Wednesday, 20 February 2019

IALS - How to get a PhD in law event - 28th February 2019

As part of its research training day programme the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is running the following event on Thursday 28th February:

How to get a PhD in Law: The PhD Journey - supervision, research ethics and preparing yourself for upgrade and vivas

It is open to MPhil / PhD students across the country, and costs £75.

Further information, and online booking can be found by going to: 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Demystifying the language of the courtroom

The January 22nd episode of Radio 4 programme Word of Mouth focused on the language of the courtroom and ways of demystifying family justice. Lucy Reed, who chairs The Transparency Project was the main contributor. Worth a listen if you have half an hour to spare.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Legislation relating to Brexit on Westlaw

There is no escaping Brexit, even within Westlaw! There is now a section of draft statutory instruments (SIs) that relate to the leaving of the EU. This can be found under the Browse section of the legislation content screen:

Screen shot showing draft statutory instruments and retained EU legislation text
There are quite a lot of them:

Screenshot of some of the draft SIs

There is also a section headed 'Retained EU Legislation' which has selected EU documents appearing in a new format, and aims to preserve a snapshot of current EU legislation. Documents display as currently in force, with amendments pending (the exclamation mark).

Screenshot of an EU Regulation showing amendments pending

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Equality & Human Rights Commission Research Database

The following information came through to me, and I thought that it was worth sharing for those of you with an interest in the work of the EHRC.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) maintains a research database. Four times a year, in March, June, September and December, newsletters are emailed to database members. These provide information about our most recent research and inquiry reports across the protected characteristics and human rights. Our most recent newsletter, for example, included descriptions of new research reports on the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), measuring ethnicity and disability pay gaps and access to justice. It also included information about new EHRC corporate documents and guidance and policy briefings. Each newsletter lists our ongoing research projects and provides details of all our research publications since the establishment of the EHRC in 2007. It also includes a new or revised reading list (or occasionally more than one reading list) on a particular issue or protected characteristic; recent topics have included equal pay and pay gaps, flexible working, housing, the PSED, sex discrimination, sexual orientation and welfare reform.
If you would like to be added to the research database to receive the newsletters, please contact David Sparrow, the EHRC’s Librarian, at

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Lex Chat - podcast from Lexis

Image of Lex Chat logo

Launched in August 2018, the Lex Chat podcast seeks to look at topics that affect legal professionals and their clients. It's also worth a listen if you're studying law. 
Episodes vary in length from 15 to 40 minutes. So far topics covered include:

  • The Gender Pay Gap
  • Fake News
  • Smart Contracts and Block Chain
  • The Gig Economy
  • Autonomous Vehicles and the Law
Lex Chat is available via Spotify, Google Play, iTunes and Lexis' Future of Law blog.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies PhD training

The training days below may be of interest if you're a PhD student within the Law Department. Student cost is £75 per day.

The How to Get a PhD in Law training days are back for 2018/19 with three days now available to book. MPhil and PhD students in law registered at universities across the UK are invited to attend.

Day One: The PhD in Law and Research Methods
Saturday 24th November 2018

Day Two: The PhD journey: Supervision, research ethics and preparing yourself for upgrade and vivas
Thursday 28th February 2019

Day Three: Researching, disseminating and publishing in the digital world
Friday 10th May 2019

Friday, 14 September 2018

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies library - temporary closure and information about new library cards

The latest news bulletin from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies includes the following information:

Library closure for annual stock moving and refurbishment

The Library will close to readers at 5:00pm on Friday 14th September 2018 for essential annual stock moving and refurbishment work and will re-open at 9:00am on Monday 1st October 2018.

Readers will still be able to access online resources, including thousands of e-books, using the Library Catalogue and the Electronic Law Library.

Apply for a new library card

As of next term there will be new library cards for students and academic members of IALS Library. If your status as a student or academic has not changed then you can reapply for a new card, either in person or electronically, from 1st October. University of London academic staff will be sent their new card automatically. To find out more about access see If in doubt, please email our admissions team who will be happy to advise you: