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Lawyers Without Borders

Lawyers Without Borders

7 May 2021

Lawyers Without Borders

An article by Max Chau, President of LWOB, Newcastle University Student Division.

From the momentum we built last year, 2021 began with our best attended event yet. An amazing 46 members joined our Zoom event, ‘Democratic Backsliding in Europe’, the first in our series of events for members to engage with their studies more directly. Thanks to James Richardson, our Treasurer and Events Coordinator, this event featured guest academics and experts to speak on this topic which was enormously valuable.

The current pandemic has forced us to be creative and innovative, so we produce all our events for online accessibility. It is hard to imagine LWOB, which only began September 2020, not being online as it has become a defining feature of our society. Communication on our social media channels managed by Lukrecia Sisova, and our engaging weekly newsletters edited by our Secretary, Sam Cochrane, have been key to the publicity of our society in this climate. We are now working to produce more academic orientated events as well as preparing for some exciting online socials from our Social Officer, Mary Sobayo. We are delighted to announce our research officer, Maleka Akuany, is leading our entry to the 7th LWOB annual Rule of Law Innovation Challenge on our chosen topic ‘Wildlife Trafficking’.

I am extremely proud of what this society has achieved in the trickiest of times and I hope LWOB will continue to grow and develop more this semester.