Article 50 and the Role of Parliament

“Article 50 and the Role of Parliament”

 Andrew Agnew  

 Post Graduate Student at University of Dundee

1st February at 5.00 p.m.

Dalhousie Building Room 2F13
This talk will mainly focus on the provisions contained in Article 50 of The Treaty on European Union and what they mean. In the light of the decision by the Supreme Court, we also hope to provide an opportunity for discussion on the implications of the decision for Britain leaving Europe. In addition exploring the underlying issue of Constitutional Law relating to the role of Parliament and the Royal Prerogative in making decisions which has been made clearer by the Supreme Court. 
Andrew Agnew is currently studying on the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Dundee, having graduated in 2016 in dual Scots and English law. Andrew’s 4th year honours dissertation focused on the procedural mechanism of Article 50 Treaty on European Union – the withdrawal clause, under the supervision of Dr Jacques Hartmann. Alongside his studies, Andrew has undertaken placements within local government, the Civil Service and the Westminster Parliament.

Please click here to register your interest for this event.

Attorney General Jeremy Wright sets out the legal basis for British military strikes against terror targets overseas.

Attorney General Jeremy Wright today set out the legal basis for British military strikes against terror targets overseas.

He spoke in central London this evening at an event hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

His speech focused primarily on legal discussions that would taken place before action is taken in self-defence against an imminent attack and that it is important to only do this when it is neccessary and as a last resort.

To read the Attorney Generals speech published earlier this evening please click here.

Rightsblog Editor Opportunity

Rightsblog are currently seeking to recruit additional editors.

The time commitment involved in being a voluntary member of the Editorial Team is relatively light, with an online evening meeting once every two to three months and an expectation to edit and promote content in between these meetings, as well as actively seeking contributions. You will be joining a small but enthusiastic and dynamic group of editors from across the globe.
Rightsblog are particularly keen to hear from human rights practitioners, or those with experience of social media and communications strategies. The blog’s  working language is English.
Any questions can be directed to contact@rightsblog.net
More information can be found at: https://rightsblog.net/

Internship Opportunity with the ICC

The ICC is inviting applications for internships within its Prosecution Division. The internships will last between three and six months and will involve working full time.

The intern’s duties and responsibilities are listed as:

  • To conduct legal research
  • To assist in the drafting of legal filings
  • To participate in evidence analysis
  • To review documents for disclosure
  • To contribute to team meetings.

Candidates must have a law degree or be in the final stages of their legal studies at university. A very good academic record is required.

Practical experience of work relevant to the ICC is desirable, but not required.

Personal skills such as strong teamworking skills; experience of working in multicultural and multilingual environments and strong IT skills are required.

It is essential that candidates have fluency in one of the court’s working languages, those being English and French. A working knowledge of one of the court’s other official languages is desirable, those being Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish.

Further information about this opportunity can be found by following this link: http://bit.ly/2eN2MYa

The closing date for applications in 10th December 2016.

The Importance of Lawyers in a Democratic Society

Date: Thursday 10 November, 6pm-7pm

Venue: Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

 

Each year a lecture is held in memory of Jean Clark, a solicitor and the last surviving member of the Clark Family who traded as The Saxone Shoe Company. She established and funded her own charity – The Clark Foundation for Legal Education. The Foundation makes grants annually for undergraduates, graduates and lawyers to further their legal education. The grants are awarded purely on the merit of the application or the hardship of the applicant.

In this lecture, Sir Declan Morgan, the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, will discuss the importance of the legal system in the modern day, some of the challenges faced by lawyers and reflect on his own career, giving his insights into how, through everyday practice, lawyers can uphold democratic values in an ever changing society.

Overspill lecture theatres may be used.

A drinks reception will follow the lecture.

Attendance at this event is free of charge.

St Andrews Society of the State of New York Scholarship Fund

Each year Dundee University is invited to nominate one candidate for an St Andrews Society scholarship for study in the United States. For the academic year 2017-18, the St Andrews Society will offer Scholarships to the total value of $60,000 to enable Scottish graduates to study for a year in the United States. Up to two Scholarships will be offered of not less than $30,000 each.

Preference will be given to candidates who have no previous experience of the United States and for whom a period of study there can be expected to be a life-changing experience.

Selection will be on the basis of an all-round assessment, including personality and academic achievement.

The selection process is administered for the Society by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, who will appoint the Selection Committee and make recommendations to the Society. Dundee University can nominate on candidate.

Eligibility

Candidates must be Scottish by birth or descent, and will be expected to have current knowledge of Scotland and Scottish current affairs, and of the Scottish tradition generally. The Society expects its scholars to be good ambassadors for Scotland. Candidates must also be:

  •       either graduates of a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who have completed their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) not earlier than 2016;
  •      or students of a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who expect to complete their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) in 2017.

An Honours degree is not essential.

How to apply

To request an application form and further particulars, please email Alison Mackay at c.a.mackay@dundee.ac.uk

Original application required – emailed submissions will not be accepted.

Applications should NOT be submitted to the Saint Andrew’s Society or to the Carnegie Trust.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Wednesday 1st March 2017.