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Rare Book Rescue WorkSaturday, May 8, 2021 - 12:01

Research associate Bill Hines continues to identify and conserve rare and valuable works held by Aberystwyth University, for secure storage and conservation in the University's Rare Book Collection. A notable recent rescue from the notorious 'external' industrial site store was the work of a 'lost' author of promise, Oliver Madox Brown, who died at an early age. He was the son of the well-known Pre Raphaelite artist, Ford Madox Brown, who arranged for a collection of Oliver's writings, The Dale Bluch, to be published. The AU copy is now safe in the Rare Book Collection. Bill has written an article on his find and rescue which will appear in a special issue of the Pre Raphaelite Society Review on Ford Madox Brown later in 2021.



John Williams publicationWednesday, February 24, 2021 - 14:49

John and myself often discuss the legal aspects of anti-virus measures and policies and John has put down some thoughts about possible human rights violations in a paper published in The Journal of Adult Protection, which is now available online. The article, 'Taking It On The Chin: Older people, Human Rights and Covid-19'; considers the responses to Covid-19 and their impact on the basic rights of older people, arguing that there may be a case to answer  in relation to potential breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights on the part of the UK Governments.. 

EU Criminal Law as a Ship of FoolsThursday, February 18, 2021 - 16:48

In October 2019 I participated in a colloquium in Lund in Sweden (see earlier in the News Box) organised by Jacob Oberg of the Law Faculty at Lund University. I presented a paper in which I used Plato's metaphor of the Ship of Fools to elucidate the way in which EU criminal law had developed in a piecemeal and unsystematic way, with a number of parties hijacking the use of criminal law for disparate and debatable purposes, rather like the crew in Plato's ship. Subsequently, I collaborated with Jacob to develop that argument further and the outcome is an article soon to be published in the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law : Harding and Oberg, 'The Journey of EU Criminal Law on the Ship of Fools: What are the implications for the supranational governance of EU criminal justice agencies ?' Jacob is editing a special issue of the journal, in which a number of papers from the Lund meeting will be published. So, some more, and maybe even some of my final reflections on the state of EU criminal law, as I prospect other kinds of research and writing. But I do love a good metaphor.

New Research PublicationTuesday, February 16, 2021 - 11:49

One of my recent research papers has now been published : 'Building an effective control of financial crime  ? The role of criminal law and transnational cooperation in the European Union', Chapter Seven in  the edited collection, 'The Governance of Criminal Justice in the European Union' (editors Ricardo Pereira, Annegret Engel and Samuli Miettinen), published by Edward Elgar. The discussion in the paper explores the impediments to effective legal control of such criminality and takes stock of the piecemeal and fragmented development of attempts at legal control in this context. 

John Williams at SyracuseMonday, October 19, 2020 - 11:44

Research associate John Williams has recently 'attended' a conference at Syracuse University (New York State). The Conference, mainly involving North American delegates, took place on October 15 and 16, and was discussing Interdisciplinary Approaches to Elder Justice : Unlocking the Potential of Restorative Practices. John, sitting in his garden office at home, took part in a panel discussion on existing projects, their successes and challenges, at 11.0 pm on the Thursday evening. The discussion was informative and lively. Moonlighting !

History Project Probes Moseley EnigmaSunday, October 18, 2020 - 22:08

Research into the history of the Aberystwyth Law School is casting interesting light on one of its former, though now not so well remembered, members of staff. Hywel Moseley taught in the Department in the early 1960s and was one of the Professors of Law from 1970 until 1982, and  de facto joint Head of Department along with John Andrews from 1970 until 1973. Yet his role in the University has probably not been well understood, as the present research is now starting to show. Sadly Hywel Moseley died early in June of this year, oddly something which has not been formally noted in any way by the University. 

Online exhibition plannedSunday, October 18, 2020 - 11:56

The earlier planned exhibition of Aberystwyth Law School publications, from the start of the twentieth century through to recent times, scheduled originally for display in the University's Old College last April, will now proceed as an online exhibition. In this way it will reach out to a wider audience, especially alumni around the world, Moreover, it will be possible to supply links to other interesting material and in the longer term up-date the exhibition. The exhibition's planned title is 'An Uncommon Tradition' and it will include both academic publications and other kinds of work by staff of the Department of Law over a period of more than 100 years. 

John Williams talks to House of Lords CommitteeFriday, October 16, 2020 - 16:09

In September, research associate John Williams appeared as an expert before the new House of Lords Select Committee set up to look at the future consequences of the Covid crisis and its present management. John was there in particular to speak about the position and needs of the older section of the population, in the context of the massive loss of health care and mental health support and provision in recent months. Apparently he engaged in a feisty exchange with Baroness Jay (a member of the Committee) as he warned against the simplistic and indeed dangerous blanket use of the concept of vulnerability, a subject to which he is increasingly turning his expert attention.