Monday, 14 April 2014

Law Commission reports and consultation papers

I was recently asked to find a 1981 Law Commission report on breach of confidence and thought that I'd share my research findings here.

The Law Commission website includes the text of publications from 1996 onwards, and here in the Library we have both Law Commission Reports and Consultation Papers from 2001 (within the Journals area on the 4th floor).

However, for earlier reports and consultation papers, BAILII is the place to go. Publications from the Commission's inception in 1965 to the present day are available from the site and can be searched by title or year.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Women & the Law - new content available via Hein Online

This new collection available via Hein Online brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to women's roles in society and the law. Content focusses on the United States and covers subjects such as reproductive rights, education and employment.
Also included is content from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project. This material considers the effect of law and culture on the female gender.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Library and IT Services annual student survey

This year's survey is now live, and it's your chance to  tell us about your use of the IT and Library Services facilities, how important they are to you, and how satisfied you are with the existing provision.

To complete the survey, go to:
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/mybirkbeck/survey_lib_it/

The closing date is Tuesday 1st April. 

Monday, 24 February 2014

Podcasts from Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre

Nearly 100 podcasts produced by the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University are available for download. Recent topics covered include:

  • The child in international refugee law
  • The price of rights: regulating international migration 
  • Turning wrongful convictions into rights? Asylum seekers and the criminal law.
The podcasts are available to listen to from the university's podcast site, or via iTunesU and range from around 45 minutes to an hour and quarter in length, so cover their subject in some depth.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Discussion about the constitution on BBC Radio Three


As part of the 15th January edition of Free Thinking, Conor Gearty, Iain McLean & Linda Colley discussed aspects of constitutional history and what a written constitution for the UK might look like if drafted now. The discussion can be found on the programme's web site.

Free Thinking seeks to explore ideas shaping our everyday lives and includes interviews with and debate between leading artists and thinkers. It's possible to see a list of forthcoming episodes; one (due to be broadcast on 30th January) investigating the current state of dissent in Russia is of potential interest to those studying Human Rights.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Magic circle firm adopts 'CV blind' policy

An interesting article on how those interviewing for traineeships at Clifford Chance are doing so without seeing candidate CVs. This has led to a more diverse intake and is helping to counteract the traditional Oxbridge bias. (Birkbeck gets a mention.)
See: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/exclusive-law-firm-clifford-chance-adopts-cv-blind-policy-to-break-oxbridge-recruitment-bias-9050227.html