12 April 2017
Winchester Law academic gives expert comment on high-profile High Court case
On 6 April, Lecturer in Law Emma Nottingham (photo) was invited to give expert comment on BBC Five Live on the case of the severely ill baby Charlie Gard. Charlie, who has a rare genetic condition, is at Great Ormond Street hospital in London, where doctors recommend withdrawing life support as the eight month old is likely to be in pain. His parents however want their baby to undergo experimental treatment in the US. The case went all the way to the High Court. Emma commented on the disagreement between the doctors and Charlie's parents. She explained the focal point of the issue, which is to ascertain what is in Charlie's best interests and to weigh up the potential benefit of continuing treatment against the pain and suffering that Charlie might be enduring. Following the judge's decision on the 11th that doctors can withdraw life support, she also appeared on various other local and national BBC radio stations as well as BBC Breakfast to discuss the outcome of the case.
Emma Nottingham is a specialist in family law and child law. Find out more about Emma.
3 May 2017: Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law (TRILCon)
Organised by the Departments's Centre for Information Rights. This year's theme was 'Information Artificial and De-Personalised Decision-Making: Machine-Learning, A.I. and Drones'. Featuring Keynote Speakers Professor Katie Atkinson, Head of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool and John McNamara, IBM Senior Inventor. Find out more about TRILCon 2017
10 January 2017, 17.30: Big Data: who's in control? A free talk by writer, comedian and broadcaster Timandra Harkness
Timandra Harkness is author of Big Data: Does Size Matter? and a Visiting Fellow in Big Data, Information Rights and Public Engagement at the University.
2016 News and Events
Generation Z (the cohort of people born after the Millennials, or Generation Y) will soon be in the university classroom. Is there anything really that different about Z’s and if so, what does it mean, if anything, for how they learn about law?
27 April 2016: Third Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law (TRILCon)
Organised by the Departments's Centre for Information Rights. The theme was 'Information is power'. Featuring Keynote Speakers Renate Samson, Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch, and Professor Sir David Omand GCB, former Director of GCHQ.
17 February 2016: Inaugural Lecture by Professor Anat Scolnicov: (Old) Brave New World: religion and human rights in international law in the 21st century
Reconciling the conflict between sovereign states, the
international community and religions over the protection of human
rights is one of the greatest challenges facing the international
community today. The conflict between state
authority and religious influence has historical roots, but raises
novel, and ever more complex, legal questions in the new global society. In her inaugural lecture, Prof. Scolnicov asked how
international law, as well as state law, can rise to the challenge of
upholding protection of human rights within multi-religious (as well as
non-religious) societies. Drawing on examples
ranging from gender discrimination and protection of
women's rights to the rights of religious minorities,shee examined the role both domestic
courts and international institutions can play in resolving this
14 Oct. 2016
Winchester Law welcomed The Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond
Guest Lecture by Baroness Hale: The Life of a Lady Law Lord
On Friday 14 October 2016, Winchester Law welcomed The Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of The UK Supreme Court. Lady Hale shared with our students a fascinating insight into her career, and how she became one of the country’s most senior figures within the judiciary. Growing up in Yorkshire and raised primarily by her mother, Lady Hale explained she would have studied history had her School not advised against it. Eventually opting to read law at Cambridge, she soon found that the law became her passion. It was clear that Baroness Hale was destined to break down boundaries in a legal profession she describes as still dominated by the ‘quadrangle boys’. These are those who reach the profession by progressing from the quadrangles of their public schools and Oxbridge colleges to thrive in the quadrangles at the Inns of Court.
After coming first in her year at Bar School, Baroness Hale started her legal career as an academic at The University of Manchester. During her time in Manchester, Lady Hale established the Journal of Social Welfare Law, which is still successfully publishing important academic work, under its current title The Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. She then became the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, where she developed ground-breaking legislation, including the Children Act 1989. Baroness Hale reminisced about how her time at the Law Commission helped change and develop the law.
It was this experience as an academic and law reformer that led to Baroness Hale’s judicial career. Starting as a recorder (a part-time judge), Baroness Hale became the first academic to be appointed as a full-time judge, sitting in the Family Division of the High Court. Her work here led to her appointment as a Lady Justice in the Court of Appeal, before finally becoming the first woman to be appointed to the highest appeal court in the UK, the House of Lords, which is now the Supreme Court.
Baroness Hale's lecture focussed on some key cases that help shaped the law and what factors she took into consideration when in her judgments. In particular, she referred to the Supreme Court’s decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Authority  UKSC 11 as well as her earlier decisions on failed sterilisations when sitting in the Court of Appeal.
Students had the opportunity to ask Baroness Hale questions. Her answers yielded invaluable career advice which inspired and motivated students to think about their futures. Further insightful questioning led to a discussion on Lady Hale’s dissenting opinions, with her opinion in McDonald  UKSC 33 standing out. This case has particular meaning to Lady Hale, as it demonstrates the difference in thinking between male and female judges.
Her passion for diversity came through her speech; she shared her hopes that over the next few years, the Supreme Court will appoint judges who represent something other than the background of 'quadrangle boys'. Although voted by Radio 4's Woman's Hour as the fourth most powerful women in the country, Lady Hale humbly admitted that she didn’t feel that powerful. After all, her power lies in convincing her male counterparts into her line of thinking.
27 Sept. 2016
Department's Big Data expert interviewed on BBC Radio 4
Earlier this month, Marion Oswald, Director of the Department's Centre for Information Rights, discussed her idea for a new model based around the misuse of the online persona, in the BBC Radio 4 documentary The Online Identity Crisis.
2015 News and events
11 Nov. 2015
2016 Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law (TRILCon)
The Centre for Information Rights' Third Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law, took place on 27 April 2016. Open to academics, postgraduate students, policy-makers and practitioners, TRILCon 2016 revolved around the theme 'Information is Power'.
Law department celebrates 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta
On 30 Sept. 2015, the Law Department's Centre for Information Rights was delighted to present this event in collaboration with the High Sheriff of Hampshire. The focus wason the origins of the Magna Carta and its impact on shaping human rights in the UK to date and in the future.
10 June 2015
Student research reaches Spain's 'Number 10'
Research by two Winchester Law students and their supervising professor has attracted the attention of Spain’s political elite. Find out more.
Winchester lawyer to appear at Cheltenham Science Festival 2015
13 May 2015
On 4th June, Marion Oswald, solicitor and Head of the University's Centre for Information Rights (CIR), was part of a panel discussing issues surrounding data protection during the session 'Big Data or Big Brother?' at the Cheltenham Science Festival. The session was chaired by BBC Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.
Law students awarded silver