Events & Lectures

Fully supported by Abu Dhabi Police, the inaugural GCC Forensic Science Conference 2017 is the must attend event for the entire forensic sector and supply chain in the Middle East. The event, taking place 14-15 November 2017 at The Westin Abu Dhabi, will showcase the latest equipment and services as well as providing the definitive source of education, best practice, training and networking.

The GCC Forensic Science Conference will take you on a journey starting at the scene of crime and finishing in the courtroom.  The conference will offer a unique 360 degree viewpoint of the entire forensics industry; whether your interest is in laboratory equipment, scene of crime, digital investigation or forensic analysis, the GCC Forensic Science Conference is the event for you.

Event Name: GCC Forensic Science Conference

Dates: 14 – 15 November 2017

Venue: The Westin, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Time: 08:00am – 16:30pm

Website: www.gccforensic.com/welcome

 


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Family Law: 2017-18 free public lectures

Professor Jo Delahunty QC’s second year focuses on transparency

The second series of lectures of Professor Jo Delahunty QC continues the theme of ‘transparency’ exploring diversity, equality and fairness  in the family Justice system.

Her series for 2017-18 will be:

1)     Women Lawyers: Equals at the Bar? Thursday, 5th October 2017, 6pm-7pm, Barnard’s Inn Hall, EC1N 2HH

The times they are a-changing – or are they? Do female lawyers need to be superwomen on survive? Is parenthood welcomed, tolerated or rejected at the Bar? What makes for a successful advocate? Is gender relevant? What about career progression: are women fairly represented at the Bench and in its most senior courts? Is there practice or appointment discrimination, and if so, what is being done about it? This lecture will explore the reality of life at the Bar and why vocation matters.

**Special booklaunch and lecture, Justice for All, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC,Thursday 19th October, 6pm-7pm Barnard’s Inn Hall, EC1N 2HH

During his tenure as Gresham Professor of Law (2012–2016), Geoffrey Nice tackled subjects as diverse as genocide, the law’s role in sexual conduct, and whether lawyers really are scoundrels. To mark the publication of these lectures, Sir Geoffrey will be revisiting some of his key themes in the light of some changes that have taken place across the world since – and to offer his personal view. His book – Justice for All, and How to Achieve it – will be available for the first time at the event.

2)     What do Judges do in the Family Court? Thursday, 30th November 2017, 6pm-7pm, Barnard’s Inn Hall, EC1N 2HH

What do judges do in the family court? Follow me through a virtual week as a Roving Judge. Learn what goes on behind the scenes: how the family court room works and who is needed to make it work. A judge’s approach to a case can fundamentally affect the way the parties perceive the trial as fair. What makes for a good Judge? What training do they have? Do they properly reflect society’s make-up? Is diversity left at the red baize door and kept outside the corridors of power?

3)     Vulnerable Clients and the Family Justice System  Thursday, 1 February 2018, 6pm-7pm, Barnard’s Inn Hall, EC1N 2HH

Do the courts respect diversity or punish it when it comes to parenthood? What disabilities does it encounter? How can the learning disabled parent ensure their voice is heard in court? What to do when the wish to parent might not be matched by an ability to parent? What does the justice system do to protect the rights of the disabled person to be a parent, and of the child to be adequately parented? Does a disability prevent you from being a good parent?

4)     Dealing with sex abuse: how does the family court assess risk? Thursday, 1st March 2018, 6pm-7pm, Barnard’s Inn Hall, EC1N 2HH

Sexual abuse is always an abuse of power. It can be opportunistic or premediated; furtive intra-familial abuse or acts shared online. It can be multigenerational and inter-sex: grandmother to grandson; father to daughter; sibling to sibling. The victim may become an abuser. What can break the cycle? What effect do these cases have n the professionals involved? How does the family justice system confront these emotive and complex cases?

Warning: this lecture contains details that some may find distressing.

5)     The Child in the Family Court Room: Whose child is it anyway? Thursday, 26th April 2018, 6pm-7pm, Barnard’s Inn Hall, EC1N 2HH

What role do children play in the family trial? The case concerns their future: how is their voice heard? What happens in they hold the key to the issues before the court? Should they give evidence, hear evidence? Should they meet the judge deciding their futures? How does the court reduce the risk that the trial experience itself harms the child it is seeking to protect? In this lecture I will explore whether the family court system is fit for purpose when it comes to dealing with the children at the heart of its deliberations.

6)     Transparency in the FamilyCourt: What goes on Behind closed Doors?  Thursday, 24th May 2018, 6pm-7pm, Barnard’s Inn Hall, EC1N 2HH

Who does the story belong to: the family or society? Where and how are the lines drawn? Until relatively recently the Family Court door was closed to all save the parties and professionals involved in the case. A 2014 initiative aimed to secure ‘an immediate and significant change in practice’ to usher in greater understanding of the way in which the courts operate. The aim was to improve public awareness of the court process and to increase confidence in its actions. ‘Transparency’ was the watch word of the day. Has it worked?.

About Professor Jo Delahunty QC

Jo Delahunty QC is one of the UK’s leading barristers specialising in cases concerned with families and children. She was appointed Gresham Professor of Law in the summer of 2016. Read more about her distinguished career.

 

The Law Professorship at Gresham College is over four centuries old and has been held by some of the nation’s leading lawyers and legal academics. Read more.

About Gresham College

The College fills lecture halls for its four or so free public lectures every week amounting to around 130 a year. All Gresham lectures are made available online after the event.

A series of six lectures a year is delivered by each of our ten Professors. These are augmented by a number of Visiting Professors and as many as 40 individual lectures from a range of illustrious speakers selected from the worlds of academia, politics and industry.

Gresham College is an independent institution funded from the estate of our founder, Sir Thomas Gresham. After his death in 1579, Sir Thomas’ estate and control of his benefaction was left to the City of London Corporation and the Worshipful Company of Mercers, which operate through the Joint Grand Gresham Committee to support the College.

 

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