law

2302, 2017

Can murderer Ian Stewart be considered as a ‘Black Widower’?

By |February 23rd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Can murderer Ian Stewart be considered as a ‘Black Widower’?

by Dr Adam Lynes, Criminologist at Birmingham City University

Ian Stewart, the fiance of children’s author Helen Bailey, has today been sentenced to 34 years in prison for her murder. The conviction of Ian Stewart has raised questions into how and why a seemingly loving partner would want to kill their spouse. In exploring this question, […]

2511, 2016

Why is Oklahoma still causing torturous executions?

By |November 25th, 2016|In The News, Student Life|Comments Off on Why is Oklahoma still causing torturous executions?

by Jon Yorke, Professor of Human Rights at Birmingham City University

On Tuesday 29 November, I’ll be hosting a special event which uncovers the failure of Oklahoma’s capital judicial system and reveals the barbarity of the state’s use of lethal injection.

Following the construction of a state-of-the-art death chamber and an amended execution protocol to provide […]

2410, 2016

Ched Evans: A Controversial Case

By |October 24th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Ched Evans: A Controversial Case

By Liam Brolan, PhD Researcher and Visiting Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The quashing of former Wales international and Chesterfield striker, Ched Evans’ rape conviction two weeks ago, would appear to be one of the most provocative criminal justice stories of 2016. The outcome of the case, which has split opinion and sparked fierce […]

1910, 2016

Should American girl group G.R.L sue Little Mix for “copying” their music?

By |October 19th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Should American girl group G.R.L sue Little Mix for “copying” their music?

by Dr Ewan Kirk, senior lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Birmingham City University

The discussion over musicians writing songs that infringe on previous songs from other artists has been topical over the past few years. There has been high-profile litigation over the issue in the US, firstly between Pharrell Williams and the family of […]

2207, 2016

“You Can’t Use My Music For That!” … or can you?

By |July 22nd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on “You Can’t Use My Music For That!” … or can you?

by Dr Ewan Kirk, senior lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Birmingham City University

Donald Trump is a figure in American politics who is not without controversy, however the latest controversy relates to copyright law. He used “We Are The Champions” at the Republican National Convention, a song written by rock group Queen in 1977. Queen […]

1207, 2016

What our new Prime Minister thinks about companies, and why we should pay attention

By |July 12th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What our new Prime Minister thinks about companies, and why we should pay attention

By Timothy James, senior lecturer at Birmingham City University’s School of Law

When Theresa May was running for leader of the Conservative Party (twenty four hours ago), she started her campaign with a speech in Birmingham.  What happened while she was speaking has comprehensively upstaged what she had to say.  But as a first indication of […]

2605, 2016

Jose Mourinho’s image rights: what’s in a name?

By |May 26th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Jose Mourinho’s image rights: what’s in a name?

by Dr Ewan Kirk, senior lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Birmingham City University

Reports this week in football have been dominated by the expected appointment of Jose Mourinho as the next Manchester United manager. However one issue that appears to have caused a delay in this agreement, reported by the BBC, is that of image […]

903, 2016

Hatton Garden raiders shouldn’t be accepted as celebrity rebels or decent old geezers

By |March 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Hatton Garden raiders shouldn’t be accepted as celebrity rebels or decent old geezers

Dr James Treadwell, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

At the sentencing of the Hatton Garden safety deposit box burglars (well those who were present, the sentencing of Brian Reader has been delayed due to his ill health, the illusive fugitive nicknamed ‘Basil’, remains an evasive enigma) the judge said that the raid was in […]

2907, 2015

Suicide is a more serious decision than buying a vanilla cone

By |July 29th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Suicide is a more serious decision than buying a vanilla cone

By Timothy James, senior lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics at Birmingham City University

Earlier this week, in an interview with Radio Times, TV personality and columnist Katie Hopkins proposed the idea of ‘euthanasia vans’ as she believes that the UK has ‘far too many old people’.

Ms Hopkins is quoted as saying that “it’s ridiculous to […]

3003, 2015

School of Law postgraduate open day

By |March 30th, 2015|Student Life|Comments Off on School of Law postgraduate open day

A Joint Birmingham City University and FCO Youth Inspiration Group event 11 February, 2014