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  1. Summer 2014
Law Research

Summer 2014

Welcome to the summer 2014 edition of the City Law School's legal research newsletter, RE: LAW. Find out all the information you need to know about the latest legal research developments happening across the School.


Enrico Bonadio, 'Regulating Tobacco, Alcohol and Food Products: the Impact on, and Role of, Intellectual Property Rights' in Tania Voon, Andrew Mitchell, and Jonathan Liberman (eds) Regulating Tobacco, Alcohol and Unhealthy Foods: The Legal Issues (Routledge

Stuart Sime, 'Enforcement Against Goods: This Legislative Overload Must Stop' (2014) 33(3) CJQ 1-15

Stuart Sime, 'Sanctions After Mitchell' (2014) 33(2) CJQ 135-158


The Future of Maritime Law and Policy (April 2014)

The London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group (LUMLP) hosted its 5th Annual Maritime Law and Policy Conference in April. Researchers and postgraduate students presented their ideas about how maritime law and policy should be shaped in the future. Topics covered included the international community's response to Somali piracy; the Maritime Labour Convention and whether the Shipping Industry should be exempt from Competition Law. The conference received coverage in Ship Management International.

Google Spain: freedom of expression and the right to be forgotten (20 May 2014)

nullOn 13 May, the European Court of Justice ruled that Google must amend some search results at the request of ordinary people in a test of the so-called "right to be forgotten". The court said links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased on request. On Tuesday 20 May, the Centre for Law Justice and Journalism (CLJJ) convened a panel of experts to debate the implications of the ruling, in association with the University of Essex's Human Rights Centre (HRC). Further commentary is available on the Centre for Law Justice & Journalism blog.

6th bi-annual conference of the International Legal Ethics Association  (July 2014)

Professor Andy Boon and Professor Nigel Duncan are organizing the The conference has five streams and currently there are at least 70 sessions scheduled, each including at least three papers/presenters. Full details, including draft conference programme, are available here:

Joint workshop with the US National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism (8 - 10 July 2014)

Conference presentations

Marcus Soanes and Robert McPeake, 'Does Labelling Complainants 'Victims' Pervert the Course of Justice? (Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference 2014). The authors considered whether labels of victimhood in pre-verdict criminal litigation could endanger the course of justice. They looked at language, power and inequalities across legal processes and suggested that, at its worst, an indiscriminate use of "victim" may predetermine fact-finders' verdicts. They argued that an indiscriminate application of victim by Criminal Justice Service (CJS) stakeholders who ought to be neutral and disinterested within that system creates unacceptable risks that are inconsistent with an adversarial trial system. The presentation generated considerable interest.

Academic visitors

Paola Pannia, a PhD student at Sant'Anna University School of Advanced Studies, who is researching 'cultural crimes' and judicial argumentation.

Camilla Søbjerg Nielsen, a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen, who is researching Nordic maritime law and ship insurance law.

Dr Liang Zhao, Assistant Professor of maritime law in the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His current research areas include carriage of goods by sea, marine insurance, international sale of goods and Chinese law.


Katherine Reece Thomas commented on the extradition of Shrien Dewani, the British man accused of plotting his wife's murder while on honeymoon in the country. Katherine was interviewed by Channel 4 News and South African broadcaster, eNCAnews.

Following the announcement that standardised plain packaging for cigarettes is to be introduced in England, Dr Enrico Bonadio wrote an article for Solicitors Journal about the implications for manufacturers' trademark rights. He argued that cigarette manufacturers were wrong in their claims that their rights would be infringed by the introduction of plain packaging.

Professor Panos Koutrakos was interviewed by Voice of Russia radio about the implications of Scottish independence on the country's relationship with Europe. An article about Professor Koutrako's recent event Scotland's Independence and EU Membership is also available to read on City University London's website.

Professor Alan Riley was interviewed about the potential impact that sanctions imposed on Russia could have on international energy supplies. In The Telegraph Professor Riley suggests that the Japanese nuclear restart could provide a solution to the potential shortfall in supplies to Europe.