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The only British law school to offer qualifying degrees in Scots and English law.One of only two Law Schools in the UK to have 100% of its research rated as being of international standard in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The only British law school to offer qualifying degrees in Scots and English law. One of only two Law Schools in the UK to have 100% of its research rated as being of international standard in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. One of the top ranked law schools in Scotland and ranked in the top 20 of all law schools in the United Kingdom by The Guardian, The Good University Guide and The Complete University Guide Unique in offering Distance Learning programmes in International Dispute Resolution and Healthcare Law and Ethics. In one of the top 200 Universities in the World (THES 2010).
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Professor McEleavy Speaks at the Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference Professor Peter McEleavy gave a paper titled “De-mystifying the 1996 Hague Convention” at the 2015 session of the Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference which was held at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on 31 January. The Conference brings together family law practitioners and judges from across the UK and Ireland. The 1996 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children seeks to promote the global free movement of measures of protection in respect of children, as well as co-operation between States. There are currently 41 Contracting States to the instrument. The Convention is analysed within Professor McEleavy’s LLM module in International Family Law.
At the end of November Prof Colin Reid was a leading contributor at a conference in Chile on Ecosystems, Ecosystem Services and Environmental Jurisdiction. The event in Valdivia was organised by the recently established Environmental Tribunal for the southern part of Chile and attracted an audience of policy-makers, community groups, academics and students. Prof. Reid spoke on how legal systems can respond to environmental issues and other contributors from Dundee were Dr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke and Prof. Chris Spray of the Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science. The conference was followed by a workshop with the Universidad Austral de Chile exploring possibilities for interdisciplinary and international research on the role of ecosystem services in resolving environmental disputes.
Krisdakorn Wongwuthikun and Nawaporn Saeneewong Na Ayudhaya, School of Law PhD students, were awarded scholarships from the Korea Maritime Institute to participate in the first session of the Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea hosted by the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries which was held between 20th and 31st October 2014 in Yeosu, Jeonnam, Korea. The main objective of the Academy is to provide education and training in ocean affairs, such as the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, fisheries, ocean science, and maritime environment protection, etc., with a view to building capacity to address pending issues in each participant’s country, particularly, in the Asia-Pacific region. The two students successfully completed the course and were awarded their Diplomas. Krisdakorn was also awarded the Diploma with magna cum laude, along with $400 prize, as he completed the course with the second best academic performance among the participants based upon the results of exams taken during the course.
Congratulations to those who graduated today from the Schools of Law, Business, Environment, Humanities, Psychology, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Graduate School of Natural Resources, Law, Policy and Management. Wishing you all the very best of luck for the future.
ONE DAY TO GO! This time tomorrow our graduates will be crossing the stage at Caird Hall. We look forward to celebrating with them after!
On 3rd November Elizabeth Kirk travelled to Thailand to give a lecture to staff and students in the Faculty of Law, Thamassat University, Bangkok as part of their “Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series". The lecture was on the topic of “Holistic Approaches to Ocean Governance”. Elizabeth’s lecture addressed both the need for the adoption of holistic approaches and the current international law on holistic ocean governance. As she demonstrated, while the law provides some of the measures necessary to achieve more holistic (or joined up) decision-making, there are still many aspects of the law requiring development.
We would love to hear from our graduating students about their experience and are collating responses for our various communications. If this is something of interest to you please email us short and snappy answers to these questions along with a photo of yourself! • What’s your name and course? • How have you enjoyed your Dundee experience? • How are you celebrating graduation? Also, we will be using the hashtag #dundeegrad so please do use that when you post/ tweet on your own social media accounts!
ONE WEEK TO GO! The Winter Graduation Ceremony takes place on Thursday 20 November. A reminder that the School of Law is holding a drinks reception after the Caird Hall ceremony in the Scrymgeour Building to which all graduates and their guests are warmly invited to attend. Look forward to seeing many of you there! :-)
At the beginning of July, Prof Colin Reid participated in an expert workshop to consider the provision of open space in England. A project based at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne is exploring whether the legal structures that support common land in England could be adapted to create new areas of common which would provide public access and give local residents a stake in the management of the land concerned. As well as being able to comment from a Scottish perspective, where the legal and policy context is very different, Prof. Reid was able to contribute on the basis of recent work exploring the use of other established features of property law for new purposes, such as biodiversity conservation.
Law graduations tomorrow at the Caird Hall !! Join in the conversation and tweet your graduation stories and pics to #dundeelaw15 @DundeeDPLP
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An international panel of experts came together at the University of Dundee in between 29 and 30 May, exploring how the European Union can play an important role for the protection of the Arctic. The 2015 EU-Arctic Conference brought together academics, practitioners and industry figures. Thirty speakers from 15 countries discussed the EU’s potential to enhance Arctic governance, with WWF, Greenpeace, BP, the European Commission and the Arctic Council among the organisations represented at the conference. A roadmap for increasing the effectiveness of the EU’s action in the Arctic was drawn at the end of the conference, which is timely as the Council of the European Union has requested proposals for the further development of an integrated and coherent Arctic Policy by December 2015. Conference organiser Dr Nengye Liu, said, “The protection of the Arctic environment is a stated objective of the EU but what does that mean in practice? The conference looked at what measures can be taken to achieve that goal." "We are delighted that experts from NGO’s, industry, governments and academia contributed to this important event, bringing evidence and proposals from the perspectives of international law, international relations, political science, marine biology and other disciplines." Delegates from the US, Canada, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Poland, China, Singapore, Australia and UK took part in the conference. The keynote speech was given by Diana Wallis, former Vice President of the European Parliament and President of the European Law Institute. The conference was hosted by Nengye Liu, Elizabeth Kirk,Robin Churchill as well as Tore Henriksen, Director of the K.G.Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, University of Tromsø. It was co-sponsored by the EU Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship and the K.G.Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea.
We always say that a big plus of Dundee is the quality of our teaching. Well, recently 6 members of the academic staff at the Law School, including two professors, were nominated by students for the University’s student led teaching awards including the following: Most inspirational undergraduate lecturer Professor Peter McEleavy Mr Gordon Cameron Mr Sam Abboud Ms Yvonne Evans Dr Jacques Hartmann Best Innovation in teaching Mr Sam Abboud Best Personal tutor Mr Gordon Cameron Professor Stuart Cross Mr Sam Abboud This underlines the fact that our staff are not just great leaders and researchers but great teachers as well. Also one of our Law Office administrators, Mrs Vikki Watson, as well as our librarian, Mr. Iain Gillespie, were nominated by students under the category of non academic support for all the practical, pastoral and administrative support they give to students.
University of Dundee Law graduate, Ayla Iridag, has been shortlisted to become UK Graduate of the Year 2014. The competition, run by a search engine, recognises the achievements of students in arts, politics, academia, social networking and business. Ayla, who is currently a paralegal at Thorntons, has made it to the final six candidates of the UK-wide competition and is the only law graduate on the short-list. She is due to start her traineeship with Simpson & Marwick in September 2015. Ayla was nominated in particular for her work with the Dundee Student Law Clinic. She was student director of the clinic during her Diploma year after being an active volunteer while studying for her LLB. Some of her key achievements during her time as director include the implementation of a new training programme and laying the ground work for a shadowing scheme with local solicitors. In addition to the management role, Ayla remained an active advisor, representing clients at a number of employment tribunals and small claims hearings. As a consequence of her position she was closely involved with the Reach project at the University. The project, aimed at school pupils from non-university backgrounds, encouraged people to consider a career in law. Ayla planned workshops and presentations for school pupils and helped to coordinate visits to local schools. In addition, she volunteered for Victim Support Scotland and also worked part-time.
1st Suppliment to 15th Edition of Dicey, Morris & Collins on the Conflict of Laws published on Thu 21 August 2014 The first supplement to the 15th edition of Dicey, Morris & Collins, the leading text on the Conflict of Laws, has been published. Professor McEleavy, one of the specialist editors, is responsible for chapters 6 (Domicile & Residence), 19 (Children), 20 (Legitimacy, Legitimation and Adoption) and 21 (Mental Incapacity). His work includes an analysis of the United Kingdom Supreme Court’s 3 new judgments on habitual residence, as well as an evaluation of the burgeoning case law on public law care disputes which have an international element.
NEW STAFF - At the start of August the School of Law welcomed two new staff, Sam Abboud and Stephen Dnes. Sam Abboud has moved to Dundee from the University of Buckingham, whilst Stephen has returned to the UK after working as an attorney in New York. Sam started his career as a lawyer in the City of London and in the competition law department of the EU Commission in Brussels. He has subsequently worked an independent legal consultant specialising in mainly energy/trade-related aspects of EU and international law and was a Visiting Fellow at the British Institute of International & Comparative Law in London. Sam also gained teaching experience at UCL and on the English Legal Practice Course. He is a contributor to a leading student textbook on EU law for chapters relating to competition policy, fundamental rights and equality protection. Stephen started his career with academic appointments in London and Aberdeen working on an EC-funded research project into cross-border competition law litigation, the results of which were published in the Hart Publishing series Studies in Competition Law. Subsequently, Stephen worked in private practice in the competition law departments of international law firms in Brussels and in New York. Stephen is the author of several articles on competition law, and gained teaching experience at the University of Leicester. He is a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network, which provides a forum for competition law agencies to exchange best practices and address issues of common concern.
On 1 August Jacques Hartmann will give a presentation on ‘Counterterrorism and Transnational Crimes’ at La Sabana University, Colombia. The event is part of a series of meetings at the University of La Sabana where experts are invited to reflect on current issues of international law.
Yoann Martin, who graduated with the Joint Cergy/Dundee LLM in International Commercial Law in 2012 passed away last Sunday, following a heart attack he had suffered earlier this Spring. Everyone in the Law School extends their deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Prof. Colin Reid was one of the main contributors at the UK Environmental Law Association's conference, held in Edinburgh on 20-21 June. UKELA is the leading environmental law body in the UK, bringing together senior legal practitioners from all parts of the country, legal and policy professionals from government and regulatory bodies, and professionals in related disciplines such as environmental consultancy. Prof. Reid spoke at a plenary session on balancing biodiversity with the development of renewable energy and also at the Nature Conservation Working Group meeting, where he talked about his role in the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW) - Scotland.
LLM GRADUATION - NOVEMBER 2013 Congratulations to our 46 new LLM graduates. After the graduation ceremony at the Caird Hall on 21 November the new graduates, together with their families and friends, joined School of Law staff for a reception at the Old Law Library hosted by the Dean, Professor Alan Page. The LLM graduates of 2013, who came to Dundee from all corners of the world, from Mexico to Thailand, Norway to Nigeria, and Kazakhstan to Kuwait are now embarking on the next stage of their careers, whether that be in legal practice, industry, government service, working for international organisations or undertaking doctoral research. We wish them the very best of success!
Robin Churchill gave a presentation on “The EU as an actor in the Law of the Sea, with particular reference to the Arctic” at a workshop on “The EU as a Global Actor in the Arctic”, held in Tromsö, Northern Norway on 26 October. Professor Churchill’s presentation considered the extent to which the EU, as distinct from its Member States acting collectively, is an actor in the law of the sea, how and why it acts, and the implications for EU action in the marine Arctic.
Two judges from the Environmental Court for southern Chile visited Dundee in late September to learn about the handling of environmental matters in the Scottish courts and share their experience as a body dedicated to resolving environmental disputes. Presiding Judge Michael Hantke Domas and his colleague Sibel Villalobos were hosted by Prof. Chris Spray and Dr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke (Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science) and Prof. Colin Reid (Law). Judge Hantke Domas is an Honorary Associate of the Water Centre, where he worked as a lecturer for two years. Their visit included meetings with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Scottish Government and senior judges at the Court of Session, as well as discussions here and at Strathclyde University. The Court is currently working with the Dundee staff mentioned on developing ways of taking account of ecosystem services in environmental adjudication. This work involves Dundee staff participating in workshops and conferences held by the Court at its base in Valdivia, Chile, last year and in the coming months.
Oche Onazi has been awarded an Independent Social Research Foundation Early Career Fellowship grant for 2015-16 to work on a project that aims to demonstrate the role that can be played by African legal theory or philosophy of law in forging and grounding a new response to exclusions suffered by Africans with disability as a question of justice. The ISRF was founded in 1980 and it supports social scientific and interdisciplinary research. The ISRF Early Career Research Fellowship is usually awarded after a completion to support independent-minded and original research that offers new solutions to concrete global social problems