In the news: ‘The Law and Economics of Quantitative Easing’

July 22nd, 2014
Jeremy Warner of the Daily Telegraph gave extensive – and approving – coverage to a paper written by our visiting expert Trevor Pugh and Professor Andrew Johnston entitled ‘The Law and Economics of Quantitative Easing’. In the paper they argue that Qualitative Easing is illegal under EU law.
You can read the news article from 22 July 2014 here
The paper is available at:
If you have an interest in this area of research you may also be interested in our next public lecture

‘Modern Money Theory & the Job Guarantee – The Path to Full Employment with Price Stability’

A lecture Professor L Randall Wray, University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Institute of New Economic ThinkingRandall Wray

11 September 2014
Richard Roberts Building Auditorium

Your chance to hear one of the world’s foremost heterodox thinkers speak on an issue which affects us all.

Tickets for this event are free but limited.

Tickets are available here

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme Success

July 10th, 2014

With ten scholarships awarded to students commencing a postgraduate taught course with us this September, School of Law students make up over 10% of recipients awarded a scholarship as part of the Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme (PSS) at the University of Sheffield.

The scheme is one part of the University of Sheffield-led consortium project, which secured a £3m Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) grant to look at innovative ways of removing barriers to, and improving the take-up of, taught postgraduate programmes.

Read on to find out more about the project.

Sheffield Alumni in London Networking Event – June 2014

July 2nd, 2014

The Sheffield AlumnAlumni - 26th Junei in London Networking Group is designed for post-2000 alumni of Economics, Law and Management, who are currently based in or around London.

As part of this initiative, we are running a series three of networking events, giving our most recent graduates the opportunity to develop and establish lasting relationships with other members of the alumni network.

Last week saw the second in this series of events, hosted at The Clubhouse in Grosvenor Hill. Following a warm welcome from Professor Lenny Koh, Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs in the Management School, attendees enjoyed a general knowledge quiz hosted by none other than the School of Law’s Professor Claire McGourlay.

The final 2014 event is due to be held on Thursday 16th October – more information will be added to the law alumni pages in due course. Alternatively, please feel free to get in touch with us directly with any enquiries:

Student awarded Graham Battersby Mooting Cup

June 11th, 2014
Photo left to right: Professor Graham Battersby, Philip Armitage

Photo left to right: Professor Graham Battersby, Philip Armitage

On Thursday 5 June 2014, The Graham Battersby Mooting Cup and Prize was awarded to a student at the School of Law.

The Graham Battersby Mooting Cup and Prize is awarded to one student each year that excels in the skill of Mooting throughout the year.

Philip Armitage received the prize for the 2013/2014 academic year. Philip has just completed his Graduate Diploma in Law and is now leaving Sheffield to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course in London.

Philip has been heavily involved in numerous internal and external mooting competitions, excelling throughout. He progressed to the final of the Edward Bramley Law Society mooting competition and also took part in external competitions as well.

We were extremely lucky to have Graham Battersby in attendance to present the Cup to Philip. Graham is a former Professor of the School of Law. Graham supported Mooting whilst he was a member of staff at the School of law and continues to provide support through sponsorship of the prize.


Left to right: Gareth Bramley, Caitlin Padget, Professor Graham Battersby, Johan Kennedy, Professor Sarah Blandy

Sarah Blandy, Head of Civic Engagement, was also in attendance to congratulate the students. Gareth Bramley, University Teacher and Mooting Co-ordinator, also attended the prize giving.

The prize was nominated by the Student mooting representatives for the Edward Bramley Law Society, Caitlin Padget and Jonah Kennedy. Caitlin and Jonah attended the prize giving, to congratulate Philip.

Professor Stephen Farrall receives ESRC Impact Award for research on Desistance from Crime

June 6th, 2014

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Farrall, who was among three University of Sheffield award winners at the ESRC’s second annual Celebrating Impact event.  The winners and runners up were announced at the awards ceremony held at The Royal Society, London, on 5 June by Times columnist and award-winning journalist, David Aaronovitch.

Steve was part of the team which won second prize for Outstanding Impact in Public Policy for the ESRC-funded project, Desistance Knowledge Exchange (DesKE) – led with Professor Shadd Maruna from Queen’s University Belfast and Professor Fergus McNeill from the University of Glasgow.  Building on the knowledge exchange expertise of Dr Claire Lightowler to work with ex-offenders, families, practitioners and policymakers, the DesKE team drew out the common threads from many individual success stories – helping to create and interpret a new body of rehabilitation evidence that is changing policy and practice in criminal justice.  This has had direct impacts on the approaches to the rehabilitation of offenders in numerous services in the UK and abroad, with the US Department of Justice currently supporting a large-scale pilot test of the desistance model.

The project has produced a website and blog, as well as a documentary, ‘The Road From Crime’, which has been downloaded over 10,000 times and been shown at numerous screenings including the Probation Chiefs’ Association Conference 2013.  (The film can be downloaded free of charge via the website.)

This project is part of a wider body of work being carried out on desistance in the School of Law, include existing and new research projects, seminars to both academic and policy audiences, and the first major international conference on desistance which the School will be hosting in the autumn.

Full details about the Awards can be found on the ESRC’s website.

Dr Paul James Cardwell delivers a keynote lecture in Yerevan, Armenia

May 30th, 2014

Dr Paul James Cardwell, Reader in EU External Relations Law and Director of the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law (SCIEL), was invited by the EU Delegation to Armenia on 21 May 2014 to deliver a keynote lecture in Yerevan.

The lecture was entitled ‘EU enlargement ten years on: what have we learnt and where do we go from here?’ and formed part of the Delegation’s celebration of ten years on EU enlargement. The lecture was hosted by the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, with Ambassadors from EU Member States in attendance as well as members of the government of Armenia, civil society, academics and students.

The event was covered widely in the Armenian press and on national television.