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Conference on Leibnitz

Our blogger has recently been made aware of the publication of a new translation of Leibnitz’s famous treatise on the teaching of law. Details about the conference here. A short blurb by the author of the translation below: About the … Continue reading →

Published on 21st March 2017

When Article 50 Meets Section 30 – Another Quiet Week in Scotland’s Constitutional Politics

Scotland’s independence debate was intensified by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement this week, but both sides of the argument have been preparing since the EU referendum, writes Peter Lynch. He argues that, while the timing of an independence referendum is the main focus at the moment, others may well come up, and that the parties’ […]

Published on 17th March 2017

Peace and Conflict Series: Conflict and Syria, Think-tanks, and the Academy, Interview with Thomas Pierret

Universities find impact beyond academia increasingly important. In situations of violent conflict, however, it can be difficult for experts who are working on evolving conflicts such as Syria to remain relevant outside of the academy.  The increasing influence of think-tanks, … Continue reading →

Published on 14th March 2017

Brexit Talks: What Will We Know in Autumn 2018?

The UK’s exit negotiations from the EU will concentrate on separate withdrawal and trade deals, and timing will be a crucial factor, writes Kirsty Hughes. She argues that autumn 2018 will serve as a key period where enough about the UK-EU negotiations will be known and pressure will mount for the constitutional options and implications […]

Published on 9th March 2017

Reflections on 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference (Part III): new challenges related to fair and equitable benefit-sharing under the Nagoya Protocol

by Elisa Morgera and Elsa Tsioumani March 2017: This is the third of a series of blog posts (see here and here) analysing the outcomes of the most recent round of international negotiations on biodiversity. The 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference … Continue reading →

Published on 1st March 2017

Reflections on 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference (Part II): assessing the Mo’otz kuxtal guidelines on benefit-sharing from the use of traditional knowledge

by Elisa Morgera March 2017: This is the second of a series of blog posts analysing the outcomes of the recent round of international negotiations on biodiversity. It focuses on the Mo’otz kuxtal voluntary guidelines on consent and benefit-sharing from … Continue reading →

Published on 1st March 2017

Reflections on 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference (Part I): the multi-faceted benefit-sharing dimensions of mainstreaming biodiversity into other sectors

by Elisa Morgera March 2017: This is the first of a series of blog posts analysing the outcomes of the most recent round of international negotiations on biodiversity. The 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference (Cancun, Mexico, from 12-17 December 2016) focused … Continue reading →

Published on 1st March 2017

Honorary Doctorate – Professor Wolfgang Ernst

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Senatus Academicus of the University of Edinburgh has voted to bestow upon Professor Wolfgang Ernst, Regius Professor of Civil Law, the University of Oxford, the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa). … Continue reading →

Published on 28th February 2017

Next meeting of the Edinburgh Roman law group

The next meeting will take place on Friday 7 April at 5.30 pm in the New Neil MacCormick Room [floor 9 of the David Hume Tower]. Our speaker is Professor Lorena Atzeri from the University of Milan. Details of the … Continue reading →

Published on 27th February 2017

Trafficking in the UK: Demands and Dilemmas for Justice

Mahlea Babjak is reading for a PhD in Religious Studies and is researching human trafficking in South Asia.  She is a Global Justice Academy Student Ambassador for 2016-17. Here, Mahlea reports on the recent Tumbling Lassie seminar on Trafficking in … Continue reading →

Published on 27th February 2017