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Law School welcomes human rights experts to mark launch

Roehampton Law School holds its official launch evening and facilitates discussion around human rights and the EU.

Posted: 17 May 2016

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Dr Katie Boyle from the Law School at the University of Roehampton.
On Tuesday 17 May, the University of Roehampton’s law school will welcome pioneering scholars and experts in human rights law to mark the launch of the new Law School at a topical time, as the EU Referendum nears.

Organised by Roehampton’s Dr Katie Boyle, the discussion will include human rights commissioners from Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales. The knowledge these experts will share complements the research emerging from a project directed by Dr Katie Boyle, which is designed to provide a non-objective explanation of how human rights will be affected if the UK leaves the EU or not. The research indicates that citizens ought to be able to access impartial evidence in the lead up to the EU Referendum to enable the opportunity to make an informed decision. Any changes to rights and citizenship should be evidence led.

Dr Katie Boyle said “The purpose of the event is really to facilitate discussion - an opportunity to engage across the jurisdictions and sectors and to lead the wider discourse on human rights change across the UK. It is wonderful that Roehampton is the venue in which these discussions are taking place.”

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the ‘Human Rights in Transition’ event is the first in a day of activities on Tuesday 17 May to mark the official launch of Roehampton Law School. The day culminates in a drinks reception featuring a keynote from Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws QC. She will be joined by a host of guest speakers from the Law Commission and the courts to give students first-hand knowledge of how the legal system works.

Dr Giles Proctor said: “We are pleased to welcome human rights leaders to the Law School to discuss key issues in light of the EU referendum. The opportunity for our students to hear from Baroness Kennedy will help them in their careers to find out how to be successful in the legal field.”

The law programme at the University of Roehampton has been designed to create highly trained graduates with the skills which employers value. Through lectures, seminars and debates the law students are encouraged to develop valuable critical thinking skills, useful as a lawyer or as transferable skills for many other professions in the modern workforce.

Dr Katie Boyle’s recent findings, published today, outline four scenarios for human rights.

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