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    How should we deal with child sex dolls and robots?

    Dr Bela Chatterjee writes about her current research on a developing legal issue.

  • Combats, the A-Team and a note on sexuality

    Dr Bela Chatterjee reflects on the welcoming culture for students that we pride ourselves on in the Law School.

  • Conducting Comparative Law Research

    Lancaster Law School has recently joined the British Association of Comparative Law (BACL) and will host the BACL Postgraduate Workshop in 2019. Here, Lancaster’s BACL representative, Dr Mary Guy, writes about her experience of conducting comparative law research for her PhD.

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    Brexit and English Choice of Court Agreements: A Survey of the Post-Referendum Legal Landscape

    This blog post has benefited from the feedback received following the author’s presentation at the "Changes and Challenges in Cross-Border Litigation - A Post-Referendum View from the UK" conference on 7 October 2016 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. A research paper on the topic under consideration will also appear in the forthcoming Special Brexit issue of the European Business Law Review.

  • Worker Status and Uber: understanding when a worker is a worker

    There has been a significant rise in recent years in the use of “on demand” services (often referred to as the “gig economy”), fuelled in part by the development in technology making such services widely available and easy to use, and the desire for flexible services to be arranged around busy lifestyles. The most recognisable provider in this sector is Uber.

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    Lord Justice Ryder Law School Lecture - 'The Context of Change'

    The Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of the Tribunals delivered a lecture at the Law School on 'The Context of Change' on Friday 28th October 2016.

  • Conflict Prevention and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    Dr Amanda Cahill Ripley presents research at key human rights and conflict events in Geneva.

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    Britain has left the EU: Message from the Head of School

    The decision by the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union is one of the most dramatic decisions taken in recent years. The decision has undoubtedly created a degree of uncertainty, not least because it will take several years for the full implications of this to be resolved.

  • United Nations Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems

    I recently had the chance to visit the United Nations Office at Geneva, with some funding from Lancaster University Law School (my PhD is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership). I was there to observe the Informal Meeting of Experts 2016 on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS), which is discussed under the auspices of the Certain Conventional Weapons Convention (CCW).

  • Some thoughts on the Philippines/China arbitration and the future of the South China Sea disputes

    The Philippines/China arbitration has entered its final phase. The Arbitral Tribunal established under Annex V of the Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC) delivered its award on jurisdiction and admissibility on 29th October 2015, and the merits hearing was concluded on 30th November. The award on remaining issues of jurisdiction and the merits is expected in 2016.