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Major programme of mock jury research

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Researchers from the School of Law at the University of Glasgow are about to embark on what will be the largest study of mock jury decision making ever undertaken in the UK. Professor James Chalmers and Professor Fiona Leverick are part of a team of researchers who have been commissioned by the Scottish Government to… Continue reading

No, “not proven” did not come first

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The Scottish Government’s announcement of a two year programme of jury research, which we are delighted to be carrying out along with Ipsos MORI Scotland and Vanessa Munro of the University of Warwick, has yet again brought Scots law’s unusual “not proven” verdict to public attention. One particular aspect of this debate is frustrating. For… Continue reading

The Sir Gerald Gordon Seminar on Criminal Law

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Report by Professor Fiona Leverick, School of Law: On 13 June 2017, the annual Sir Gerald Gordon seminar on criminal law took place at the University of Glasgow, supported by the Clark Foundation for Legal Education and the Faculty of Advocates, and attended by Sir Gerald himself. The seminar is now in its ninth year.… Continue reading

On civil remedies and the crime of rape

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The decision in the case of DC v DG & DR which was published last Tuesday is potentially of huge significance for the Scots law of rape. The facts were that DC alleged that she had been raped, while extremely drunk, by two professional footballers on 2nd January 2011. She reported the incident to the… Continue reading

The Leverhulme Trust: “Collections” Scholarships

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Collections: an Enlightenment Pedagogy for the 21st Century It is well known that in the three hundred years since the Enlightenment, knowledge worldwide has made giant steps – but that at the same time, this knowledge has become compartmentalised. Increasingly narrow specialisms deliver insight and technological advances – at a price. Knowledge reflects depth, but… Continue reading

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

On Zombie Legislation

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Two weeks ago saw the Scottish Parliament vote in favour of repealing the much-criticised Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (S) Act 2012. While the vote is merely advisory, and for now the Scottish Government have undertaken to review the legislation, it creates an interesting new category of ‘zombie’ legislation. It has not yet… Continue reading

Schrödinger’s pardon: the difficulties of the Turing Bill

Published on: Author: James Chalmers 1 Comment

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

The Sir Gerald Gordon Seminar on Criminal Law

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On 9 June 2016, the annual Sir Gerald Gordon seminar on criminal law took place at the University of Glasgow, supported by the Clark Foundation for Legal Education and the Faculty of Advocates, and attended by Sir Gerald himself. Sir Gerald Gordon CBE QC LLD has been one of the most influential figures in Scottish… Continue reading

GFSL: The Process of Law Reform in Criminal Evidence and Procedure

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The next meeting of the Glasgow Forum for Scots Law will take place at on Wednesday 24 February at 3.30pm The Process of Law Reform in Criminal Evidence and Procedure Professors James Chalmers and Fiona Leverick will discuss the various law reform projects that have taken place relating to Scottish evidence law and procedure, from the… Continue reading