VOTE NOW! SOAS Law Society 2018/19 Committee

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We are pleased to announce that elections are now open for the SOAS Law Society 2018/19 Committee! 

Many thanks to all who have nominated themselves and provided manifestos! 

You can view manifestos and vote for your preferred candidates using the following link:

If you are interested in voting (including non-law students), please follow the following instructions: 

  1. Follow this link:
  2. If you are not enrolled on this page, click 'Click here to enrol' to self-enrol yourself onto this page. 
  3. Scroll down to the 'Law Society 2018/19' header to view the candidates' manifestos and use the voting link to submit your vote.  

Deadline for votes: 12:00PM Tuesday, 20 March 2018.

We wish you all the best with voting and the electoral process generally, may the best candidates win!

The Age of Human Rights is Over

Chair's Note:

From Conspiracy Theories to Demanding Millenials... Human Rights is not something that can be fit into a timeline with the word ‘Age’ #sorrynotsorry – I think it is safe to say that the evening confirmed that Age of Human Rights is most certainly NOT Over! A special thank you to our Panellists for an inspiring debate!

Best Wishes,

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Khokhar Solicitors Training Opportunity


Khokhar Solicitors is a Solicitors Law Firm Specialist in multi area of law in England & Wales we are looking for trainees.

We are friendly but hard working team, very dedicated and most importantly very passionate about our work.

The ideal candidate we are seeking may be potentially considered for a permanent position subject to satisfactory progress. Our structured two-year Recognised Training Period Programme focuses on building the technical and business skills that are fundamental for trainees to become a successful solicitor. The number and variety of seats available across our office gives the opportunity to gain a real breadth and depth of work during the training contract, meaning that the trainee would do not feel pressured to select an area of specialism too early in their  career.

Structure of Training
The Trainees will spend time in different practice areas and they will be encouraged to spend time in each of different departments. That said, we are flexible, and will work with them to tailor their training contract to suit their preferences, alongside the needs of the business.  The trainee will be allocated a supervisor who will support, encourage and supervise the trainee during his/her seat with them.  The Trainees will also have access to a 'buddy' who will guide them through their training contract and help them feel at home from day one.  

The level of responsibility given to our trainees is high. Trainees will be running their own files, working in a team on bigger transactions and experiencing client contact on the phone and in meetings, making them an integral part of the team, from very early on.

We recruit to retain and view our trainees as our future Associates, and as such we are dedicated to our trainees' successful development. As well as supporting you through their  PSC exams, they  will also receive training on financial and business awareness, how to make the most of your training contract, communication and people skills, and marketing and networking. Once their training contract is complete, they will continue to have access to be spoke development programmes and opportunities at every stage of their career.

Our Trainee Development Programme will offer you:

  • A training contract based in South West London.
  • Coaching and support on a one-to-one basis in relation to develop skills in legal field. 
  • A structured internal development programme aimed at developing the trainee to become a fully- rounded professional
  • Opportunities to attend various legal events outside the firm
  • Opportunity to be part of a sector group where you will have responsibility for cross-selling, generating business development ideas and hosting/attending relevant events

We cover the following area of law

  • Immigration
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Litigation
  • Conveyancing
  • Wills & Probate
  • Landlord and Tenant Law

We are pleased to offer a Training contract to those who are determined to become successful solicitors. 

Those who are interested to work with us, please forward their CV at we will get back to the interested candidates as soon as possible. 

Interested in Maybank's Global Apprentice Programme?

Calling all students in the UK! Have you heard about the Global Maybank Apprentice Programme?

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The Global Maybank Apprentice Programme is Maybank’s award-winning management trainee programme for graduates, a specially designed two-year on-the-job rotation programme which includes a three-month international assignment for graduates to experience the different functions within the bank. On the Programme, you will enjoy:

·         A formal 2-year-on-the-job rotation to gain maximum exposure in all relevant areas for career development and personal growth.

·         Tailored on-the-job rotations for a holistic learning experience.

·         Enhancing leadership skills among others via involvement in group-wide special projects.

·         International Assignments to immerse Global Maybank Apprentices in global network operations.

·         Experiential learning through CR initiatives, project management and presentation to top management.

·         Face-to-face development interventions where a dedicated coach and mentor is assigned to guide Global Maybank Apprentices throughout their journey.

·         Option for specialisation via GMAP Plus.

Think you are GMAP material? Learn more here, and take up the challenge: sign up on You may just be roaring your way into our award-winning management trainee programme!

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2018

PIEL UK (Public Interest Environmental Law) 12th Annual Conference, 6 April PIEL UK’s (Public Interest Environmental Law) Conference is set to be held at Cass Business School, London on 6th April 2018.

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For their 12th annual conference, they will explore the theme ‘Environmental Litigation: ‘Has the Green Revolution Reached the Courts’ through three panels: Environmental Rights and Justice, Liability of Multinational Corporations and Government Accountability for Emissions Reductions. PIEL UK will host a day of thoughtful and engaging panel discussions and networking opportunities. The conference presents an exciting opportunity to hear from the most distinguished of practitioners, academics and journalist working within the field of environmental advocacy and public interest litigation.

The student tickets are £5 and includes entry to our conference, with lunch and coffee provided, and a proceeding drinks reception. For more information on who they are, their speakers for this year’s conference and how to buy tickets please see the attached brochure.



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Can we still validate the notion from Kofi Annan in 2000, that this is the Age of Human Rights? Or do the global atrocities committed since 2000 speak otherwise?

Some Scholars argue that Human Rights are simply a locomotive for the White Saviour Complex. Others, that the highpoint of Human Rights occurred in the end of the Cold War and opened up a window of opportunity for Human Rights advocates to push for the implementation of International Law and the creation of global courts. But was this just a brief hiatus? Why has ISIL not been held accountable for Human Rights Abuses? Why has Bashar-Al-Assad not been tried in a court of law?

Is it then safe to say that States use the term Human Rights as a way to manipulate foreign policy however they seem fit? Has the UN failed to fulfil its promise? With the scandalous US President what will happen to the Age of Human Rights? 

It is with great pleasure that the SOAS Law Society invites you to a Debate Panel Discussion upon the notion ‘The Age of Human Rights is Over.’ on Friday 9th March 2018 in the BGLT from 7pm-8:30pm. The event will be followed by a Drinks Reception in the Brunei Suite. 

Keina Yoshida, Doughty Street Chambers
Keina practices in the areas of Media Law, Inquests and Public Inquiries, Actions against the Police and Court of Protection.  She also specialises in international human rights law. She is currently junior counsel acting on behalf of a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. During the summer she was junior counsel in the Foster v McNicol case representing the Labour Party.

Keina has particular expertise in women’s human rights, including VAWG, CEDAW, sexual and reproductive rights and LGBT rights. She is part of the Doughty Street International team and sits as an Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics. 

Moataz El Fegiery, Front Line Defenders
Moataz El Fegiery is the protection coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining Front Line Defenders, El Fegiery was the executive director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) , MENA deputy director of the International Centre for Transitional Justice and senior teaching fellow in law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was also a research fellow at the Foundation of International Relations and Dialogue (FRIDE). El Fegiery is the treasurer and member at the executive committee of the Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network since 2006 and board member of CIHRS. He is the author of Islamic Law, Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016).

Jurate Guzeviciute, International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute
Jurate is a lawyer with nine years of experience in national and international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law work. Currently Jurate works for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, where she covers the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. Before joining IBAHRI Jurate worked as a Legal Director at the human rights NGO in Lithuania, where she managed legal programmes and supervised litigation work. Jurate has lead strategic litigation on domestic violence, discrimination, disability rights, inclusive education, rights of unaccompanied minors (illegal detention), hate speech, etc. She has conducted research into rights of hate crime victims, gender equality, state guaranteed legal aid. Jurate holds an LL.M. degree in Public International Law from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and a Master of Laws degree from Vilnius University (Lithuania).
Jurate has also worked with a defence team at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, and interned at the DG Humanitarian Aid at the European Commission in Brussels.

Chair: Rushnay Sikander (Non-Law Officer) 

Register here for a ticket:  

Nominations for the SOAS Law Society 2018/19 are Open!

It has been a busy year and we hope that we have provided you all with opportunities to engage with us and that you have made the most of such opportunities!

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the SOAS Law Society's 2018/19 committee are now open. A document containing role descriptions is attached in PDF form and interested students should ensure they use this document to nominate themselves for the role most suitable to them. 

Please note the following: 

  • All roles are open to either LLB Law students or BA Law and ... students. The role of Non-Law officer is open to BA or BSc students across all departments at SOAS. 
  • All roles are restricted to students in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th (where applicable) years. Students who are currently in their 1st year of study, who will be in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th years by the 2018/19 academic year are welcome to apply. 
  • The role of President is only open to 3rd year students. 
  • The role of Technology Officer should desirably have website and graphic design skills. 

Deadline for nominations: 11 March, 2018.

Elections will be open from 12 March, 2018 until 22 March, 2018. Following this, the current (2017/18) committee will hand over all SOAS Law Society functions to the incoming (2018/19) committee. 

Best of luck to the nominees! 


Thanks to all of you who attended yesterday's human rights careers event with the fantastic speakers from the London human rights organisation, REDRESS!

If you are interested in applying for internships, please visit this page:

Should you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at or Sara Alqamish! 😀

BPP Assessment Day (London) - A Time to Shine

Sharpen up your professional skills and walk away with greater confidence by attending our mock assessment day events, held at BPP University Law School, Holborn.

This session includes:

• Practising mock assessment centre tasks, with an opportunity to obtain individual feedback

• Drafting, resilience and negotiation activities

• A panel session with speakers and BPP University Alumni

• Dedicated session for aspiring barristers

• Networking with local practitioners

• Walk away with our “Professional Skills and Commercial Awareness” certificate to enhance your CV

• No preparation required

Date: Wed 28 February 2018

Time: 16:00 – 20:30


BPP University Law School
68-70 Red Lion Street

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REDRESS Internship Opportunities


REDRESS is a human rights charity based in London that works internationally to combat torture by seeking justice and reparation for torture survivors. Through advocacy, litigation and capacity-building REDRESS works to ensure that perpetrators of torture are punished and the rights of victims of torture to justice and reparation are enforced.

REDRESS offers legal internships to excellent law graduates and LLM students with a strong background in international human rights work. REDRESS has four regular intakes per year however, in exceptional circumstances, we can be flexible with regards to the start and finish date.

Our legal internships will suit candidates who are looking to expand their CV with an interest in developing a career in the Third Sector or human rights field. Placements can be full time or part-time. All placements are based at our London offices (87 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HJ) and the successful candidates will work with REDRESS program staff. Lunch and travel expenses are covered up to £10 per day and a minimum commitment of three months is required. In light of the living costs in London, prospective interns are strongly encouraged to seek external funding for the internship through their university or other institutions.

Intern responsibilities

Legal interns will work with REDRESS staff on a number of assignments. These include independent research on torture cases, factual and/or legal research for reports and submissions before domestic and regional courts, the International Criminal Court and UN treaty body mechanisms. The role may also require some administrative work supporting REDRESS staff.

Our legal interns may work in one or several of our four programme areas:

- Casework

- Post-Conflict Justice

- National Standards

- International Standards

More information can be found here:

The Carbolic Smoke Ball - SOAS Law Society


The SOAS Law Society cordially invites you to 

The Carbolic Smoke Ball

Join us on Friday, February 23, as we dance the night away at The Law Society on Chancery Lane. There will be food, drinks, and all your favourite people on this special night.

Buy your tickets now online via the Student Union Website. There are drinking and non-drinking tickets available, as well as tickets for non-SOAS students. We've also got a SPECIAL promo offer: If you buy 5 tickets at once, you get an extra 1 free!* So make sure you invite your friends, your loved ones, and your crush to the Ball!


After purchasing your ticket(s), please fill out this Google Form. Only names that appear on the Google Form will be allowed into the event.

*Please note that IDs will be checked at the door. The promo offer does not apply to non-SOAS students. To qualify for the promo, please purchase five tickets and fill out the Google Form, adding the sixth name in the 'Full Name of Ticket Holder(s)' box. Remember to click 'going' on our Facebook Event to stay updated!


University of Kent Critical Law Society - Law and Metamorphosis

The University of Kent's Critical Law Society hosts an annual legal conference.  This year, our conference will take place on March 17th and 18th, under the heading of Law and Metamorphosis. We are pleased to invite undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as academics and professionals to submit abstracts to us by February 23rd.

We envision that the conference will encompass an engaging two days full of insight from keynote speakers and legal panelists.   We have planned Q&A sessions, as well as receptions to ensure that speakers and attendees are able to network and socialise amongst great critical thinkers, from diverse paths across the UK and Europe. 

In attempts to maximise the potential of this weekend (17th-18th March, 2018), we would like to connect and ollaborate with you, as a top UK law school.  If your society is interested, or knows other persons/societies that might be, we kindly ask that you circulate this flyer via email and social media platforms.   

Thank you kindly.  We look forward to hearing from you shortly.  

Contact Peteche Bethell for further details. 

Pro Bono Community - Volunteering Opportunity

Pro Bono Community is an organisation offering an interesting opportunity for students to volunteer within social welfare areas of law. The opportunity is a training and volunteering scheme where students are provided with training and then a volunteering placement is coordinated for them to attend at a law centre of advice agency. Placements are across a range of agencies such as Shelter, South West London Law Centres, and various Citizens Advice Bureaus. 


The opportunity is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students from any discipline although they are targeting those studying law.

They require a commitment of two days of training and generally the placements require at least 1 day a week for a period of 3 months. 

In order to find out more/apply students need to follow this link and log-in using their student details. 

Financial Times Temporary Access

To all SOAS Law staff & students,

From yesterday we have trial access to for a month - full access to all content from the Financial Times, including everything from the last month.

We already have access to a large number of FT articles through Access World News but the FT do not allow third party providers access to the latest month. In addition Access World News does not include all content from the FT. Direct access via includes every item from the printed version, not just the major articles & comment/analysis pieces.

To access go to:

Click on Start your free trial, then register.
A subscription to is expensive so we need plenty of evidence to show how it could support teaching/learning/research across different Schools/Departments.

Please send any comments to my colleague Farzana Whitfield, Subject Librarian for South Asia & Development Studies, on:

In particular we would welcome comments relating to how the additional content, beyond what we already have on Access World News, would support you in your teaching/learning/research and also how you find using the website in comparison with Access World News in terms of searching, user-friendliness etc.


Best wishes,
Bob Burns
Subject Librarian for Law
SOAS, University of London
Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
TEL +44 (0) 20 7898 4155

Guide to using FT: 


Morning Briefing

Download the FT app and bring yourself up to speed on the way to work. 

Understand what happened last night and what is likely to happen today. 

Sign up for First FT and receive our morning briefing in your inbox. 

Prep for the Meeting

Search for news related to the company and key people. 

Set up a myFT alert to be notified when we publish an article related to them. 

Access company data and directors' dealings using Markets Data (more info). 

At Lunch

Visit the homepage to be brought up to speed. 

Receive Free Lunch to your inbox and be guided through the likely impact of today's global economics news. 

Track Your Clients and Portfolio

Monitor changes to your portfolio and client companies through the Portfolio Tool (more info). 

View your myFT news feed for stories relating to your clients or topics that interest you. 

Review the Day

Receive a round up of the days' markets news after the closing bell on Wall Street with Authers' Note

Kick back, relax and plan for the weekend with Life and Arts


Intercollegiate Human Rights Debate - UCL LWOB

We are organising an intercollegiate human rights moot and debate with Judge Dean Spielmann (former President of the European Court of Human Rights and current European Court of Justice judge) as the presiding judge. We would like to cordially invite you to take part in the debate.

Your university should send 2 debaters to take part. It is up to you how and where you choose them from, whether you choose them through written applications or a selection round of debate. They do not need to be Law Students. All we ask is that you keep in mind the prestige of the judge (he will be coming to UCL solely for this event from Luxembourg), therefore we would recommend you steer away from novices.

Contact to register your interest. 


SOAS Advocacy Society - Mooting Competition 2018

We are excited to announce that applications for the SOAS Advocacy Society's first ever mooting competition are now open! The competition is sponsored by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting and the final will be held at the Supreme Court as judged by Lord Carnwath. 

Applications are open to law students at any stage of their studies at SOAS. You can sign up either through our Registration Form or via an email to with a 100-word motivational statement and your CV. 

We are extending the application deadline to 7 PM on Monday 15th January 2018. Match-ups, team allocation and the mooting problem will be released by 12 PM on Tuesday 16th January. 

The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the school of law. Applications can be made either through our Registration Form or via an email to with a 100-word motivational statement and your CV. 

The rounds will proceed as scheduled between 4 – 6 PM on the following days:

·         Friday 26th January                          Quarter Final; 
·         Monday 5th February                      Semi Final; and
·         Wednesday 21st February             Finals

The prizes on offer include: 

Winning team - £200 each
Runners up - £150 each
Best Advocate - £150

The three attachments below include an invitation letter detailing the basics of what the competition offers, a competition handbook detailing procedural intricacies, and a flyer for the graphically minded. This is a unique opportunity given the exposure offered and we look forward to seeing you make the most of it. Please feel free to email us with any queries you may have.


Jones Day Negotiation Competition: Registration Open

We are excited to announce the first SOAS – Jones Day Negotiation Competition!

The SOAS – Jones Day Negotiation Competition is a simulation of real-life legal negotiations based on a dialogue or discussion between two sets of partners, acting as solicitors on behalf of clients, in an attempt to reach an agreement or solve a problem. By the end of the competition, you will have gained valuable experience in negotiation and dispute resolution.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire, develop, and practice negotiation and persuasion skills in a team environment. Participating in the SOAS – Jones Day Negotiation Competition will be an excellent way to showcase your collaborative skills, your ability to think analytically and excel under pressure to your future employers.

The competition is open to both Law and non-Law students, and there is no previous experience required as training will be provided.

Please find further details about the competition attached.

In order to register, please complete this form. The deadline is on 10th January 2018 but places are limited and we advise you to register as soon as possible.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ancuta on We look forward to receiving your registration forms!

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City Solicitors Horizons Programme

City Solicitors Horizons is supported by the City of London Solicitors’ Company, the City Solicitors’ Educational Trust (CSET), The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF) and leading City law firms.


About the City Solicitors Horizons programme:

50 talented first year undergraduates studying any degree discipline but interested in pursuing a career in law will be selected to complete an outstanding three-year support programme featuring:  

  • Classroom and one-to-one training sessions
  • Personal mentoring by lawyers at participating leading law firms
  • Annual work experience placements with leading legal employers

About SEO London:

SEO is a diversity focused charity that helps students from under-represented backgrounds achieve their full career potential.  In the last 15 years we have helped more than 5,000 talented undergraduates secure extremely competitive internships and graduate full time positions with more than 60 of the UK’s leading employers, including many leading City law firms. 

How to apply:

Applications are now open!  Please click here to apply.  If you have already applied to SEO London you will still need to apply to the CSH programme. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so those interested in applying are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Places will be confirmed in late December 2017.


Students will be selected based on social mobility criteria, academic performance and their commitment to pursuing a legal career.  To apply, you:

1.      Must have been educated at a state funded school (at any point of your academic studies) and either:

a)      be of the first generation of your immediate family to attend university; or

b)      have been eligible for free school meals or some other form of  income-related financial assistance; or

c)       have been in care/are a care leaver.

2.      Be reasonably committed at this stage of your university course to joining the legal profession; and

3.      Have, in the judgement of your university, a strong potential to succeed academically. 

4.      You must also study at a university based in London or the south east of England.  (Please see FAQs for more details.)

Practice Areas covered:

The programme is designed to give access to the full gamut of legal career opportunities.  Practice areas covered include:



Children and Education



Civil Litigation







Intellectual Property


Alongside non-City law firms, inspirational speakers and practising lawyers, 20 leading City law firms have signed up to the scheme to provide mentoring, work experience and support with training sessions.

I look forward to reading your applications - Julie Quist-ThersonHead of Programme – Corporate Law and CSH| SEO London Email: