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insight4me Law: Human Rights – Curriculum Insights With Goldsmiths & UEA

5th February 2020 @ 12:45 - 13:45




insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for current Year 12/Year 13 students. The sessions support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording students the opportunity to talk to different universities and make informed comparisons about how, in this case, Law is taught.

In this insight4me Law webinar for schools and colleges, two universities, University of East Anglia and Goldsmiths, University of London, will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of Human Rights, the universities have the freedom to choose their own topic, a topic that links to the A Level curriculum, and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the Year 12/Year 13 students.

Through the discussion, the universities are encouraged to provide an insight into the teaching and learning experience of this topic at university, and compare and contrast how other subject areas across the Law spectrum might be treated. Students will gain an insight into how these subjects continue beyond the A-level curriculum.

By hearing from 2 unis, students will also appreciate how the further study of Law can vary between institutions, contributing to the depth of their HE research and assisting informed decision making.

Full details of the universities and their talks will be posted below once confirmed.

  • University of East Anglia: Holly Hancock, Associate Tutor, UEA School of Law will present Social Media, Human Rights and Privacy in Today’s Digital World. Human Rights matter crucially to us all, but in a multi-media interconnected world, the environment we find ourselves in poses both challenges and also opportunities.  This is particularly the case for privacy concerns, which are protected as a human right.  This session will explore some recent developments, how they might affect us and what might happen in the future.  We’ll also look at some celebrity cases and how human rights have played a role in these, to balance the different interests involved. 
  • Goldsmiths, University of London: Law is ubiquitous, penetrating nearly all aspects of human activity. It is everlasting and omnipresent. But Law ‘does not occupy a world of its own’, writes Lord Jonathan Sumption, renowned British Judge and historian, who has served at the Supreme Court from 2012 to 2018. Law is ‘part of a larger system of public decision-making. The rest is politics: the politics of ministers and legislators, of political parties, of media and pressure groups and of the wider electorate’, he further explains. With this in mind, and in the context of the UK having just left the European Union, we’re going to ask: ‘Will UK membership of the European Convention on Human Rights have the same fate as its membership of the EU?’

    In its 2019 manifesto, the Conservative government committed to “updating” the Human Right Act as well as looking again at the “relationship between the government, parliament and the courts” (it had previously committed to repealing the Human Rights Act).

    But what does “update” mean exactly, and what is wrong with the existing constitutional structures defining the government’s relationship with parliament and courts? Some commentators are right to identify in these promises serious threats to judicial independence and the separation of powers. 

    Head of Law at Goldsmiths, Prof Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, will be exploring these threats in his presentation, giving participants a glimpse of the critical and activist LLB Law programme at Goldsmiths. 

Students will have the chance to question each speaker and/or offer their own ideas.

This will be a dynamic, fast paced event with the universities cycling between 2 different virtual rooms. The universities will decide how to manage the time but a rough guide would be a 20 minute talk followed by questions from the schools.



Suitable for: Year 12 and 13 students studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Law and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Law at university level.

The IT Setup: The setup is similar to Skype, using a pc and webcam, although students take part as a group with the image projected on a whiteboard rather than as individuals in front of lots of pcs. Dedicated videoconferencing equipment is also compatible if available to the school. Further details are here: Connecting in to a Channel Talent Event (Please Click)

We will work with your IT department to ensure everything is set up and working prior to the event. The sessions are generally limited to 3 to 5 schools to maintain the interactive nature of the experience. In this event there will be three groups of schools taking part increasing the opportunity to participate.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you have a group of students that you would like to take part in this event, please click here 

Subject to availability we will book a place for you.


5th February 2020
12:45 - 13:45
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