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Lords Communications Committee told to abandon press freedom in Oxford policy briefing
23 October 2012
A provocative new policy brief published today by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society will be presented by the author to the House of Lords Communications Committee today, advising them to abandon the concept of ‘press freedom’ altogether.
Top UK and US judges speak out on judicial accountability in Oxford debate
17 October 2012
Top judges from both sides of the Atlantic will give a rare public insight into their views on judicial accountability and the balance of power between the legislature and judiciary in an Oxford debate held by the Foundation for Law, Justice and on Friday.
Eurozone crisis may trigger break-up of the UK, Martin Wolf claims
04 October 2012
The Chief Economics Correspondent at the Financial Times Martin Wolf will lend his voice to the growing debate over the UK’s place in Europe later today, warning in an Oxford lecture that the eurozone crisis will cause fundamental changes in the UK’s relationship with the EU and may trigger a break-up of the UK itself.
European experts assess future of EU at Oxford debate
13 July 2012
Honorary Director-General of the European Commission Graham Avery last night claimed that the EU will emerge stronger from the present crisis, but warned that Britain may be relegated to a secondary role in a two-tier Europe unless it acts in a more positive and energetic way, at a panel discussion organized by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society at the University of Oxford.
Leveson receives lesson on the 'elephant in the room'
03 July 2012
Media expert Lara Fielden has today published a policy brief with the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, proposing a radical new framework for press regulation based on a comparative study of international press councils, which she will put to the Leveson Inquiry later today to address what Lord Justice Leveson has described as the 'elephant in the room': regulation of online media.
Oxford policy brief recommends leniency in Health and Safety regulation
16 January 2012
The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society today publishes a policy brief that encourages regulators to take measured risks and adopt a more lenient, evidence-based approach to risk management in health and safety regulation.
Oxford Research informs EC policy on consumer ADR
29 November 2011
The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society today publishes a report investigating 'The Hidden World of Consumer ADR', to coincide with the European Commission's announcement of draft legislation on consumer ADR (alternative dispute resolution).
Appeal Court Judge defends 'legitimate' sentencing
18 August 2011
As judges face growing criticism for disproportionate sentencing of those convicted of inciting riots, former Appeal Court Judge Sir Mark Potter has argued that, "it is part of [judges'] function, to have regard to public opinion" when handing down sentences, in a policy brief published by an Oxford think tank today.
Appeal Court Judge speaks out on media influence on cases
05 July 2011
Former High Court and Court of Appeal Judge Sir Mark Potter will present his view of media influence on court cases in an Oxford conference entitled "The Court of Public Opinion: Justice, the Media, and Popular Will" organized by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society at Queen's College on Friday.
Oxford Think Tank hosts Roundtable on Financial Regulators
11 April 2011
Who Regulates the Regulators? Issues of Accountability and Liability. Baroness Deech and Lord Bradshaw will join an expert panel of businesspeople and academics to assess the accountability and liability of regulators, in a workshop organized by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society on Thursday 14th April at 2pm.
Charles Clarke Joins Oxford Debate on the Role of Courts in a Democracy
11 January 2011
The former Home Secretary Charles Clarke will appear on a select panel to debate the proper role of courts in a democracy, in an event organized by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) in association with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford University. The debate, to be held at Magdalen College, Oxford on 11th February, will be chaired by the BBC Presenter and renowned Legal Commentator Joshua Rozenberg, and will also feature Lord Justice Jacob, as well as Richard Bellamy, Professor of Political Science at UCL, and a selection of cross-examiners.
Oxford Findings on Civil Litigation Costs To Be Implemented by MoJ
16 November 2010
The findings of an Oxford study into litigation funding and costs published by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) will be implemented by the UK Government in proposals to reform the funding of civil cases announced by the Ministry of Justice yesterday. The government's plans come in response to recommendations by Lord Justice Jackson, whose costs review was informed by research undertaken at Oxford University into civil litigation in thirty-five countries, and published in an FLJS policy brief in September.
Oxford Workshop Responds to BoE Governor’s Call to Reassess Financial Regulation
09 November 2010
In the wake of Bank of England Governor Mervyn King's call for radical reforms to the financial services industry, the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS), in association with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford University, will hold an workshop in Oxford on 12th November, to assess the changing face of financial regulation.
Major Oxford Study into Litigation Funding and Costs is Published
29 September 2010
The findings of a major international study into the funding and costs of litigation in thirty-five countries is published today by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society. The policy brief, the first in a series on European civil justice systems, summarizes the results of an extensive research project by a team at Oxford University to investigate the costs of litigation cases and provide recommendations for possible alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
Oxford Think-Tank Critiques Means-Tested Benefit Reforms
06 October 2009
The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, an Oxford University affiliated think-tank, has published a series of policy briefs examining welfare policy which are largely critical of measures to tighten eligibility for employment benefits. The publications originate from an Oxford conference attended by leading policymakers and political scientists, and are published as the Conservatives announce plans to impose medical assessments on incapacity benefit claimants to reduce public spending.
President of Israeli Supreme Court Speaks Out on Rights, Security and Proportionality
05 June 2009
Aharon Barak, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel spoke in Oxford on Thursday on 'Rights and their Limits: the Role of Proportionality', at the Annual Lecture of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS). The lecture, organized by FLJS in association with the Law Faculty and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford University, addressed the appropriate balance between security and the safeguarding of human rights.
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