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:  


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! 😀

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!


Global Food Fair - Fundraiser Hosted by LawSoc

Join the SOAS Law Society at our Global Food Fair at 7PM (30th November) in the JCR

You'll find a wide variety of foods to enjoy including Manakeesh, Biryani, Efo Riro, Pandan Cake, Tiramisu, and more!

Come support the Law Society and fill up your plate (and tummy) as much as you can for £5 and refills for £2 (cash)! 

Grab a free plate of food if you bring a dish to share!

We are raising money to support the SOAS Law Society in holding more events this year to cater to your diverse interests!

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Forthcoming Events for IALS (November & December)

These are the forthcoming events at IALS for November and December. Most events are free but advance booking is required. Events are also listed on the IALS Events Calendar at:

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The Institute continues to celebrate its 70th anniversary with a diverse series of events that examine the Institute's contribution to legal scholarship, showcase its research activities in areas of major current concern and highlight future developments. 

London Hamlyn Lecture: Improving Statutes

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 18.00-19.00

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This year's London Hamlyn Lecture is being given by Professor Andrew Burrows, Professor of the Law of England, University of Oxford.

How might we improve the quality of our statutes? In the third and final Hamlyn Lecture, and drawing on his experience of having been a Law Commissioner for England and Wales, a number of different avenues are explored. These include the style of statutory drafting, the role of Parliamentary Counsel, pre and post-legislative scrutiny, and the work of the Law Commission in respect of consolidation and statute law repeals. 

This event will focus on the implications posed by the increasingly significant role of artificial intelligence (AI) in society and the possible ways in which humans will co-exist with AI in future, particularly the impact that this interaction will have on our liberty, privacy, and agency. Will the benefits of AI only be achieved at the expense of these human rights and values? Do current laws, ethics, or technologies offer any guidance with respect to how we should navigate this future society?

Forthcoming Events

Mon 13 November 18:00 – 19:00
Annual Lord Renton Lecture - Statutory Interpretation: the Myth of Parliamentary Intent
Tue 14 November, 14:30 - 18:00
The Victims Directive: Practice makes perfect?
Tue 14 November, 17:30 - 19:30
Towards Establishing a Global Industries Ombudsman 

Wed 15 November, 18:00 - 19:00
Hamlyn Lecture: How might one improve the quality of our legislation?
Thu 16 November, 17:30 - 19:30
IALS Digital Launch
Fri 17 November, 09:30 - 17:30
Information Law and Policy Centre’s Annual Conference 2017 - Children and Digital Rights: Regulating Freedoms and Safeguards
Mon 20 November, 17:30 - 19:30
Co-existing with HAL 9000: Being Human in a World with AI 
Tue 21 November, 17:30 - 19:30
The IALS Contribution to Legal Scholarship - IALS@70
Fri 24 November 09:30 - 17:00
Socio-Legal Sources and Methods in Family and Social Welfare Law

Fri 24 November 18:00 – 19:30
Legal History Seminar - The Rise and Fall of the Reputed Ownership clause in Bankruptcy law
Sat 25 November, 10:00 - 16:00
How to get a PhD in Law: The PhD in law and research methods
Mon 27 November, 18:00 - 20:00             
Recognition and Mobility of UK Incorporated Companies after Brexit
Tue 28 November, 17:30 - 19:30
Constitutional Crisis or Constitutional Durability? A Case-study of the US

Wed 29 November, 12:15 -16:30
The Legal Education Research Networks Annual Showcasing Event

Thur 30 November, 12:30 - 13:30
Independent Regulators: Legal Form, Control and Accountability

Thur 30 November, 14:00 - 15:00
IALS PhD Masterclass
Fri 01 December, 10:00 - 19:00
IALS@70 & 20th anniversary of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies
Legislative Aspects of Brexit
Wed 6 December, 16:30 - 18:00
70 Years Ago - How Universal Rights Were Being Made

Thu 12 December, 16:30 - 18:00
Mutual Recognition of Judicial Decisions and Confiscation Orders in Europe
Fri 15 December, 10:00 - 18:00
Contemporary Issues in Financial Markets Law and Company Law – National, International, European and Comparative Perspectives 
Fri 15 December, 18:00 -19:30
Legal History Seminar - Some early modern readings on usury

NILS International Dispute Settlement Event and Refugee Law Essay Competition

1.   NILS International are holding an event in New Delhi between the 15th and 23rd December based on International Dispute Settlement. You can find out more at this link: - anybody who is interested needs to email expressing their interest as soon as possible!


2. NILS is now accepting your submissions for their law journal! Send your submissions to with your name and university. More details are on the picture attached below.

3. NILS UK is excited to announce the launching of our first competition of the year based on the interesting subject area of Refugee Law! The top three entries will be reviewed by Sir Nicholas Blake QC of Matrix Chambers (a specialist in the area of immigration and asylum and also a previous first President of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the United Kingdom Upper Tribunal. He will be selecting the best one, whom will receive an amazing prize - which is yet to be revealed. Look at PDF attached for more details.


University of Law - Step Into Law

This November we are running our flagship event, Step into Law. This event is ideal for students who would like to pursue a career in the legal sector. Step into Law provides attendees with valuable insight into the legal market, what to expect from future assessment centres and tips on how to improve employability prospects. Following the workshop sessions, students will be given the opportunity to put their questions about the legal profession to our select law firm representatives on the Q&A panel. Following the panel, students will be able to network with panel members and Law firm representatives.

Event schedule

The event will take place on Wednesday 15th November 2017kicking off at 12pm and finishing at 6pm. More information can be found on the attached event agenda, although please be aware that certain information may be subject to change.

Where will the event be taking place?

The University of Law, 14 Store Street, London, WC1E 7DE

Why attend?

This a great event for potential students and law firms to engage with one another and for students to get a real insight into a career in the legal industry, as well as the opportunity to network with potential future employers.

To attend you must do the following: 

1- Sign up using the following link:

2- Respond to this email confirming your: Full Name, University, Email Address, and Phone Number.