A Series: Public Interest Careers Pt 7 (JLAP Interviews)

Sir James Michael Dingemans

Interviewed by Sahana Karthik 

Sir James Michael Dingemans, styled The Rt Hon Lord Justice Dingemans, is a Court of Appeal judge, who was recently appointed as the lead judge for International Relations with effect from 26 February 2021. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2019, has been the Vice President of the Queen’s Bench Division since February 2020 and previously served as a High Court judge. Having grown up as a naval child and residing in a multitude of countries such as Singapore, Gibraltar and Scotland, his Lordship stresses the imperative nature of a global perspective.

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A Series: Public Interest Careers Pt. 6 (JLAP Interviews)

Zaki Sarraf
Interviewed by Majd Mansour and Sahana Karthik
Zaki Sarraf began his career as a paralegal at Descartes Solicitors before securing a competitive internship as a Legal Protection Caseworker with the United Nations Refugee Agency. He then moved on to work as a Legal Advisor for St Andrew’s Refugee Services and as a Senior Caseworker for Duncan Lewis Solicitors, specialising in Public Law and Human Rights.

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Reflections on Access to Justice for Transgender People in India

By Shivani Dewalla 

Our arrival unto the world is marked by “their” presence. Marriages would be incomplete without “their” performances, “their” blessings. The halt at the traffic light is one of the most likely places to spot “them”. But why is it that their presence is only restricted to such occasions? Why are they not present in our classrooms? In our offices? Why are they not our neighbours? Or our friends? “Their” existence and conditions are synonymous to the English idiom ‘elephant in the room’; they exist but they are seldom part of our daily conversations, daily life. In fact even if this article ends without naming “them”, it will not be a task for the readers to identify them- such is their pervasiveness in the Indian society.

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Webinar: The Criminal Justice System in Crisis

By Melissa Manley 

The UCL Student Pro Bono Committee held its first termly panel event on 14th of October to talk about the UK’s justice system and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic with three specialists. The discussion centred around Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 which removed more than £350 million from the legal aid budget and has led critics to claim that the court system is overstretched to breaking point.

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Clash of the Titans: Students v Academics Fundraising Debate for Kalayaan

By Isabel de Leon

On the 21st of January 2020, the Centre for Access to Justice Student Pro Bono Committee held its first Academics vs Students Debate Fundraiser. This event was organised in support of Kalayaan, a small London-based charity that works to provide practical advice and support to, as well as campaigns with and for, the rights of migrant domestic workers in the UK. In light of this, the motion for the debate, kindly contributed by Natalie Sedacca, was as follows: This House would make homes that employ domestic workers subject to labour inspections”.

“This House would make homes that employ domestic workers subject to labour inspections”.

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Lawyers without Borders host Human Rights moot competition

By Regina Yip and Samuel Leung 

On 5 December 2019, the UCL Chapter of Lawyers without Borders (LWOB) and the Centre for Access to Justice hosted the final round of the LWOB Human Rights Moot. This year, the two finalist teams, including Mia Chaudhuri-Julyan and Alex Diaper, and Olivia Bessant and Emma Lazell, argued a moot question relating to prisoners’ rights concerning disproportionate use of solitary confinement and the monitoring of prisoner’s legal correspondence with their solicitors.

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Report from “Fight NOT Flight”: SPBC inaugural panel event on the Hostile Environment

By Surabhi Vanalia 

The UCL Student Pro Bono Committee held its first termly panel event on 21st November 2019, with a focus on recent and previous immigration policies which make up the ‘Hostile Environment’. This refers to laws and policies which make it difficult for migrants without secure leave to remain to reside in the UK.

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UCL host Inter-University Amicus Debate on the Death Penalty

By Anushree Mehta 

On 12th November teams from King’s College London (KCL) and University College London (UCL) debated the motion “This House Requires Countries Opposing the Death Penalty to Sanction Pharmaceutical Companies that Provide Lethal Injection Drugs”. While the proposition (KCL) presented a strong argument that excessive harm caused by the lethal drugs should lead to the sanctioning of the private sector, the opposition (UCL) won the competition, arguing that the proposition’s methods would be ineffective and could lead to undesirable consequences.

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Exonerated from death row: An Evening with Peter Pringle and Sunny Jacobs

By Anushree Mehta

On the 17th of October 2019, UCL’s Amicus Chapter welcomed two exonerees from death row to talk about their experiences with the injustices embedded in the American and Irish legal systems.

Peter was a political activist in Ireland, framed for a crime he did not commit – and wrongfully sentenced to death. The case followed a dramatic series of events, involving a bank robbery, getaway car, machine gun, the death of two police officers and a run-away criminal. Intense media scrutiny placed pressure on the police to find the killer Continue reading “Exonerated from death row: An Evening with Peter Pringle and Sunny Jacobs”

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