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The School of Law is currently seeking two Graduate Teaching Assistants (fee waiver, maintenance grant and salary for four years) to start in January 2014.
The position is open to suitable new UK/EU and International (i.e. outside the EU) applicants. The award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only. International applicants (and those not eligible to pay UK/EU tuition fees) must demonstrate at the time of their application that they can fund the difference in tuition fee rates. Funding for this post is available for four years from 1 January 2014, and includes a £9,555 maintenance grant plus salary of £4,034 per annum and UK/EU fee waiver. Please apply through the Study with Us website.
The African Territorial Regime: Establishing its Customary Existence and Arguing for its Augmentation by a Right to Egalitarian Secession – Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed
This thesis argues that the ruling of the ICJ in the Frontier Dispute case is erroneous and that Africa indeed had created its own customary territorial regime. It clarifies how this regime was developed through African state practice over the previous fifty years of African independence and explains the changes this regime introduced in international law. Notably, it is argued that despite the neutrality of international law towards secession the African customary regime imposes blanket prohibition on secession in Africa.
The thesis studies how this rule against secession fared over the last fifty years and examines why and how it was occasionally challenged and violated. Finally an argument is advanced for recognizing a right to egalitarian secession as an exemption to the African rule and a last resort for a sub-national group dominated by another within one independent state.
Dirdeiry was involved in the Sudan peace talks that produced the agreement which gave South Sudan the right to self-determination. Currently he is a member of the team entrusted with negotiating how Sudan and South Sudan could live in peace and coexist as viable interdependent states.
Yemen’s ratification of the New York Convention: an analysis of compatibility and the uniform interpretation of Articles V(1)(A) and V(2)(B) – Wasim Al-Jerafi
Wasim’s thesis argued the significance of the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, also known as the New York Convention, as the backbone of the universal mechanism for the enforcement system of foreign arbitral awards in relation to the Yemeni context. Additionally through careful comparative analysis, he sought to evaluate the degree of compatibility between several grounds for refusal of the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards under the Convention, and the relevant principles in operation in Yemen, which are derivative from Islamic Shari 'ah law.
To improve the Yemen’s legislation on international arbitration, this thesis recommends that the Yemeni government should consider ratifying the New York Convention. This will help Yemen adopt a pro-enforcement policy towards foreign arbitral awards and establish Yemen as an arbitration-friendly jurisdiction.
Wasim was awarded a part-funded Anniversary Scholarship when he started his PhD in 2009.
He is currently working as a prosecutor at the Attorney General Office in Sana’a-Yemen and his main focus at this stage is to gain practical experience in both academia and international commercial arbitration practice.
Discussion of the Supreme Court decision in Smith, Ellis and Allbutt v MOD – Human rights and Tort liability
Monday 8 July, 2-4 pm, Jan Grodecki Room, convened by: Professor Francois du Bois
The case arose from the deaths of UK soldiers in Iraq, the UKSC holding by a majority that human rights are applicable to armed forces exterritorially under Art 1 ECHR, and that neither the claims under Art 2 ECHR nor the common-law negligence claims should be struck out. This important case is of interest to human rights/international/public lawyers and tort lawyers, not least because of the way the majority and minority deal with the relationship between human rights and tort liability in this context.
Smith, Ellis and Allbutt v MOD judgment
All are welcome!
Law won a number of categories at the inaugural University of Leicester Student Awards, a collaborative event run by the Career Development Service and the Students' Union to celebrate the achievements of the current academic year. The night began with a key note speech from Jane Esuantsiwa Goldsmith, who was the first black female President of the University of Leicester Students' Union.
Law won the following awards
- Best Course Representative, Study Abroad - Charles du Couëdic de Kerérant (Law Maitrise LLB)
- Student of the Year - Michaela Dowe-Stephenson (Law LLB)
- Volunteer of the Year (Frank May Cup) - David Roberts (Law Senior Status LLB)
- Student groups Enterprising Society of the Year - Pro Bono (Law)
Members of staff nominated by students for outstanding academic support.
- Superstar for Student Support - Beth Astington (Law)
Analysis of the Role of the ECOWAS Court in Regional Integration in West Africa – Mojeed Olujinmi A. Alabi
This thesis takes a critical look at the role that judicial institutions can play in the furtherance of regional integration in Africa. Adapting social science methodology for analysis, Dr Alabi undertakes a comprehensive examination of the law, machinery, practice and procedure of the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It appraises how the Court is shaping the dynamics of integration in West Africa; the Court contribution to the legal and constitutional framework within which ECOWAS operates; and emphasises the centrality of the Court in the harmonisation of the competing interests of the Member States.
With a PhD in Political Science and an LLM, Mojeed Alabi taught various aspects of law in Nigerian universities before starting his PhD in Law (by Distance Learning) in September 2009. Dr Alabi’s research has spanned the fields of comparative constitutionalism, political theory and legal jurisprudence, and the role of courts in national and international politics. His major research outputs in these regards include The Supreme Court in the Nigerian Political System 1963-1997 (2002), Perspectives on the Legislature in the Government of Nigeria (2010). He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution (JLCR) and the Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences (JAPSS).
Fair Trial in Lithuania: From European Convention to Realisation – Patricia Streeter
Patricia’s research undertakes an assessment of fair trial as provided for in Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Republic of Lithuania. A significant factor in her findings is the residual effect of Soviet cultural history on contemporary Lithuania’s legal system as it functions in practice. Her research was supervised by Professor Malcolm Shaw.
Patricia is a US trial attorney in Michigan, focusing on prisoner rights and criminal defense. She has served as the President of the Lithuanian-American Bar Association since 2001. Patricia has worked with legal professionals in Lithuania attending and presenting conferences and educational programs promoting the rule of law.
Constitutionalizing an Eco-Anthropocentric Ethic in Nigeria: Implications for Sustainable Development in the Niger Delta Region – Ngozi Stewart
Focusing on Nigeria's degraded Niger Delta Region, this research argued that the current legal framework on environmental protection in Nigeria is devoid of balance that characterizes Sustainable Development. Even if the laws are properly enforced, the environment in the region will be merely 'protected' and not 'preserved' for posterity. An effective way of incorporating a preservationist ethos into the current legal framework would constitutionalize nature's right to exist for posterity in Nigeria.
Ngozi has made presentations based on her research at the International Graduate Legal Research Conference (IGLRC), King's College, London; International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS) Conference, Ohio; International Union for Conservation of Natural Resources Academy of Environmental Law (IUCN/AEL) Conference, Baltimore. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, Ethics Specialist Group of IUCN.
Ngozi continues to lecture Administrative and Environmental Law at the University of Benin, Edo State in Nigeria.
Human Rights Protection for the Mentally Ill Through Mental Health Law in England and Ireland – Brendan Kelly
Brendan Kelly is senior lecturer in psychiatry at University College Dublin and consultant psychiatrist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. Brendan's interest is in the protection and promotion of the rights of individuals with mental illness, and ensuring the delivery of effective and acceptable mental health and social care. His thesis examined the human rights dimensions of mental health law in England and Ireland, and identified areas for improvement in both jurisdictions.
Brendan’s PhD adds to his doctorates in Medicine, History and Governance. Brendan has authored and co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed papers and 300 non-peer-reviewed papers, as well as various book chapters and books. He is editor-in-chief of the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine.
Law success at Leicester Student Awards
Law won a number of categories at the 2013 Leicester Student Awards.
Law won a number of categories at the inaugural University of Leicester Student Awards, a collaborative event run by the Career Development Service and the Students' Union to celebrate the achievements of the current academic year. The night began with an inspirational key note speech from Jane Esuantsiwa Goldsmith, who was the first black female President of the University of Leicester Students' Union.
Law was successful with the following awards
Best Course Representative, Study Abroad - Charles du Couëdic de Kerérant (Law Maitrise LLB)
Student of the Year - Michaela Dowe-Stephenson (Law LLB)
Volunteer of the Year (Frank May Cup) - David Roberts (Law Senior Status LLB)
Enterprising Society of the Year - Pro Bono (Law)
Staff awards for members of staff nominated by students for outstanding academic support
Superstar for Student Support - Beth Astington (Law)