3003, 2015

School of Law postgraduate open day

By |March 30th, 2015|Student Life|Comments Off

A Joint Birmingham City University and FCO Youth Inspiration Group event 11 February, 2014

1103, 2015

The Blurred Lines Between Inspiration and Copyright Infringement

By |March 11th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off

By Dr. Ewan Kirk, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law

On Tuesday, the District Court of Southern California ruled that the Robin Thicke song Blurred Lines was in fact an infringement of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up. The case raises some important issues about the distinction between inspiration from previous artists and infringement […]

903, 2015

Lawyers can make a Big Bang in STEM subjects too!

By |March 9th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off

Between March 11 and 14, 2015 thousands of students, teachers, scientists, engineers, mathematicians, technology experts, academics and other professionals will attend the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. The Big Bang Fair “is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK.” The entire event is aimed […]

501, 2015

Securing a law placement – a student’s guide

By |January 5th, 2015|Student Life|Comments Off

Chanae Humes, third-year LLB (Hons) Law with American Legal Studies.

Applications can be very daunting and long-winded, but to get that training contract or vacation scheme they have to be done! Worried that you have no idea where to start or what you should be looking for? Carry on reading for my top tips!
Know when the […]

912, 2014

West Midlands Police Security Risk

By |December 9th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

By John Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology

Late last night an anonymous tip was given to West Midlands Police about a supposed plot to kidnap and kill a police officer. Rightly, a decision was made to recall officers to base and to brief them on this information. Coming on the back of an increase in the threat […]

1211, 2014

Right to Free Movement Re-Focusses on Economic Activity

By |November 12th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

An important ruling from the Court of Justice of the EU has today clarified the extent of the right of free movement for citizens of EU countries. In a case involving a Romanian citizen claiming non-contributory benefits while living in Leipzig, Germany, the Court ruled that Germany was justified in withholding those benefits from a […]

511, 2014

A summer in the city that never sleeps

By |November 5th, 2014|Student Life|Comments Off

Chanae Humes, third-year LLB (Hons) Law with American Legal Studies.
When I was at the stage of applying to university, Birmingham City University stood out because of the opportunity to complete an international internship in the United States of America. Being a cultural person, I would take any opportunity to travel throughout my legal and academic […]

3110, 2014

A summer in the ‘windy city’

By |October 31st, 2014|Student Life|Comments Off

Radha Chauhan, third-year LLB Law with American Legal Studies student
Birmingham City University operates the largest UK to US internship programme in the UK called American Legal Practice (ALP). As part of this module, I had the opportunity to intern in America for nine weeks. The ALP module is a different and unique programme offered by the […]

2110, 2014

Oscar Pistorius and “Ubuntu”: Why Judge Masipa got it right

By |October 21st, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

On Monday 13 October the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius commenced at the Pretoria High Court. Last month Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide in relation to the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was also found guilty of negligently discharging a firearm in a public place in a separate incident. Today Judge Thokozile Masipa handed […]

2708, 2014

Forensic science, firearms and finality in the criminal justice system

By |August 27th, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off

My research considers the interaction between post-conviction relief mechanisms in the USA, the application of forensic science in the criminal justice system, and the doctrine of finality. My research is inspired by work as a Fellow at the Arizona Justice Project. The Project considers claims of “manifest injustice” and “actual innocence” by Arizona inmates, and […]