Research

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Research Seminars, Public Lectures and Conferences

Annual Programme 2017-18

Week starting

Wednesdays 1.10 - 2pm

Elystan Morgan Building 1.20

(unless stated otherwise)

Thursdays 1.10 -2pm

Elystan Morgan Building 1.21

(unless stated otherwise)

25 Sept

Ann Sherlock "The Older People’s Commissioners in Wales and Northern Ireland: a comparative study"

My research project involves a comparative study of the Older People’s Commissioners in Wales and in Northern Ireland. While there has been a good deal of academic consideration of Children’s Commissioners in the UK and beyond, the more novel office of Older People’s Commissioner has received much less attention. The overall project being conducted examines a number of aspects concerning these Commissioners, including their role in dealing with individual requests for assistance and their place within the administrative justice system, and their impact on policy development. However, this seminar will focus on the establishment and governance aspects of the offices. In particular, it will raise the question of how the independence of the Commissioners may be secured while still ensuring an appropriate level of accountability. Examining the Commissioners in two jurisdictions within the UK provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the relevance of the political contexts in which they operate.

2 Oct

Wednesday 4 October

Ffion Llewelyn   ‘There’s no Place like Home’: Location and Self-defence

The law of self-defence in England and Wales has evolved to provide enhanced protection in householder cases. The implementation of section 43 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 permits the possible interpretation of ‘disproportionate force’ as ‘reasonable force’. This legislative reform presents interpretative challenges. While the case of R (on the application of Collins) v Secretary of State for Justice [2016] EWHC 33 (Admin) provides clarification regarding the intention behind the householder provision, it leaves much to be desired with regard to assessing the gradient of proportionality which operates within the ‘reasonable force’ test. This paper explores the interpretation of these terms by the court, and the subsequent affirmation of the approach taken in the case of R v Ray (Steven Jason) [2017] EWCA Crim 1391. It is argued that this was a missed opportunity to remove the layers of uncertainty surrounding the householder provision, and that greater consideration is necessary with regard to the role of ‘proportionality’ as a key indicator of reasonableness.

 

9 Oct

Wednesday 11 October

Uta Kohl  "Territory in the Information Age"

Territories do not exist. Terrain does. Mountains, woods, meadows, lakes, rivers and even towns and villages are real, but a ‘territory’ is a fiction, albeit a powerful one. ‘Territory’ is a social construct that fulfills political and economic purposes at a given time and place. From a historical perspective, it is only relatively recently that the rise of the territorial nation state has normalized and naturalized the notion of territory as a key ‘fact’ in the international and national legal orders. Against the background of the ‘territorial age’ in the 19th and 20th century where the notion of ‘state territory’ was useful for legitimizing control over physical resources, particularly in the context of colonial (territorial) expansion, this paper explores the role and usefulness of the concept in the 21st century information age, when it is information or data that has become the most valuable resource. Data is not dug up in mines, sourced from wells or grown on fields, and yet, the imaginary lines that are drawn around and indeed ‘create’ territories appear to be as powerful as ever. But are they?

 

16 Oct

 

Wednesday 18 October

Chris Harding  "A British Legend Cast as a War Criminal: Atrocity and the erasure of memory as imagined in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Buried Giant"

This discussion bases itself on a suggested framework for the investigation and explanation of atrocity offending,  emphasising the primacy of biological and psychological factors in explaining and understanding such offending, and then considering the significance of memory, and the erasure of memory, in relation to the commission of atrocity and its aftermath. It is argued that atrocity springs from natural human tendencies towards violence, aggression, hostility and suspicion towards others, and that such tendencies are moderated by ethical, social and political calculation. External circumstances, involving economic, environmental and cultural factors may act as the triggers of violence, hostility and aggression. Bearing in mind this frame of reference and discussion, it is instructive then to examine the role of memory and its erasure in both the commission and the resolution of atrocity, as both a stimulus of extreme and systematic violence and as a subsequent route to resolution, so testing the strategy of ‘forgive and forget’. The main part of the discussion will take as an example the fictional imagining of atrocity in post-Roman Britain presented in Kazuo Ishiguro’s recent work, The Buried Giant (2015).

Reimagining a legendary war hero as a war criminal (and Merlin as well), a good dose of magic realism, and the virtues of both remembering and forgetting. Or: inventing ‘magic realist criminology’.

23 Oct

 

 

30 Oct

Wednesday 1 November EM 2.50

Richard Ireland "A History of the Law (and Criminology!) in One Hundred Objects”

This seminar will address the process of the presentation of research. Drawing on an extensive personal archive of manuscripts, pictures and artefacts, the various contrasting ways of constructing a narrative to expound research findings will be examined. Members of the seminar will be able to handle the materials whilst learning how, for example, a coin can explain Land Law, or a painting can document the “penal revolution” of the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

6 Nov

Thursday 9 November

Sarah Wydall  "Homicide begins at fifty – an introduction to domestic homicide in England and Wales"

The prevalence of domestic homicide rates are increasing for those aged fifty and over. Recent Safe Lives data in England and Wales suggests 33% of recorded domestic homicides occur in the 50 years and over age-groups. This paper provides an introduction to the literature on this phenomena; risk factors, both individual and societal, trajectory and aftermath. The paper will also provide some reflections on the value of current domestic homicide reviews, detailing the strengths and limitations of current policy.

13 Nov

Wednesday 15 November EM2.50

Rsyzard Piotrowicz   “Law in Action in Azerbaijan: Ministers, Lawyers, Political Prisoners and Weird Gifts. Just Don’t Mention Armenia”

 

 20 Nov

Thursday 23 November

Kerry Lewis "A Critique of the Centralisation of Welsh Inshore Fisheries Management"

... with some recommendations for change, presenting my contributions to a report (not yet published) led by Alan Terry from UWE, with input from Blaise Bullimore (Marine Ecologist).

 

27 Nov Marco Odello

 

4 Dec

Lowri Cunnington Wynn

 
11 Dec

Ola Olusanya

 
18 Dec  Christmas  
25 Dec  Christmas  
1 Jan  Christmas  
8 Jan

 

 
15 Jan

Sofia Cavandoli

Friday, 19 January 2018: 

Law and Criminology Festival

22 Jan

Brendan Coyle

 
29 Jan

Glenys Williams

 
5 Feb

Naomi Salmon

 

 
12 Feb

Tuesday, 13 February, 6pm, International Politics Main Hall

Professor Leighton Andrews, Cardiff University

Public Lecture"Facebook, the Media and Democracy"

organised by Aberystwyth Law School and the Global Communication Research Centre

 

 Catrin Huws
19 Feb  Ruth Atkins  
26 Feb  David Poyton  
5 March  Anel Marais  
12 March  Alan Clarke  
19 March  John Williams  
26 March  Easter

 

2 April  Easter  
9 April

 Easter

 
16 April

 PhD students

 
 23 April  PhD students  
 30 April  PhD students  
7 May  PhD students  
14 May    
21 May    
28 May    
 4 June

 

 
11 June

 

 
18 June    
25 June    

Archive of Law School Research Seminars

Law School Research Expertise and Interests

Human Rights Protection


Ann Sherlock – children’s rights – human rights in the EU and ECHR

Naomi Salmon – consumer rights – the right to food

Anel Boshoff – human rights theory

Catrin Fflur Huws  - language rights and minority rights

Sofia Cavandoli  – democracy, self-determination and human rights

Uta Kohl  -  corporate human rights and abuses – human rights on the internet

Sarah Wydall – human rights and domestic violence policy development

Marco Odello – humanitarian law – International Commissions of inquiry - international human rights organisations - international law

Ryszard Piotrowicz – humanitarian law - people trafficking – refugees - migration law - international law

Chris Harding – human rights interface with criminal law

John William – the  rights of older people

Law and Society

Anel Boshoff – family and gender issues - law and language - semiotics -  law and politics

Glenys Williams – euthanasia

Rebecca Zerk - Gender-based harms, particularly domestic violence and abuse

Catrin Fflur Huws – law and theatre - law and literature - law and linguistics

Sarah Wydall  - gender-based harms

Richard Ireland – legal theory

John Williams – aging and the law

Ryszard Piotrowicz – law and gender

Criminal Justice

 

 

Kate Williams - third sector in criminal justice

Sarah Wydall - justice mechanisms

Glenys Williams – emotions in criminal law

Ffion Llewelyn – self-defence and knife crime

Jen Phipps –  criminological perspectives on the military and veterans - gender in the military - early intervention / crime prevention - reintegration of offenders - victim offender mediation - police training & education

Chris Harding – economic crime – EU criminal law

Alan Clarke – evaluation of criminal justice interventions - domestic violence and elder abuse

John Williams – elder abuse - older people in the criminal justice system

Richard Ireland - history of criminal justice

Ola Olusanya– international crimes – war and veterans –criminological theory – theoretical integration in criminology – punishment - race and crime

Ryszard Piotrowicz – human trafficking and human smuggling

Rebecca Zerk - Crimes against older people and justice seeking remedies -  victims experiences in the adversial process

Brendan Coyle - young adults in contact with the criminal justice system - desistance from crime - arts interventions

Welsh Affairs

Catrin Fflur Huws – Welsh language rights - bilingual law making and statutory interpretation

Kerry Lewis – nature conservation in Wales - planning and devolution

Ann Sherlock – devolution – Commissioners and Ombudsmen in Wales – implementation of children’s rights in Wales

Glenys Williams – health care in rural Wales

Richard Ireland  - Welsh penal history

John Williams – social care and devolution

Global Commerce

Ruth Atkins– intellectual property law

Uta Kohl –  regulation of transnational corporations - company law

Chris Harding – cartel regulation

Technology and Society

Uta Kohl – internet governance - internet jurisdiction - intermediary liability

Rebecca Zerk - the use and misue of technology in young people’s intimate relationships (developing and maintaining relationships, sexting, coercive control, monitoring and survelliance)

Naomi Salmon – regulation of biotechnology and nanotechnology

Ruth Atkins – electronic commerce

Environment and Food Policy

Sofia Cavandoli – the environment and human rights

Naomi Salmon – national and international food security, sustainability and governance

Kerry Lewis – nature conservation and environmental protection

Gerald Schaefer – environmental protection during armed conflicts

Governance and Constitutional Studies

Anel Boshoff – governance and gender equality

Sarah Wydall – research ethics and qualitative methodologies

Nathan Gibbs – constitutional theory - history of legal theory - comparative law

Chris Harding – governance and criminal law

If you are interested in completing research in an area not mentioned here, please also get in touch as this list is indicative only.

Research Centres and Projects

The Law School Research Student Activities

Aberystwyth Law School Postgraduate Conference

Aberystwyth Law School Postgraduate Conference is a student led endeavour which aims to enhance research, learning and discussion as well as to provide networking opportunities in a friendly and supportive environment. We aim to be an informal/relaxing environment for student researchers to begin their conference journey and to develop their research.

Undergraduates are also encouraged to attend the conference so that they can experience a postgraduate environment and enhance any research interests they may have.

The conference is held annually and to find out more and keep up to date about the next conference, visit our website, social media sites or email us.

Website or Facebook

Twitter: @AberLawConf Email: lc-pgconf@aber.ac.uk

Past conference titles:

2017: ‘The Interwoven Relationship of Law and Media’

2016: ‘Changing Law…Changing Society?’

 

Law PhD Students Podcast on Legal Topics

Two of our PhD students, Megan and Linda are podcasting to relate legal topics for lay people. It is their aim to demonstrate how the Law is relevant and interesting outside of University walls while making it accessible to the general public.

Please scrawl through the below soundcloud options for available interviews.

https://soundcloud.com/lawstories

 

Aberystywth Law School PG Blogging Website

The website gives students at Aberystwyth’s Law School a space to share their work and their experiences, not only to support their own development, but also to encourage public and academic engagement, and even to bring other PG students (from other institutions) together in our experiences.

Equally, the website also plays host to the “LawStories” podcast where you will hear relevant and/or interesting law related stories, facts and discussions from experts in an accessible manner.

Please see out About Us section for future information on the purpose of this website, and see our current blog posts to get you started.

https://abersprimafacie.wordpress.com/home/