First steps on road to degree success

Fastrack graduate Kudzai Kowo aims to put his future Edge Hill law degree to good use – by planning to start a new career in human rights. Kudzai from Stockport had always wanted to study law, and his former job in a Government agency meant he was dealing with legislation on a daily basis. So […]

Alumnus secures law pupillage

Edge Hill law graduate Adam Williams has secured a pupillage with legal firm Hine Solicitors. Hine Solicitors operate across England with Adam taking his pupillage at their office in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. The 12-month pupillage will see him follow a pupil master or mistress (a senior member of the bar) for six months – helping with […]

International Criminal Court Book Launch

ICC bookOn 25 February 2015, Edge Hill University will host the launch of the book Mariniello, T. (ed), The International Criminal Court in Search of its Purpose and Identity.

The launch will be held at 4.00 pm in JD11, with the participation of Professor Olympia Bekou (University of Nottingham), Dr. Patricia Pinto Soares (European University Institute) and Dr. Triestino Mariniello (Edge Hill University).

For more information, please see the schedule of this event.

As JD11 is of a very limited capacity, please confirm your attendance in advance (mariniet@edgehill.ac.uk).

The International Criminal Court in Search of its Purpose and Identity (Routledge, 2014)

Dr Triestino MarinielloThe Department is very proud to announce that the book T. Mariniello (ed.), The International Criminal Court in Search of its Purpose and Identity, has just been published by Routledge. On 26 April 2013, Dr. Mariniello organised an international conference titled ‘The First Ten Years of the International Criminal Court: Achievements and Challenges’ at Edge Hill University. This anniversary constituted an import ant occasion to provide a critical analysis of the lacunae and ambiguities in the Rome Statute. The conference brought together scholars and practitioners, including the ICC’s Vice-President, Judge Cuno Tarfusser, in order to assess critically the law and practice of the ICC throughout the 10 years since its establishment. It analysed the Court’s contribution to the development of international criminal law, and the impact of its activities in countries where the most serious crimes have been committed.

This book includes conference proceedings, as reviewed and amended by their authors, as well as further invited contributions. The book is written by experts in international criminal justice, both leading practitioners and prominent scholars, who provide new and original research on the law and practice of the Court. The critical assessment from both inside and outside the Court appears, indeed, necessary to identify the limits of the Court’s practice, and to redefine and improve such practice.

For more information about the book, please see the following link: http://www.routledge.com/books/search/author/triestino_mariniello/

Department of Law and Criminology excels in Research Excellence Framework (REF)

03The Department of Law and Criminology is celebrating an excellent result in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), the results of which were published today (18th December 2014). The REF is the government’s national assessment of university research. The REF results show that 86% of research undertaken by Law and Criminology tutors is recognised as being of at least “quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour”. In addition, our work is recognised as having major impacts on society – 100% of our research, as assessed through the submission of impact case studies, is recognised as being “internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour”.

The score for  ‘impact’ ranks Law and Criminology at Edge Hill University first equal with a number of other Law Schools who had 100% of their research impact ranked as internationally excellent or above.  There are currently over 100 law schools nationally.

Head of Law and Criminology, Professor Franco Rizzuto explained: “These results confirm what staff and students within the Department of Law and Criminology already know – that students are taught by tutors of international repute. This excellence is taken into the classroom and ensures that students receive a top class education. The results round off another excellent year for the University, coming shortly after we were declared The Times Higher University of the Year. 2015 promises to be equally good with the launch of our purpose built Courtroom, the expansion of our Legal Practice Clinic and the introduction of new degrees in Policing, Criminology and Law, and Criminology and Psychology.”

Law Clinic opens for business

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Edge Hill University’s Law department has launched a new student-led Law Clinic to provide free legal advice to the student community.

The advice is provided by the University’s undergraduate third year law students under the supervision of experienced legal practitioners who are members of the Law teaching team, as well as those working in legal practices based in the local area.

The Department of Law and Criminology pro bono Law Clinic was successfully launched in October and is now receiving a steady flow of enquiries from potential clients. The Student Advisors, who are final year undergraduate law students, are now beginning to work on legal problems for real clients, under the supervision of Law Clinic Director and Solicitor, Robert Collinson. Early feedback indicates that they are finding the experience highly valuable in enabling them to apply their legal knowledge to real life situations and issues.

The key aims of the initiative are to enable students to gain practical experience of working routines in legal practice, thereby enhancing their employability skills, and also to provide a no-cost advisory legal service to the student community.

Director of the Law Clinic and Solicitor Robert Collinson said: “All law employers these days expect students at the very least to have undertaken work experience if they wish to work in legal practice. Law students who have the opportunity to take the significant further steps of interviewing and advising a real client, will have a substantial advantage in terms of convincing employers that they have the commitment and skills needed in the modern world of legal practice.”

Earlier this month Southport-based Fletchers Solicitors, one of the UK’s leading clinical negligence and serious injury law firms, donated the contents of its library (over 600 books) to the Law department and in the New Year, the University will also launch a mooting room (mock court) for students.

Law Clinic Opens for Business

The new Department of Law and Criminology pro bono Law Clinic was successfully launched in October and is now receiving a steady flow of enquiries from potential clients. The Student Advisors, who are final year undergraduate law students, are now beginning to work on legal problems for real clients, under the supervision of Law Clinic Director and Solicitor, Robert Collinson. Early feedback indicates that they are finding the experience highly valuable in enabling them to apply their legal knowledge to real life situations and issues.

About the Law Clinic

The Law Clinic is a new initiative established to provide free of charge legal advice to the Edge Hill University student community during term time. Advice is provided by the University’s undergraduate third year law students under the supervision of experienced legal practitioners who are members of the Law Teaching Team, as well as legal practitioners working for a range of legal practices based in the local area. The key aims of the initiative are to enable students to gain practical experience of what it is like to work in legal practice, thereby enhancing their employability skills, and also to provide a no-cost advisory legal service to the student community.

Director of the Law Clinic and Solicitor Robert Collinson said: “All law employers these days expect students at the very least to have undertaken work experience if they wish to work in legal practice. Law Students who have the opportunity to take the significant further steps of interviewing and advising a real client, will have a substantial advantage in terms of convincing employers that they have the commitment and skills needed in the modern world of legal practice.”

If you an Edge Hill University student and you need advice on a legal matter, please complete the online submission form.

Evaluation of treatment programme to help alleviate symptoms of PTSD

Julie T DaviesResearch is currently being undertaken by Julie T Davies, Department of Law & Criminology, with the charity Talking2Minds™ (T2M™) that supports those suffering from combat related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The subject of mental health has a long, often misunderstood and varied history both within the popular imagination and schools of psychiatry, medicine and psychotherapies. Many charities are struggling to raise awareness of the increasing numbers of individuals seeking support. Currently, there appears to be a renewed campaign to bring the issue to the forefront of the political agenda with the publication of a ‘manifesto for mental health’.  It is, therefore, timely that this work is being undertaken.

Talking2mindsParadigm Therapy™ is a treatment programme developed by T2M™ by the founder Robert Paxman, who himself once suffered from complex PTSD, but found existing therapies led to further re-traumatisation.  Early results from a pilot study are promising and demonstrate the effectiveness of this therapy in alleviating symptoms and co-morbidity factors associated with PTSD without re-traumatisation. Evidence further suggests that Paradigm Therapy™ is proving effective for those suffering from a broader range of complex stress disorders associated with abuse – physical, sexual, psychological – the number of clients from ‘blue-light’ services is noticeably increasing.

Although awaiting publication, an embargoed draft report is being discussed across a number of sectors and further research will be soon underway.