Posts by James Chalmers

Gordon Seminar on Criminal Law 2017: Postgraduate Call for Papers

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The ninth annual Gerald Gordon Seminar on Criminal Law will be held at the University of Glasgow on Tuesday 13 June 2017, supported by the Clark Foundation for Legal Education and the Faculty of Advocates. Speakers will include the following: Professor Peter Alldridge (Queen Mary) Dr Kevin Brown (Queen’s University Belfast) Ilona Cairns (Aberdeen) Professor… Continue reading

Schrödinger’s pardon: the difficulties of the Turing Bill

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The last few days have seen some confusion over the law relating to historic convictions for consensual gay sex. First, the government announced that it would accept an amendment (proposed by the Lib Dem peer Lord Sharkey, and referred to as the “Sharkey amendment”), granting pardons to people convicted of such offences. Then a Private… Continue reading

Academic vacancies in the School of Law

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The School of Law welcomes applications for the following academic posts: Senior Lecturer/Reader in Intellectual Property and Internet Law Lecturer in Commercial Law Lecturer in International Law The closing date for all three vacancies is 17 January 2016. Interviews are scheduled for 12 February 2016 (Senior Lecturer/Reader in Intellectual Property and Internet Law), 17 February… Continue reading

Abolishing the “not proven” verdict

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The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is currently considering the Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill, the latest attempt to abolish Scotland’s peculiar “not proven” verdict. We have submitted evidence to the committee in support of abolishing that verdict, in the following terms. Justice Committee Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill Written submission from James Chalmers and Fiona Leverick Thank… Continue reading

The decision in the Carmichael election petition

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Public interest in the summary of the election court’s decision in the Carmichael case means that the Judiciary of Scotland website has temporarily become unresponsive. I’ve copied the text of the summary below for those who are interested. UPDATE (12.10pm). The judgment was published at 12 noon but seems now to have become inaccesible. I’ve… Continue reading

Gordon Seminar on Criminal Law 2016: Postgraduate Call for Papers

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The eighth annual Gerald Gordon Seminar in Criminal Law will be held at the University of Glasgow on Thursday 9 June 2016. Speakers will include the following: Dr Kevin Brown (Queen’s University Belfast) Professor Pamela Ferguson (Dundee) Dr Matt Gibson (Liverpool) Professor John Jackson (Nottingham) Professor Nicola Lacey (LSE) Dr Hannah Quirk (Manchester) As in… Continue reading

Glenn Gould and the case for moral rights in sound recordings

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On the IPKat blog, Mira T. Sundara Rajan writes about one of the most gifted musicians of our generation and an interesting issue in moral rights: “[October 4] is the 33rd anniversary of the death of Glenn Gould – Canadian pianist and musician extraordinaire, who died in 1982, at the premature age of fifty. One… Continue reading

Criminal Law seminars at Glasgow, November-December 2015

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      The School’s Criminal Law Forum will host three research seminars by visiting speakers in the first semester of the 2015/16 academic year, as follows: Wednesday 4 November Neha Jain, Associate Professor of Law and Lampert-Felser Research Fellow, University of Minnesota “Judicial law-making in international criminal law” 3.30-5pm, Room 222, Stair Building Wednesday… Continue reading

Thirty Metres of Murder: Alistair Carmichael Not In Court

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“It’s quite unique to see a murder which you’re investigating on the silver screen. It’s just a shame the camera was pointing in the wrong direction.”– Kerstin Ekman, Thirty Metres of Murder Thanks to a combination of delayed flights and lost luggage on Sunday night after attending the European Law Institute conference in Vienna, I… Continue reading