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Understanding the scale and nature of the problems faced by LGBTQ+ staff when engaging with international travel: Safeguarding and empowering colleagues

Author: Dr Frances Hamilton, Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Reading I am thoroughly delighted to obtain funding from the Society of Legal Scholars Research Activities Fund. The funding will go towards employing a Post Graduate Research student to carry out 45 interviews with LGBTQ+ staff (acronym used for brevity) working in Higher Education….

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“Just” Jurisprudence

In-person conferences are great for that spontaneous riffing of ideas, which is so much harder to accomplish online. I had one of these chats at the SLS Annual Conference at Kings College London in 2022, after I had heard a paper by Sahar Shah (University of Bristol Law School) which employed Critical Legal Methodology. Jurisprudence…

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Regulating the Decentralised Autonomous Organisation

Dr John Picton (Reader in Law, University of Manchester) and Dr Matthew Shillito (Lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool) Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) are digital communities. In its classic form, a DAO will have a purpose, such as making investments and loaning funds. Alternatively, it might fundraise for a collective cause, such as a Constitution…

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SLS Annual Hale Lecture 2023

Photo credit: Ann Lane The 2023 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Hale Lecture was delivered by the Hon. Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan of the Supreme Court of Ireland on 24 October 2023 on the topic of ‘Grundnormen in UK and Irish Constitutional Law’.  The lecture was hosted by Trinity College Dublin and our Irish Convenor, Desmond Ryan, with Baroness…

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Webinar Recording: ‘Influencing Law Reform: Tips for Effective Engagement with the Law Commission’

Thank you to all those that joined us for the ‘Influencing Law Reform: Tips for Effective Engagement with the Law Commission’ webinar on Friday 22 September. The recording of the webinar can be viewed here and the presentation slides are available to view here. A huge thank you to the presenters, Professor Nick Hopkins, Dr…

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Deepfakes & the Law Conference

By Rebecca Moosavian & Dr Tom Bennett One of the most fascinating and disconcerting technologies of the emerging AI-era is the ‘deepfake’ which manipulates video and photographic material, enabling users to create highly realistic footage of ‘target’ individuals saying or doing things that never actually happened. Deepfake technology has a range of legitimate, creative applications…

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Shifting Dynamics in Medical Law

We are delighted to be awarded SLS small events and projects funding for our event ‘Shifting Dynamics in Medical Law: New Spaces, Temporalities and Actors’. The workshop will explore the shifting landscape of medical law as a discipline, from one which is focused on static analysis of legal doctrine to one which is attentive to…

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The AI Revolution Demands Radical Change to Law Curricula

This article was published in the Spring 2023 edition of The Reporter. The idea for my experiment with ChatGPT, the next-generation AI text generation bot, came from a chemistry colleague who told me that it could outperform some of his undergraduate students in their final exams. I had a mini panic attack when I heard…

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Reforming The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990: Consent And Posthumous Conception

Lisa Cherkassky, Senior Lecturer in Medical Law, has been awarded £2,500 by the Small Projects and Events Fund to host a one-day workshop in Spring 2024 to explore the proposed reform of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (‘the 1990 Act’), with a focus on informed consent. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (‘the…

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Exploring The Intersections Between Law and Artificial Intelligence – A One-Day In-Person/Virtual Workshop

When: Friday, 15 September 2023 The workshop is funded by the SLS Small Projects and Events Fund This is a free event, including lunch and refreshments. The event will be streamed via MS Teams. The link will be made available to participants who register for the event. To register for this free, in-person/virtual event: Click…

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