Seminars and Lectures

Newcastle Law School regularly hosts conferences and seminars on a wide range of important legal, political, economic and social issues. Recent speakers have included Stanley Fish (Florida International University), Charles Goodhart (LSE) and David Kennedy (Harvard Law School).

Forthcoming Events

Newcastle Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice, Forthcoming Seminars 2014-15

Wednesday 22nd October, 1pm, SR5
Peter Hopkins ‘Reflecting on researching young people’s everyday geopolitics: faith, ethnicity and place’

Chair: Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth

This paper discusses an ongoing AHRC project about the experiences of young people growing up in urban, suburban and rural Scotland. This project is about young people’s experiences of discrimination, the ways in which they are, or are not, mistaken for being Muslim (and so experience Islamophobia as a result), and their perceptions about everyday geopolitics (a term we use to refer to the ways in which international, national, state and local political issues shape, and are shaped by, people’s everyday lives in different contexts). Focusing specifically upon young people from ethnic and religious minority groups, the project is using focus groups and interviews with young people (aged 12-25) to investigate these issues. In this seminar, I will provide an outline of the study and the approach we are adopting, before considering some of the ethical, methodological and political issues involved in researching young people’s lives.

Wednesday 26th November, 1pm, SR5
Emilie Cloatre (Kent) ‘Regulation, disobedience and the socio-legal construction of condoms in Ireland 1935 ¬ 1993’

Chair: Aisling McMahon

In Ireland, over a 60 year period, condoms changed from symbolic objects of deviance to medical devices. Until 1993, the sale and distribution of condoms were heavily regulated, being limited first to narrowly defined groups and conditions, and later to specific points and mechanisms of sale. In this paper, based on documentary analysis and qualitative interviews with activists involved in resisting the restriction to the sales and distribution of condoms up to 1993, we explore this shift in Irish political and legal discourse, the various meanings attached to law by those who sought to resist and challenge it, and the parallel transformation of condoms as social objects. In doing so, the paper questions the entanglement of law, social movements and technologies. It starts by mapping the history of the prohibition and legalisation of condom sales in Ireland 1935-1993, and situating it in the context of broader governmental projects designed to control sexual expression and reproductive autonomy. It then turns to analysing the emergence of resistance to state regulation of condoms by various social networks, and explore how this history sheds light on the complex ways in which legal change relates to resistance, disobedience and social movements in the context of medical technologies. Throughout we explore how shifting socio-legal constructions of the condom, organised practices of daily resistance, and official articulations of the public good evolved around a 60 year period to move from prohibition to the settling of condoms as an essential

Wednesday 10th December, 1pm SR5
Jane Ball ‘Ghosts: A short history of the thinning of tenure rights in the European space’

Chair: Professor TT Arvind

Vinogradoff (1961) described Roman law as a “ghost” affecting us even though the Roman Empire was long gone. The law of land rights is also scarred by more recent history: nationalism; religious schism and the grand narratives of socialism and capitalism. The passion for the ancient still pervades property laws, even though many tenure types are predominantly 19th century. It is unfortunate that the time of major tenure change was during a time of war and revolution. England and France built new laws around old laws based on bitter conflict.

The last 500 years have seen a steady thinning and reduction in the number of tenure types. Within European nation states, there was generalization and standardization, often around Latin terminology. Gordley (2009) proposes that European property law was settled in 1848, but you have to cast your net wider. England reduced the number of tenures to three by 1660, and then Napoleon reduced this to one property owner (or group) per plot, an agricultural overshoot in tenure reduction. New rights for post-1848 workers, women and welfare depend on tenures using different and conflicting national principles.

The thinning of tenure-types in Europe continued after the 2nd World War. Academic lawyers failed to compare tenures and housing researchers stepped into the breach. A 1960s obsession with owner-occupancy and renting meant that only these two tenures were recognized in European statistics. This is still susbtantially so, even though later housing work was better.

In half-formed European institutions, land law is vulnerable to attacks on lesser tenures by united owners when there is no common defence or suitable procedure for tenants. A bald patch has formed forming in tenure choice for a new generation with loss of middling tenures, and reduction in the security of tenure of “tenancies.” 150 years of social progress is being lost.

"Money - its Legal and Societal Past and Present": June 17th 2014

4th Annual Symposium of Finance and Financial Law Research Group: Newcastle University. Details can be found here.

Newcastle Law School Annual Lecture

On 6th March 2014 at 6pm, Alison Saunders CB, QC will deliver the Law School annual lecture. Details can be found here.

Interdisciplinary and Law: Seminar Series (October - December 2013)

In 2013 the law school will be hosting a seminar series on interdisciplinary research in which we aim to explore what interdisciplinary research means for law as a 'discipline' and consider the limits (if any) of this type of scholarship. Each session will be led by a staff member at NULS and will include discussion of canonical texts, research methods and exercises. Please contact Dr. Patrick O'Callaghan if you would like to attend any of these workshops. All seminars will take place at 2pm in the staff common room unless otherwise indicated.

23rd October
Kevin Brown and Patrick O'Callaghan

30th October (3:30pm)
Sylvia de Mars

6th November
Chris Rodgers

13th November
Ole Pedersen

20th November
Richard Collier

27th November
Nikki Godden

4th December
Shamini Ragavan

11th December (12pm, SR3)
In discussion with TT Arvind, Elaine Campbell, Richard Collier, Joanna Gray, Kathryn Hollingsworth, Antonia Layard, Richard Mullender, Chris Rodgers, Phil Thomas and Ian Ward

PECANS Workshop 2013
‘Encounters with vulnerability: the victim, the fragile, the monster, the queer, the abject, the nomadic, the feminine, the shameful, and the rest'

An interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate and early-career academics in the area of law, gender and sexuality

Nov 22nd, 2013
Venue: Newcastle University
Hosts: Gender Research Group, Newcastle University, and the Newcastle Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice

Please see the PECANS website for the CFP and information re registration and bursaries:

Newcastle Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice Seminar Series - 'What is Social Justice?'

Class, Power and Inequality in Rural Areas: Beyond Social Exclusion?
Presenter: Professor Mark Shucksmith
Date: 12pm 30th October 2013 (Lunch Provided)
Location: Mooting Room, Newcastle Law School, Windsor Terrace, Newcastle University
Chair of Session: Professor Chris Rodgers

Re-Imagining Justice for Girls
Presenter: Dr Gilly Sharpe
Date: 1pm 13th November 2013 (Lunch Provided)
Location: Mooting Room, Newcastle Law School, Windsor Terrace, Newcastle University
Chair of Session: Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth

The Misappropriation of ‘Social Justice’
Presenter: Steve Crossley
Date: 1pm 4th December 2013 (Lunch Provided)
Location: Mooting Room, Newcastle Law School, Windsor Terrace, Newcastle University
Chair of Session: Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth

More information on each seminar can be found by clicking here.
For further information about the series please contact Dr Kevin J Brown

The Intersections of Antitrust: Competition Law and...

This seminar series is a follow-on from to our Interdisciplinary and Law: Seminar Series series, with a focus on what that means in the competition law and policy context.

All seminars will take place at 2pm in the staff common room unless otherwise indicated.

16th January
Professor Ioannis Kokkoris
Competition law and financial regulation

23rd January
Professor Imelda Maher
Competition law and transparency

6th February
Professor William E Kovacic
Competition law and politics

12th February
Dr Albert Sanchez-Graells
Competition law and public procurement

5th March
Dr Okeoghene Odudu
Competition law and healthcare


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