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The Times Good University Guide 2018

As well as institutional ranking, The Sunday Times and the The Times have identified the centres of excellence within each of 67 subject areas. The subject rankings are based on student opinion on teaching quality and their wider university experience, combined with the outcomes of the 2014 research assessments, graduate job prospects and course entry standards.

Good news for Law at Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth Law School is ranked 21st of 100 providers in the UK by the Times Subject table for law (September 2017)
  • Ranked 11th in the UK for Law by the Economist with graduate earnings boosted by £3,700 compared to expected earnings.

Courses included:

LLB (Hons) Law

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology (100% overall students satisfaction in the survey)

LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations

LLB (Hons) Law with Business

 

Example of student feedback in the National Student Survey 2017:

"The facilities provided on the course such as the law court simulation room are excellent and prepare you well for practice".

 

From the University of Portsmouth to Mayer Brown

James England studied Law with Business at the University of Portsmouth in 2014 and is due to start at Mayer Brown in March 2018. Read more.

 

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Association of Law Teachers' 52nd Annual Conference hosted by the School of Law at the University of Portsmouth

The School of Law and Portsmouth Business School hosted the Association of Law Teachers' 52nd Annual Conference on 10-11 April 2017.  Over 150 delegates from around 60 Higher Education Institutions from 7 countries and from sponsoring publishers attended to discuss the foundations and futures of legal education across 70 parallel sessions.  Keynote talks included those by Michael Mansfield QC, who wove his experiences of https://www.sossilenceofsuicide.org/ and landmark cases together to show the importance of empowering individuals to take control and ask questions, and Prof Lisa Webley, Law Teacher of the Year 2016, who delivered an inspiring presentation encouraging delegates to align their practice with their values and develop growth mindsets through the law curriculum.  A selection of slides and recordings – including Lisa Webley’s keynote - will be available here: http://www.port.ac.uk/school-of-law/school-events/association-of-law-teachers-conference-2017/ and via http://www.lawteacher.ac.uk/events.asp. A Storify of the conference is available at: https://storify.com/jamesahand/altlaw17-10-11-april-2017/ and conference photographs can be seen at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/iglrc2009/sets/72157679166481174

Landmark case upholds people's right to leave money to whomever they choose

Analysis by Juliet Brook of a landmark court ruling upholding people's rights to leave money in their will to whomever they choose.  Read more.

The saga of Anders Breivik's prison conditions puts European democracy in the spotlight

Panos Kapotas, University of Portsmouth

Norway is not violating the rights of mass murderer Anders Breivik by keeping him in solitary confinement, according to an appeal ruling on March 1. The Conversation

The Borgarting Court of Appeal in Oslo delivered its much awaited judgment on the latest chapter of the legal challenge by Breivik, who killed 77 people in two terrorist acts in Norway in 2011. The appeals court overturned an earlier decision of the Oslo District Court and ruled that the conditions of Breivik’s detention have not violated his rights under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which prohibits torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The Court of Appeal said it was necessary to keep Breivik in solitary confinement and for guards to use handcuffs on him and conduct body searches. It was satisfied that there was risk of violence both from Breivik and against him from other inmates. It said that extensive measures had been taken to compensate for his lack of companionship and that there was an absence of evidence of substantial damage to his mental health due to prolonged isolation.

What is necessary

It is significant that two Norwegian courts have now reached different conclusions about Breivik’s rights under the ECHR. In the original ruling, the Oslo District Court did not doubt that Breivik remained a dangerous ultra-right wing extremist, nor that his detention conditions were generally “good”. But the court was not convinced that the continuous solitary confinement was “strictly necessary” or that adequate measures had been taken to compensate for Breivik’s lack of social interaction.

In the latest ruling, however, the Borgarting Court of Appeal, seems to have placed more emphasis on the fact that Breivik remains apparently remorseless and “strongly affected by his right-wing extremist political universe”. The appeal judges considered it impossible for prison authorities to predict whether and when Breivik may resort to violence again. As such, they ruled that comprehensive security measures including solitary confinement were necessary in view of “strong societal considerations”.

Both Norwegian courts, then, have essentially looked at how necessary the conditions of Breivik’s detention are in order to determine whether they are unlawful. This will depend on the circumstances of each individual case, taking into account the severity of the measure, its duration, and the effect on the prisoner’s well-being.

Apparently similar detention conditions, therefore, can be found to violate Article 3 of the Convention in some circumstances but not in others.

The European Court of Human Rights has been clear that legal opinion on whether treatment is “inhuman” or “degrading” is relative, and depends on all the circumstances of the case. It should not be surprising, therefore, that a slight difference in the weighting of relevant factors has produced different outcomes.  Read the full original article.

Panos Kapotas, Senior Lecturer, School of Law , University of Portsmouth

This article was originally published on The Conversation.

School of Law Networking lunch

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On the 8th December Paul Hayes, Pro-Vice Chancellor alongside the staff and students at the University Of Portsmouth School Of Law, General Legal Advice Clinic were delighted to welcome guests from the local legal and voluntary sector, together with the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr. Ken Ellcome, and Flick Drummond MP, to a special lunch celebrating the continued success and growth of the General Legal Advice Clinic. Now in its third year, the annual lunch provides students with a unique opportunity to network with local solicitors, barrister’s chambers and other providers of advice. The event allows our valued partners to find out more about the type of work that the students are taking part in as advisers in the clinic, and reinforces the strong relationships that have developed between us since the clinic originally launched in 2013.

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Guests including District Judge Simon Veysey, Alex from Stokes Solicitors, Hayley Gow from Bernard Chill & Axtell, Faye and Jessica from Churchers Bolitho Way and Tristan Thwaites from Guildhall Chambers, were among the many guests who were keen to talk with students to learn more about our newly launched legal help service at the Somerstown Community Hub, as well as our new Small Claims Clinic, which will provide advice and support to litigants in person.

We would sincerely like to thank all of our guests for coming along and for all of the support that they have provided to us over the last 3 years.

Women and Equalities Select Committee

Dr Panos Kapotas, School of Law recently gave evidence to a session of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee, inquiry into ensuring strong equalities legislation after the EU exit, alongside Professor Sandra Fredman (Oxford), Karon Monaghan QC (Matrix Chambers) and Professor Salvinder Juss (KCL).

Team of four students from UCL, LSE Leicester and Portsmouth crowned the most commercially aware wannabe lawyers in Britain

The wannabe lawyers emerged from a field of 774 entrants to bag first place the UK Commercial Awareness competition, run by diversity network Aspiring Solicitors. Read more

Portsmouth Law students in top ten

It’s a double celebration for the University of Portsmouth which has produced two finalists in the national Future Legal Mind competition. Students in the School of LawCharlotte Jose and Ryan Pledge, have beaten more than 1,000 entrants to win a place in the top ten. They are now in the running for a cash prize and a work placement at law firm Simpson Millar, having wowed the award’s judges with their essays on the future of legal services for firms and consumers.  Read more

The Times Good University Guide 2018

As well as institutional ranking, The Sunday Times and the The Times have identified the centres of excellence within each of 67 subject areas. The subject rankings are based on student opinion on teaching quality and their wider university experience, combined with the outcomes of the 2014 research assessments, graduate job prospects and course entry standards.

Good news for Law at Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth Law School is ranked 21st of 100 providers in the UK by the Times Subject table for law (September 2017)
  • Ranked 11th in the UK for Law by the Economist with graduate earnings boosted by £3,700 compared to expected earnings.

Courses included:

LLB (Hons) Law

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology (100% overall students satisfaction in the survey)

LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations

LLB (Hons) Law with Business

 

Example of student feedback in the National Student Survey 2017:

"The facilities provided on the course such as the law court simulation room are excellent and prepare you well for practice".

 

University of Portsmouth legal advice clinic

Free Legal Advice is open to University students, employees and the wider Portsmouth community. Run by Level 6 law students and supervised by a practising solicitor, this is a popular service, having advised over 130 clients last year. For all enquiries and to request an appointment, please email: advice@port.ac.uk or call 02392 844114.