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Activities at BCIL

As part of the Law School, BCIL’s activities support the teaching of International and European modules offered at undergraduate level, as well as our rich array of International Masters programmes, and also our substantial number of PhD students. We organize and host public lectures, workshops and other special events that present BCIL’s areas of interest not just to our students, but also our local community in Bangor, North Wales and beyond that. BCIL has already been collaborating with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, the United Nations Association, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the British Institute of Human Rights, and Amnesty International.

Events in 2016-2017

“Privacy, Human Rights and the Media”: His Honour Judge Jeremy Roberts QC

Date / time: Thursday 24 November 2016 (2.00-3.30 pm)
Venue: Moot Courtroom (Hen Goleg 1.11)

As well as being a former Old Bailey judge and current member of the Parole Board, he was also a member of the Press Complaints Commission from 2011-2014. Judge Roberts’s talk will cover how the law relating to the right to privacy and the tort of breach of confidence has changed over the past 30 years, with particular reference to the impact of human rights law. It promises to be a most fascinating lecture, and will be followed by a ‘mini-moot’, in which some of our students will argue some of the main issues that arise in this area of law (namely, the type of information covered by a reasonable expectation of privacy; whether the right to private life covers people going about their daily lives, and whether gossip stories fit under the ‘public interest’ test) on behalf of opposing parties in a fictional privacy case.

“Of Puffins and Penguins, Preventing Intellectual Property Infringements": Mr Jonty Gordon, Solicitor, Swayne Johnson

Date/Time:  Thursday 24th November 2016 (6.15pm)

Venue: Alun 1.01 

Biography

Mr Gordon is a commercial lawyer with the law firm, Swayne Johnson. His work mainly involves handling the disputes and conflicts that organisations encounter.  This often involves undertaking litigation vigorously but also involves finding commercial and practical solutions, albeit in highly contentious situations. Mr Gordon has considerable experience in  Intellectual Property matters, both contentious and non-contentious, and uses his experience in resolving disputes to ensure rights are asserted, protected and exploited appropriately.

Abstract

The lecture will discuss the law and practicalities surrounding the tort of passing off (infringement of an unregistered trade mark). A brief explanation of passing off will be given and then the seminal United Biscuits v Asda case will be used to explain the ‘classic trinity’ (goodwill, misrepresentation and damage) in some detail. The case will also be used to give a practical explanation of the Court’s findings in that case with reference to physical packaging. The lecture will cover recent developments in the field of passing off, to include the rulings on Play Dough/Play-Doh, Moroccan/Miracle Oil, Anheuser-Busch, and, George East Housewares. Some practical examples of passing off will be discussed and the speaker will outline the principal remedies and defences to the tort.

Copyright Law developments and challenges for music rightholders”: Dr. Elena Blobel, Senior Legal Advisor, IFPI

Date/time: Tuesday 29th November 2016 (11am)

Venue: Alun 0.01

Biography

Elena Blobel is a Senior Legal Adviser in the Litigation and Legal Affairs department at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).  While at IFPI, she has reviewed and commented on proposed legislation in a number of countries with a particular focus on rights of sound recording producers and protection against digital piracy.  Before joining IFPI in 2011, she worked for the regional government of Brandenburg in Germany in the policy department for media law and she was for many years a research assistant at the Erich Pommer Institute at Potsdam University conducting research in the area of copyright law and public and private media law.  She holds a doctoral degree from University of Potsdam, law degrees from Humboldt University Berlin and University Paris II Assas (Licence and Maîtrise en droit), and qualified as a lawyer in 2007 (second state exam).

Abstract

There have been exciting developments at EU level with new copyright legislation being proposed and court decisions having a significant impact on current law. Dr Blobel’s lecture  will provide an update from the music industry’s perspective on major developments and will cover issues generally related to copyright protection and enforcement online, including aspects of “linking” following the Court of Justice’s decisions in the “Sanoma”, “Svensson” and “Bestwater” cases and website blocking ruling. Other issues to be covered include:  the  “Value Gap” which addresses the legal uncertainties around user-uploaded content sites,  hosting provider liability and notice and takedown procedures which are part of the ISP “safe harbours” under the E-Commerce Directive. Dr Blobel will also examine the issue of what more needs to be done to better protect copyright online by finding the right balance for all stakeholders involved, intermediaries, ISPs, right holders, consumers and students.

“Migrant norms of trade mark law”: Professor Alison Firth (Newcastle University Law School)

Date/time: Tuesday 6th December, 2016
Venue: Alun 0.01

Using legal texts as a marker, one may trace the transfer of trade mark norms from Europe via WTO TRIPs to the other side of the world: New Zealand. To be effectively ‘transplanted’, however, the legal (or political) norm embodied in text must mesh into local context, and lend itself to effective administrative and judicial action in that system. The norm’s fate in the country of reception can be described in term of adoption, adaptation, resistance or rejection (Bjorkdahl et al, 2015). Examples of all these responses may be found in the case of trade mark norms. Furthermore, norms may be re-transmitted: other treaties may act as ‘vectors’ for the onward transmission of trade mark norms. (Viral transmission of genetic code may be a better analogy for this process than surgical transplant of an organ.) The process may eventually result in a modified norm being received by the originating legal system.

“To sue or not to sue post Brexit?”: Ms Tina Ranales-Cotos (Barrister, Kings Chambers, Manchester)

Postponed until 2017

Tina Ranales-Cotos is a barrister practicing from Kings Chambers, Manchester. She was called to the bar in 1999, after a pupillage at Monckton Chambers, London, one of the leading anti-trust and competition law sets in the UK after a stint working in Brussels at the European Commission, DGIV Competition. Tina has established a thriving commercial chancery practice from Kings Chambers, Manchester. She specializes in interim injunctive relief work in the High Court in the field of business restraint including confidentiality, post termination restraints, passing off and trade mark infringement. She regularly appears in front of High Court Judges both in the Royal Court of Justice, London and in the provinces on behalf of national and international clients.

The talk will focus on the practical and procedural aspects of interim injunctive relief work including worldwide freezing injunctions, search and seize orders and prohibitive and mandatory interim relief, with an emphasis on the latest developments in the field of business restraint work, including the new EU Trade Mark Regulation, the introduction of the Fast-Track and Collective Proceedings in the Competition Appeals Tribunal and the new privacy laws in the context of so called “super” injunctions.

The talk will also include a brief overview of the key changes and the consequences of Brexit for businesses operating in the UK, as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU, with an emphasis on competition and anti-trust, employment and intellectual property law.

 

Events in 2015-2016

  • BCIL Movie Club: “Argo”

    Tuesday 6 October, 6pm, Alun 1.01
    Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. The Tehran Hostages crisis was the subject of a 1980 International Court of Justice decision. We will discuss the international law aspects of the movie after its screening. 

    BCIL Movie Club: “Life is Beautiful”

    Tuesday 20 October, 6pm, Alun 1.01
    When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. We will discuss the international law aspects of the movie after its screening. 

    "50 Years of ICERD": Dr. David Keane, Associate Professor of Law, Middlesex University

    Monday 26 October, 6-7 pm, Alun 0.01
    The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) was adopted for signature on 21 December 1965. ICERD is the first international human rights treaty, and the first major instrument of international law in which newly independent States following decolonisation participated and played a leading and decisive role.

    This talk will critically assess ICERD and its achievements, 50 years on. It will look back at the drafting history, identifying in the early debates the tensions that continue to arise. It will outline the ‘expansionist’ approach that CERD has taken since its founding, including the resultant stalemate on questions such as caste that the Committee is encountering today. It ask whether the next 50 years will see broader State acceptance of the meaning of CERD’s role, as the understanding of racial discrimination moves from its early roots in colonialism and apartheid to the wider sense today.

    Collecting Societies and developments at EU level in the field of collecting societies: Mr Richard Combes, Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, London

    Thursday 29 October, 5pm, Alun 2.01

    BCIL Movie Club: “Hotel Rwanda”

    Tuesday 3 November, 6pm, Alun 1.01
    The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. We will discuss the international law aspects of the movie after its screening. 

    Launch of the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People at Bangor

    Tuesday, 17 November, 1pm
    In collaboration with Swansea University, Bangor will be the North Wales home of Wales’s leading Children’s Rights project, the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People. The Observatory@Bangor will be launched by Professor Sally Holland, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales. For more information, contact wales.observatory@bangor.ac.uk

    BCIL Movie Club: “Hannah Arendt”

    Tuesday 17 November, 6pm, Alun 1.01
    A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. We will discuss the international law aspects of the movie after its screening. 

    Bangor Law School: EU Day

    Wednesday 18 November, 2pm, venue TBC

    • Professor Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law, University of Liverpool Law School
    • Professor Dermot Cahill, Head of Bangor Law School and holder of the Chair in Commercial Law
    • Dr Mark Hyland, Law Lecturer at Bangor Law School and Joint Director of the Bangor Centre for International Law
    • Mr Brian Jones, Bangor Business School
    • The Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Minister of State for Europe
    • His Excellency, Dr Ivan Grdešić, Croatian Ambassador to the UK speaking on Croatia's recent accession to the EU and his country's experiences since joining the EU on 1st July 2013

    Judge Fidelma Macken (formerly judge at the CJEU and Irish Supreme Court) and Professor Antoon Quaedvlieg (the Law Faculty, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands)

    Friday 20 November, 5pm
    Joint Bangor Law School/British Literary Artistic and Copyright Association (BLACA) Seminar on the theme of the Unification of EU Copyright Law.

    "Legal Responsibility for Migrants at Sea: A Comparison of Europe and Asia": Dr. Bríd Ní Ghráinne, Lecturer in Law, Sheffield University

    Monday 30 November, 12-1 pm, Lecture Room 3, Main Arts
    Obscured by the media focus on migrant trafficking in the Mediterranean, the plight of migrants fleeing Burma and Bangladesh by sea has passed largely unremarked by western politicians until relatively recently. This crudely-termed game of ‘human ping-pong’ involved the Thai, Malaysian, and Indonesian authorities turning back boatloads of people, leaving about 6,000 people stranded at sea. Many on board the ships are members of Burma’s minority Rohingya population, who lack citizenship, endure systematic discrimination, have limited access to education and healthcare, and cannot move around freely. Arguably, therefore, many of these people are refugees in the sense of the 1951 Refugee Convention.

    This paper will undertake a comparative analysis of the Mediterranean migrant crisis and the situation in the Andaman Sea. First, it will compare the nature of the respective problems in terms of numbers and reasons for flight. Secondly, it will analyse the legal framework applicable in both situations. It will argue that defining the Rohingya as refugees is of little assistance, as the South East Asian states concerned are not parties to the 1951 Refugee Convention. Nonetheless, it will argue that the actions of turning back the boats is illegal because these states are bound by various provisions concerning the obligation to render assistance to ships in distress at sea, numerous relevant human rights provisions, and the prohibition of refoulement under customary international law. This paper will then argue that the legal framework in Europe is far more comprehensive than that in the Andaman Sea, as all relevant European states are party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and the European Court of Human Rights judgment of Hirsi explicitly states that push-back operations at sea engage the ECHR. This paper will conclude by illustrating that the more developed framework in Europe has not necessarily meant that migrants in Europe are better off than those in the Andaman Sea, and will put forward concrete proposals as to future legal developments in the European context.

    BCIL Movie Club: “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes go Unpunished”

    Tuesday 1 December, 6pm, Alun 1.01 
    A hard-hitting investigation into the final weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war, featuring devastating video evidence of horrific war crimes. We will discuss the international law aspects of the movie after its screening. 

    "Circumstantial Luck and the Attribution of Blame in International Criminal Justice”: Professor Gavin Dingwall, Professor of Criminal Justice Policy, De Montfort University

    Wednesday 2 December, 12-1 pm, Alun 1.06
    Evidently those who participate directly or indirectly in extraordinary crime deserve to be held to account for their actions, but this claim masks some fundamental and difficult questions about how justice can be achieved in this context. The numbers involved in genocide means that the choice of individual who is tried and punished risks arbitrariness, tokenism and scapegoating whilst psychological research suggests that few have the resolve to resist participation if put in this position. Achieving a proportionate response requires consideration of both the gravity of the harm caused and the perpetrator’s culpability. Measuring harm can be conceptually difficult, though it is comparatively straightforward in cases of extraordinary crime when the harm(s) have no parallel in domestic law. However, in this context, assessing individual culpability is extremely problematic. Thomas Nagal has raised the issue of ‘circumstantial luck’ – the idea that the position one finds oneself in can be a matter of chance and that individuals are often blamed (and sometimes punished) for actions with insufficient regard for how they would have behaved in different circumstances. This paper will draw on a variety of disciplines in an attempt to assess how individual culpability can be found and quantified for the purposes of international criminal justice. 

    BCIL Movie Club: “Judgement at Nuremberg”

    Tuesday 15 December, 6pm, Alun 1.01
    In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. We will discuss the international law aspects of the movie after its screening. 

    Mr Jonathan Griffiths, Reader in IP Law, Queen Mary, University of London

    Wednesday 16 December, Alun 2.01, time TBC
    Two seminars, on recent CJEU rulings in the field of Copyright Law and, 2. IP Law and Fundamental Rights.

    "Palestine and International Criminal Law": Dr. Michael Kearney, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex

    Friday 29 January 2016, 4pm, Moot Court Room (Hen Goleg 1.11)
    The Bangor Centre for International Law is delighted to announce a very exciting guest lecture on one of the most topical issues in international criminal law today - Palestine and International Criminal Law - by Dr. Michael Kearney, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex. From the first Palestinian attempt to transfer jurisdiction to the International Criminal Court in 2009, Michael has worked with Palestinian human rights NGOs in their advocacy and engagement with the Court and the Office of the Prosecutor. 

    The presentation will provide an overview of the dynamics at play in developing legal strategy in the face of problems such as the scope of the Court's jurisdiction, the concept of statehood in international law, the tension between political negotiation and formal justice, and the role of civil society in the political sphere. The presentation will address the legal and political consequences of the Palestine's accession to the Rome Statute in 2015 suggesting some likely developments in the coming years.

    Should you wish to do some background reading in advance of the talk, Michael has provided the following reading list:

    The Hon. Mr. Justice Peter Charleton, Judge, Supreme Court of Ireland

    Monday 8 February, 10am, PL2 (Pontio)
    Homicide and Hatred: Some Reflections
    From 1980 to 2006, Mr Justice Charleton practised as a Senior Counsel (barrister) and was heavily involved in criminal court work. He poses the following questions “Do people in that line of work get dispirited?” Yes; “Can writing about the darkness of the human character have cathartic effect?” Yes. Drawing on his criminal law experience, Judge Charleton wrote the book 'Lies in a Mirror: An Essay on Evil and Deceit' (2006). “Are there patterns to human conduct?” Yes, but people are not predictable. Surrounded by various pressures and driven by instincts which remain powerful despite our reasoning factor, human beings can be driven to cruelty and can rationalise plain evil by resorting to justifications, to group support, to distancing and to bizarre notions of just deserts. The patterns in homicide on an individual scale are not so different to the patterns in mass homicide. Ideology plays a part, as do ignorance and revenge. Mr Justice Charleton’s lecture will reflect his thoughts on the foregoing elements and the larger themes of homicide and hatred.

    Passing Off: Elasticity and Limits of a Common Law Remedy
    The remedy of passing off descends from the tort of deceit. However, unlike copyright, patents and trademarks, this remedy is not dependent on legislation but is a creature of the common law. The advantage of this is that the remedy has been applied to such diverse issues as domain names on the internet and apparent endorsements of products by pop stars. The downside is that in terms of litigation, predicting a result for a client has become next to impossible. Hence, it is an uncertain remedy.

    BCIL Movie Club: “The Island President”

    Thursday 3 March, 5-7pm, Alun 0.01
    A 2011 documentary film about the efforts of then-President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, to tackle rising sea levels resulting from climate change.

    'Defending the Demonized at International Criminal Tribunals': Mr Peter Robinson

    Thursday 10 March, 2-3pm, Lecture Room 3 (Main Arts)
    Mr Robinson currently serves as Legal Advisor to former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He was Lead Counsel for former Rwandan National Assembly President Joseph Nzirorera at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) from 2002 until Mr. Nzirorera’s death in July 2010. He currently represents, on a pro bono basis, two former Ministers convicted by the ICTR whom he believes to be innocent. Prior to beginning work at the international tribunals, Mr. Robinson was a federal prosecutor in the United States for 10 years, and then a criminal defence lawyer based in Northern California. Mr. Robinson is also the author of a novel, entitled “The Tribunal”.

    His Honour Judge Jeremy Roberts QC

    Wednesday 13 April 2016

    “Trials of the Facts, Fitness to Plead, and Mentally Disordered Defendants”

    Mr Jonty Gordon, Director of Legal Alliance Wales

    Thursday 21 April 2016, Alun 2.01

    Mr Gordon is a practising solicitor based in Bangor. He is a director of Legal Alliance Wales which is a joint venture between three of North Wales’ leading law firms. His talk will cover the following elements of Trade Mark Law:

    • Past and current EU trade mark legislation
    • Practicalities of trade mark registration, from three distinct perspectives:
    • Trade Marks in the UK, to cover key legislative provisions, registerability and, tactics
    • The EU Trade Mark (formerly called the “Community Trade Mark”) - where and when to apply, what can be registered, etc
    • Trade Mark Infringement, from three perspectives, - the UK, Regional (the EU Trade Mark) and, Multilateral (the Madrid System)
    • Important recent reforms at EU level (the trade mark reform package, finally approved in December 2015), to cover the new EU Trade Mark Regulation (Regulation 2015/2424) and, the new Trade Mark Directive (Directive 2015/2436)

    International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition, The Hague

    22-27 May 2016

    A team of students from Bangor represented Wales in this prestigious international competition, reaching the semi-finals of the competition before being narrowly knocked out by the eventual winners, the Singapore Management University.

    “Children’s Rights in 2016: What next for Wales?”: Professor Sally Holland

    Thursday 9 June 2016

    The Wales Observatory on the Human Rights of Children and Young People Annual Lecture, delivered by Professor Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

Events in 2014-2015

  • 10-11 November 2014, 'Media, Persuasion and Human Rights' conference to be held in Bangor
  • 6 January 2015, 'Transparency Today: Exploring the Adequacy of Sur/Sous/Veillant Theory & Practice', seminar organised by Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees and Dr Martina Feilzer (School of Social Sciences), part of an ESRC-funded seminar series, "DATA-PSST! Debating and Analysing Transparency Arrangements: Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Trust"
  • 16-18 January 2015, Bangor Law School students travel to New Delhi to take part in the KK Luthra Memorial Moot 2015
  • 29 January 2015, Professor Roy Goode, 'The Creativity of Commercial Law'
  • 16 February 2015, Dr David Keane, Middlesex University, '50 Years of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination'
  • 19 March 2015, His Honour Judge Jeremy Roberts QC, 'The Role of the Parole Board: Then and Now'
  • 19 March 2015, Dr Richard Caddell, "Pipelines, Protestors and Provisional Measures: The Arctic Sunrise Case and the Right to Protest at Sea" 
  • Spring 2015, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, 'Reflections of an International Prosecutor'
  • May 2015, Bangor Law School students travel to The Hague to take part in the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition 2015

Events in 2013-2014

  • 7 October 2013
    Damian Etone & Adam Gulliver -'International Law mooting: the Telders Competition'
  • 9 October 2013
    BCIL and United Nations Association - 'Towards greater international understanding: discussions between Iraqi students and the United Nations Association'
  • 14 October 2013
    Professor David Sullivan, School of Philosophy and Religion, Bangor University - "Syria: Neoliberal and Cosmopolitan Approaches"
  • 17 October 2013
    Dr. Alison Mawhinney, Reader, Bangor Law School - 'The protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief in schools'
  • 12 October 2013
    Richard Combes, Authors Licensing and Collecting Society - 'Authors, Collective Management and International Copyright Reform'
  • 31 October 2013
    Bassim Al-Musawi - 'Rule of Law in Post Conflict Societies: the case of Iraq'
  • 21 November 2013
    Professor Suzannah Linton, Bangor Law School & Tim Wynne-Evans (ex North Wales Police) (both formerly of the Serious Crimes Unit, United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor) - 'Crimes against Humanity in East Timor: a case study of the Passabe Massacre in the Oecussi enclave'
  • 2 December 2013
    Soran Qader - 'The International Law Principle of Uti Possidetis and its application in the relations between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region'
  • 3 December 2013
    Ms. Maggie Towse, Amnesty International, public lecture on Zimbabwe
  • 25 January 2014
    Professor Suzannah Linton: 'The Relevance of the United Nations', United Nations Association Wales, Menai Bridge
  • 6 February 2014
    Sinan Al-Bidery & Nihdham G T Al Abasey - 'A Constitutional and International Law Analysis of the Kurdistan Region Government's powers to enter into petroleum agreements'
  • 5 March 2014
    EU Day organised by Mr. Mark Hyland - featuring Professor Dermot Cahill on ‘ Europe – 10 ways Europe makes you stronger’, principal speaker Mrs Jill Evans MEP on how a small country like Wales can benefit from being part of the EU, Dr. David Williams, Judge of the Upper Tribunal addressing 'Has EU membership made UK law fairer?', Dr. Gillian Davies of Hogarth Chambers on 'The March of EU Copyright Law: Do we need a code?', and Mr. Brian Jones of Bangor Business School on 'EU v. 2.0: Reflections on the current debate'.  The event was followed by a reception at the Management Centre.
  • 28 March 2014
    Joint event with the Centre for Justice and Rights, Chinese University of Hong Kong: seminar and reception to launch Professor Suzannah Linton's book on 'Hong Kong's War Crimes Trials' (Oxford University Press, 2013), Hong Kong, China. Participants included Hon. Justice Kevin Zervos SC, Dean Christopher Gane of the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Law Faculty, Dean Johannes Chan of the Law Faculty at the University of Hong Kong, Professor Nina Jørgensen of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Mr. Ernest Ng of Parkway Chambers and Mr. Dixon Tse of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.
  • 7 April 2014
    Professor Linton organised, for Bangor, the 3rd Annual Law Lecture in Cardiff.  Bangor hosted Professor James Crawford, SC, Whewell Professor of International Law and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge University, who spoke on 'The EU and International Law'. Professor Linton chaired the meeting, other participants included Professor Urfan Khaliq of Cardiff Law School as discussant, Counsul General of Wales Theodore Huckle QC and Sir Emyr Jones-Parry, President of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs. The event was preceded by a reception and concluded with a private dinner. The event was co-hosted with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, and supported by the other Welsh law schools.
  • 28 April 2014
    Joint BCIL event with the United Nations Association - seminar by Lt. Col. Brendan O'Shea, Command & Staff School, Military College, Ireland, on 'The Changing Face of International Peacekeeping'
  • 14 May 2014
    Joint BCIL event with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs sponsored by the European Commission Office in Cardiff - an evening of discussion and debate to learn more about European issues and share views.on the European Elections - speakers will be Mr. David Hughes of the European Commission Office in Cardiff,  Dr David Sullivan from the Dept of Philosophy at Bangor University and Oliver Lewis of the TaxPayers' Alliance.  Professor Suzannah Linton and Professor Dermot Cahill of Bangor Law School will also be participating.  A buffet dinner will be provided.
  • 19 May 2014
    'Nigeria and the Boko Haram challenge'
  • 16 June 2014
    Krit Zeegers, University of Amsterdam - 'The impact of human rights law on international criminal tribunals'
  • 27-28 June 2014
    Dr. Yvonne McDermott-Rees is organising a 2 day conference on proof in international criminal trials at Bangor. Speakers will include Judge Teresa Doherty, Professor Nancy Combs, Professor John Jackson and other experts in the area of international criminal procedure.

Selection of events in 2012-2013

  • July 2012
    Joint BCIL–Amnesty International Workshop on ‘The Protection of Women and Children in Armed Conflict’
  • October 2012
    Law School students participate in a BCIL competition from which nine are selected to attend a six month long training by the Equality and Human Rights Commission on equality and employment law.
  • November 2012
    Dr Evelyne Schmid and Ms Yvonne McDermott recruit Wales’ first team of students to participate in the 2013 Telders International Law Moot Court Competition in The Hague.
  • 2 November 2012
    ‘Human Trafficking in Wales’, co-organised by BCIL with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.
  • 14 November 2012
    BCIL hosts the British Institute for Human Rights National Roadshow on Human Rights at Bangor University, and six Law School students are selected by BCIL to attend.
  • 20 November 2012
    Dr Michelle Farrell, University of Liverpool, public lecture on ‘The Prohibition of Torture in Exceptional Circumstances’.
  • 26 November 2012
    Dr Jasem Tarawneh, University of Manchester, Law School, public lecture on ‘Trade Marks Investment Function and Parallel Importation, the Interflora effect’
  • 1 February 2013
    Dr Richard Mullender, Newcastle University, public lecture on ‘Negligence, Human Rights, and Ruthlessness’
  • 7 February 2013
    Dr Karen McAuliffe, University of Exeter, public lecture on 'The Court of Justice of the European Union’
  • 12 February 2013
    Dr Chris Davies, James Cook University, Australia, public lecture on ‘Lance Armstrong and doping at the Tour de France: insights from International Sports Law’.
  • 13 March 2013
    European Union Day – Mr David Hughes (Head of the European Commission Office, Cardiff), Dr David Sullivan (Head of Lifelong Learning, Bangor University), Mr Brian Jones (Bangor Business School), Mr Mark Hyland (Bangor Law School), Dr Evelyne Schmid (Bangor Law School), with Professor Dermot Cahill, Head of Bangor Law School participating by video; chaired by Professor Suzannah Linton, BCIL Director and Chair of International Law at Bangor Law School
  • 19–20 March 2013
    Bangor University Honorary Fellow, BCIL Advisory Board member and Professor of International Law at Bristol University, Professor Malcolm Evans OBE, delivers master classes in International Law to undergraduate students
  • 20 March 2013
    High-level discussion on ‘An International Rule of Law’, with Bangor University Honorary Fellow and Professor of International Law at Bristol University, Professor Malcolm Evans OBE; BCIL Advisory Board member Professor William A. Schabas OC MRIA of the University of Middlesex and the National University of Ireland (Galway); and the Right Reverend Andrew John, the Bishop of Bangor; chaired by Professor Suzannah Linton, BCIL Director and Chair of International Law at Bangor Law School
  • 22 March 2013
    Ms Lowri Griffiths, Assistant Legal Advisor at the UK Foreign Office – ‘The Foreign Office Legal Advisor and International Rule of Law’
  • 25–27 April 2013
    Bangor Law School sends Wales’ first team to participate in the Telders International Law Mooting Competition in The Hague, coached by Dr Evelyne Schmid with assistance from Ms Yvonne McDermott. The Bangor team emerged the top UK university, and one of the pairs came out overall fourth in the oral rounds.
  • 30 April 2013
    Dr Karen Da Costa, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, public lecture on ‘How far should states’ obligations apply? Extraterritorial application of human rights treaties in theory and practice’
  • 5 June 2013
    Conversations on 'An International Rule of Law’, led by Professor Suzannah Linton, Chair of International Law at Bangor Law School, and Director of the Bangor Centre for International Law.
    A joint discussion between members of the Bangor Centre for International Law, Law students, and members and friends of the United Nations Association’s Menai Branch
  • 17 June 2013
    Professor Liying Zhang, China University of Political Science and Law, Co-Director of the Confucius Institute, lecture on 'Legal Issues Concerning the EU's Unilateral Aviation Carbon Tax'

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