Students Staff

6 March 2014

Don’t miss out: entry deadline extended for law conference

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Undergraduates with a desire to start a debate about a legal issue of their choice, and gain valuable presentation skills, have just a few more days to enter into the Undergraduate Law Conference.

Dr Matthew Stone, School of Law

Dr Matthew Stone, School of Law

With the entry deadline extended to Monday 10 March, students have a second chance to take part in the inaugural event.

Dr Matthew Stone, of our School of Law, is running the conference, which will take place on 18 March. He said: “This is an opportunity to bring students into contact with lecturers in a non-teaching environment and engage with each other in an atmosphere led by what the students want to talk about.”

The conference gives students the chance to pick a topic, make a five minute presentation on it and take questions from the audience.

Dr Stone explained why the experience is so valuable for law students: “More than any others, we know that law students really benefit from the experience of public speaking. The career paths they usually follow are often very competitive so this is a way of boosting their employability.”

Don’t miss out, get your entry in by 10 March. Find out more, and how to enter, by emailing Dr Stone, or telephone extension: 3380.

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Coming soon: spring issue of student law magazine

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The spring issue of the student-led Inter Alia magazine, which gives students valuable writing and publishing opportunities, hits inboxes on 15 March.

Andri Paraskevopoulou, Editor of Inter Alia

Andri Paraskevopoulou, Editor of Inter Alia

Student contributors to this issue cover both law and non-law topics from the case of Mark Duggan to the use of marijuana by university students.

Inter Alia, a digital publication, is produced by the Law Society and also features reviews and news articles about Law Society events such as the Listen.Think.Debate discussions as well as the Law Ball.

There are also columns by the Editor, second-year LLB Law student Andri Paraskevopoulou, and one giving advice on study methods.

Andri, who is keen to attract new writers, said Inter Alia “is for those who are keen on writing and having their thoughts heard. You can also share and exchange opinions, and gain new information on various topics. It looks great on your CV and it’s also really wonderful to see your article published.”

Find out how you can get involved through Inter Alia’s Facebook page.

Other topics covered in the spring issue include the case of Amanda Knox, an independent Scotland, public speaking, what to wear to work and alternative careers to law.

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8 November 2013

Students support work to secure landmark legal judgement

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The legal team with Don Leopoldo Garcia Lucero, his wife Elena and the members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

The legal team with Don Leopoldo Garcia Lucero, his wife Elena and the members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Our students have been working with academics from the Human Rights Centre and School of Law to support the legal team at REDRESS secure a landmark judgement on human rights.

The judgement upholds the right to justice and reparations for exiled torture survivors from Pinochet-era Chile.

This is the first time the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has decided the case of a living survivor of human rights violations under General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, and in particular, someone who has been subject to torture and forced exile. The claim was brought by UK resident Leopoldo García Lucero, who was tortured and arbitrarily detained under the Pinochet regime and has been living in London with his family since he was expelled from Chile in 1975

Our students supported Human Rights Centre director Lorna McGregor and Director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network Clara Sandoval, who were part of the REDRESS legal team. Students were involved in preparations for the hearings including victim testimonies, expert witnesses, cross examinations and final pleadings.

Find out more about the case in our news section.

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