Reflections on visits to the Houses of Parliament and UK Supreme Court

Claire Chok Mann and Cheska Tatiana
LLB Students at the University of Hertfordshire

 

Reflections on the Houses of Parliament

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Sir Charles Barry’s magnum opus truly captures the monumental culture and history of the United Kingdom. His romantic vision of a gothic palace manifested before our eyes. The Palace of Westminster; his crowning achievement. An air of excitement with a mixture of gasps and clicks of the camera hung in the air. The art connoisseurs and aesthetician amongst us law students, started to comment on the fine art and sculptures, which were interlaced with building’s grand architecture.

A word of advice, have a hearty meal and ensure that your photo-taking device is fully charged before you start on your adventure. Continue reading “Reflections on visits to the Houses of Parliament and UK Supreme Court”

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The impact of ‘Brexit’ on British Education and Research Institutions

Mehwisch Khan
Joint Honours (Law and European Languages) student at the University of Hertfordshire

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” –  St. Augustine

The EU has been placed under a refined microscope because of the Eurozone crisis and supranationality of the European Union (EU) considered in parallel to the limited national sovereignty of its Member States (MS). Disgruntled with the overarching position of the EU, current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) David Cameron has been cornered by his party backbenchers into holding a referendum on the 23rd of June 2016. Many have been left alarmed, while others overjoyed. Supporters and opponents pick and choose facts, exaggerate and understate crucial issues in order to woo the support of citizens. Amidst the heated debates of politicians and scholars many have been left feeling overwhelmed and largely misinformed. Words such as “Referendum”, “Eurosceptics”, “Europhiles” and “Brexit” have become part of our daily conversations – but what does a voter really need to know before making a decision?  As an undergraduate and a current Erasmus student I was curious of the potential impact of a Brexit on the education sector, this blog post aims to get a deeper understanding of the British input and European budget for the sector. Continue reading “The impact of ‘Brexit’ on British Education and Research Institutions”

The Politics of Land Law: Privatisation of HM Land Registry

Dr. Thomas Dunk
Lecturer in Law & Politics at the University of Hertfordshire

It is not often that politics and land law collide to make national news,[1] but this collision of two of my interests is both unusual but perhaps not unsurprising. The move towards the privatisation of the HM Land Registry was again highlighted within the Queen’s Speech earlier this month[2] with the consultation due to close on 26th May 2016. Continue reading “The Politics of Land Law: Privatisation of HM Land Registry”

Keeping the Paris Agreement’s climate technology promise

Stephen Minas
Research fellow at the Transnational Law Institute, King’s College London

This post was originally posted by Eco-Business.

Technology is central to the challenge of preventing dangerous climate change. December’s Paris Agreement delivered a strong mandate for countries to ramp up cooperation on technology development and transfer to deal with climate change. Continue reading “Keeping the Paris Agreement’s climate technology promise”

Death and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015

Edina Harbinja 
Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire; PhD, University of Strathclyde

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Credits to https://twitter.com/jovankurbalija

This was my first time participating in of one of the world’s ‘most important’ internet governance events (arguably and with a lot of critique) – the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, 9-12 November 2015. The event gathered more than 2,400 participants from all over the world, representing different governments, companies, civil society and academia. The main theme for the 10th IGF was: ‘Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development’. Continue reading “Death and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015”