Earlier this month Professor Graham Gee spoke at the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law chaired by the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve MP and Joanna Cherry QC MP.
The meeting was on The Human Rights Act, the ECHR and Devolution. The other speakers were Professor Sir David Edward (former judge on the European Court of Justice), Jonathan Fisher QC, Professor Christopher McCrudden (Queens University, Belfast) and Sir Paul Silk (chair of the Silk Commission on Devolution in Wales). The meeting was attended by MPs, peers and representatives from interest groups.
A one day workshop was successfully held on 12th July 2016 by the Sheffield Institute of Biotechnology Law and Ethics (SIBLE), bringing together a diverse range of expert academics researching issues on the ZIKA outbreak.
The Workshop addressed the problems as well as discussed the wider implications for other geographic areas and global health law and governance. It focused on three main aspects of the Zika outbreak:
1. Reproductive rights and reproductive health
2. Global health governance and public health
3. Medical research and intellectual property rights
On the 8th June, the University of Sheffield School of Law successfully hosted a workshop for scholars of refugee law and forced displacement.
Six early-career researchers submitted a paper in advance and presented at the event. They received feedback from other participants and more established scholars including Dr David James Cantor (Refugee Law Initiative, University of London) and Dr Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law).
The intimate nature of the workshop provided an opportunity for individuals to debate new ideas openly, develop networks, and identify opportunities for future collaboration. The papers from the workshop will be published in October 2016 as part of the Refugee Law Initiative’s Working Papers Series.
Andreas Rühmkorf was invited to speak at the Critical Legal Perspectives and Corporate Social Responsibility Conference, held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London on 8th June 2016.
Andreas Rühmkorf presented “Public vs. private regulation of CSR in global supply chains”.
Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property Workshop
A two day workshop was successfully held on 23rd and 24th May 2016 in collaboration with Sheffield Centre for the Study of Law and Society (CLIS), bringing together a diverse range of expert academics researching issues on communal property.
The workshop explored interconnected key issues in the study of communal property and examined, but without being limited to, the following topic areas from both the empirical and theoretical perspectives:
(a) conceptual clarification;
(b) the boundaries of communal property;
(c) the role of communal property in resource management and community development;
(d) legal recognition and protection that should be afforded to communal property.
Earlier this month Professor Graham Gee convened a seminar in London on ‘Judicial Leadership in an Age of Austerity’. Several members of the Judicial Executive Board (i.e. the ‘judicial cabinet’ in England and Wales) participated at the seminar. Other attendees included courts and tribunal judges from across the UK, and representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Office, HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the Judicial Appointments Commission. The event forms part of a seminar series on The Politics of Judicial Independence that will run over the next 18 months. The series is being supported by Sheffield Solutions, a new initiative managed by the Social Sciences Partnerships, Impact and Knowledge Exchange team in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Sheffield Solutions aims to bring together policy-makers, practitioners and social science perspective s to tack pressing policy questions.