Considering postgraduate study in Law? Come to one of our open events in Canterbury or Brussels

Final year law and non-law students are invited to learn more about postgraduate funding and study opportunities at Kent Law School by coming to one of two open events taking place in Canterbury and Brussels.

Postgraduate programmes at Kent Law School are open to all graduates from a relevant discipline (an undergraduate degree in law is not a requirement) and may be of particular interest to those of you interested in developing your legal skills.

The Law School has an excellent international reputation; ranked 50th in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for law 2018, it is also listed amongst the top 100 law schools in the world in both the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 and the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.

The next Postgraduate Open Event on Kent’s Canterbury campus will take place on Tuesday 6 March from 17.00 to 19.00 in the Darwin Conference Suite. This event offers an excellent opportunity for you to speak to specialist academics and admissions staff about Kent Law School’s innovative, Masters in Law programme, the Kent LLM.

The Kent LLM enables you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of law by specialising in one or more different areas, according to your career interests and aspirations, even if you are a non-law graduate. All our programmes can be studied full-time or part-time and you can choose to begin your studies in either September or January.

You have the opportunity to develop specialisms in a host of subject areas including:

The Open Event offers a chance to learn more about Kent’s £11m postgraduate scholarship fund, including the Law School’s Taught Master’s Overseas Scholarship and Taught Master’s Home/EU Scholarship (which are both open for applications until Monday 19 March 2018.) You can also ask about: our competitive fees; the £10,280 Postgraduate Master’s Loans available for Home/EU students; and the Global Skills Award and Researcher Development Programme that can help enhance your career prospects.

For more information about the Kent LLM, including details of modules, please visit our website. You can also explore the Mastering Law blog (where our students write about their experiences of studying the Kent LLM) or watch our playlist of Kent LLM videos on our YouTube channel.

Study in Brussels

Two LLM programmes are also offered at Kent’s centre in Brussels and prospective students are invited to attend an Open Event at the Brussels School of International Studies on Wednesday 21 February from 17.00 to 19.00 (local time).

To find out more about any of Kent’s postgraduate events and/or to book your place, please visit the postgraduate events pages of the Kent website.

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Call for submissions for Kent Student Law Review

A call for submissions for Kent Student Law Review’s Autumn 2018 volume closes at 2pm on Friday 26 January 2018.

Kent Student Law Review (KSLR) is a student-led publication offering both undergraduate and postgraduate law students at Kent a unique opportunity to have their very best work published. Each volume showcases informed critical legal scholarship that reflects the best representation of law in society.

This year’s Editorial Board is seeking submissions of between 3,000 and 10,000 words. Shorter submissions of high quality will also be considered as will case comments and book reviews (but these should not exceed 3,000 words).

Submissions can be on any topic and can include articles based on essays and dissertations originally submitted for assessment. In such cases, the submission’s original grade should be no lower than 65%. Even where articles satisfy such minimum requirements, revisions may be required at the discretion of the KSLR Editorial Board. ​

All submissions will be subject to a double-blind review process where neither the author nor the reviewer’s identities will be known to one another. Final decisions regarding the publication of submissions will be made by the KSLR Editorial Board and will ultimately be based upon quality of research and writing, diversity, and fit with the journal’s focus and philosophy.

Submissions must follow KSLR house style and be uploaded in Microsoft Word format.

This year’s volume will be the fourth with all previous volumes available to read on the KSLR website.

Further information is available on the KSLR Facebook page or via email from: KSLReditor@kent.ac.uk

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Law students win international negotiation competition

Kent Law School student negotiators Jade Levin and Summer Prior won the final of Lex Infinitum 2018 in Goa this weekend, an international dispute resolution competition.

Jade and Summer were awarded ‘Best Negotiating Team’ in the final against Government Law College, Mumbai. Together with Andreas Malekos, the three final-year Law LLB students from Kent comprised the only team from the UK (out of a total of 24 teams) taking part.

Jade, Summer and Andreas were accompanied to Goa (and coached) by the Law School’s Lecturer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Janie Clement-Walker, an accredited Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) negotiator.

On the first day of the four-day competition, all teams and their coaches were invited to attend a workshop conducted by expert ADR practitioners. Two days of competition followed before the final, held on Saturday 13 January.

Image credit: Lex Infinitum

The final was judged by a panel of five expert mediators and took place on a stage in front of all the other competitors and their coaches. The problem tackled by the finalists centred around a dispute between two recent graduates over a business venture to develop and market a new App. The whole negotiation was blogged live online at mediationmusings.com

At the closing ceremony held at Marriott, Miramar, Jade and Summer received their award from the Hon. Justice Kum Nutan D Sardessai, a Judge at the High Court of Bombay at Goa.

Lex Infinitum seeks to give law students from all over the world an opportunity to showcase their Mediation and Negotiation skills. It also aims to promote Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in India and to provide law students and ADR experts with a platform to network, innovate and keep abreast of the latest happenings in the field of ADR.

Law students at Kent can choose to study extra-curricular ADR modules in Mediation and/or Negotiation, both of which offer the chance to compete at national and international level. The modules provide an introduction to the skills required to resolve legal disputes without recourse to litigation. Other options include client interviewing.

In April last year a team of six Kent Law School student mediators won two awards at the 16th International Law School Mediation Tournament held in Glasgow after reaching the final of the competition sponsored by the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR). The team won a Top Ten Mediator Team Award for finishing fourth out of 42 teams and were voted winners of the H Case Ellis Spirit of Mediation Award by competitors. It was the second consecutive year a team from Kent scooped the prestigious Spirit of Mediation award.

Kent Law School hosted the UK final of the National Student Negotiation Competition in 2016 and played host to the Brown-Mosten International Client Consultation Competition in April 2017.

Law students at Kent can also develop their practical legal skills by getting involved with the work of Kent Law Clinic, recently relocated to the £5 million purpose-built Wigoder Law Building. The new building also includes a replica court room on the upper floor, home for Kent’s busy mooting programme.

Jade, Summer and Andreas pictured preparing mid-way through the competition

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New international exchange agreement with Colombian university for PhD legal scholars

Colombian PhD legal scholar Diego Peña is the first to benefit from a new international exchange agreement between Kent Law School and the Universidad de los Andes (Los Andes) in Bogotá DC.

The reciprocal agreement enables up to three doctoral research students from each institution to study at the partner institution for a period of six to 12 months. It was instigated by Kent Law School Senior Lecturer Dr Luis Eslava with support from the Law School’s Co-Director of Postgraduate Research Professor Donatella Alessandrini, Director of International Programmes Lisa Dickson and Law Lecturer Dr Rose Sydney Parfitt.

Both Kent and Los Andes also share a commitment to promote academic staff mobility opportunities and the development and consolidation of research networks with a view to developing collaborative teaching, joint research projects and joint conferences and seminars.

Diego was keen to take advantage of the opportunity to engage with Kent Law School’s distinctive critical approach to socio-legal research and arrived in September to work under the supervision of Dr Eslava. Diego said: ‘Kent was very attractive to me because I was trying to introduce a critical approach to my thesis. Additionally, I had read a book by Dr Eslava that was very stimulating and useful. He studies the links between local urban development and international law in developing countries that takes Bogotá as an example.’

Diego’s thesis is a study of the relationship between urban policy and public law in three Latin American cities: São Paulo, Santiago de Chile and Bogotá. The provisional title is ‘Autoimmune Bureaucracy and Urban Space: Three Latin American Contexts.’ (Read more about Diego’s research – and his experience of coming to study at Kent Law School – in his student profile below.)

This latest international exchange agreement is the third to be made available to PhD scholars at Kent Law School; an agreement signed in May 2017 between Kent Law School and the University of Melbourne was also the first PhD student exchange agreement to be made available at Kent. Kent Law School signed an earlier partnership agreement in 2015 with the Law Faculty of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte.

The Law School is a dynamic and cosmopolitan centre of world-leading research; in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the Law School was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity and was ranked within the top 20 for research output, research quality and research impact. It is also ranked amongst the top 100 law schools in the world in both the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 and the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.

Los Andes University was founded in 1948 and is the only Colombian private university to have received Institutional Accreditation from the Ministry of National Education for nine years. It has been ranked in the QS World University Rankings 2016 as the best university in Colombia, 7th in Latin America and 283rd in the world.

Research degree programmes offered at Kent’s Canterbury campus include: Law – LLM, MPhil; Law – PhD; and Socio-legal Studies – LLM, MPhil, Phd. A specialist PhD Programme in Law is also available at the University’s centre in Brussels. Applications are currently open for full time studentships for postgraduate research degrees in law beginning at Kent’s Canterbury campus in September 2018.


International exchange student profile: PhD legal scholar Diego Peña

Can you tell us about the research you have been doing during your time at Kent?

I have done two basic activities. First, I have been working on the first part of my thesis. In this section, I am going to present my theoretical approach and the central argument. Dr Eslava has helped me a lot in this aspect. We have held very interesting and productive meetings about the main purpose of my work and the core of the proposal. Additionally, he has recommended some interesting readings with a critical emphasis. Based on this, I have made advances with the introduction to my thesis and have a clearer idea of the next steps. The other activity I have been involved in is the research of literature on urban development in England. Now it is easier for me to understand the differences and similarities between this country and Colombia. I hope to have the opportunity to deepen this issue in the future. And finally, I have been assisting with some classes and seminars at Kent where it’s been possible to get to know its warm environment and the pedagogic system.

How has your time at Kent helped/influenced the development of your thesis?

One of the most important steps of my research, and maybe the most difficult, has been the beginning of the writing. The time at Kent has been vital to take that step. I had made progress in Colombia with help of Mauricio Rengifo, my supervisor there, and I had the extraordinary opportunity to travel to São Paulo and Santiago this year to gather information. However, until now, I had not been able to put the first word in writing. The environment at Kent, a methodological class that I was able to take and, especially, the support of Dr Eslava, has allowed me to make progress not only with the elucidation of the aims of my thesis but also in writing the introduction. I needed a push to release the first ideas and express them on paper. Fortunately, all the opportunities here at Kent enabled me to receive that boost. Now, the path towards the finalisation of the work is clearer, and its elaboration is more fluent and enjoyable.

And how are you finding life in Canterbury (and the UK)?

I live in Bogotá (Colombia), a city that is very big and a little bit chaotic. I am not very sure why, but I love it. I guess it is because when you live in such a context you must learn to appreciate the charm of the chaos. However, if you live in Canterbury it is impossible not to fall in love with its beautiful architecture and landscape, its tranquility, and its order. I came here with my wife and my son, and we have enjoyed the city a lot. We feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to live here and to know its kind people. It is a unique place in the world and we never will forget our months here.

Would you recommend this exchange programme to other PhD scholars?

Absolutely yes. This experience has changed not only my perspective as a scholar but also my entire life. My expectations have been widely surpassed. Academic life here is vibrant and all members of the Postgraduate Research team have an unconditional disposition to make this experience gratifying and useful. I have found a very diverse space of research here and, therefore, I am sure that any student from my University or my country would have a fantastic experience here.

You will soon be returning to Bogotá DC – when do you hope to complete your studies?

I hope to finish my thesis by the end of September and defend it in October.

Can you tell us about any future career plans you may have?

I would like to continue my career as a scholar, teaching and researching in my country. However, it has been very important in my life to combine my scholarly activities with the practical. Therefore, I hope to work again with the national or local government in my country and contribute to debates on urban policy in Colombia and Latin America.

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Expert comment: ‘Nothing comes for free in the contemporary British divorce’

Responding to the news that money worries are cited in one in ten marriage break ups, Dr Ruth Cain from Kent Law School comments that ‘apart from having a child (estimated lifetime cost £230,000), a divorce is probably the highest cost life event you will face.

‘An entirely uncomplicated so-called ‘quickie’ divorce would cost at least £550 in legal fees alone, simply to dissolve the marriage and obtain the necessary decrees. The quickie divorce is very rare, since the existence of children or even shared assets creates unavoidable complications for most couples.

‘There is not likely to be any financial help with fees or costs (except for the most hard-up, such as those on benefits who may be exempt from certain fees). Since 2013, legal aid for those on low incomes no longer exists for private family law issues such as divorce and disputes over children.

‘2016 estimates by the legal profession suggest that the average cost of a UK divorce is £70,000 and rising – with £8k of this total being legal fees, and £52,000 comprised of lost assets and debt repayments (usually a shared mortgage).

‘The cost of housing alone, especially in the South of England, generally absorbs most of the cash and shared assets of any couple. Accommodation costs are particularly onerous if rooms are required for children, meaning that the supposed ideal of ‘shared care’ of children is often simply impractical; lack of access to acceptable overnight accommodation for children can estrange the ‘non-resident’ parent (usually not always the father) if he is unable to have his children to stay.

‘Legal conflict over property and/or arrangements for children can ramp up the costs of divorce dramatically. Family law solicitors cost upwards of £200 per hour in most parts of the country, and an exchange of stiffly-worded letters about a contested point can soon cost several thousand pounds before the matter even reaches the courtroom.

‘Prolonged and unrestrained conflict can and sometimes does lead to catastrophic levels of debt, even between formerly relatively wealthy couples. Contrary to some popular opinion, it is women and not men who suffer the greatest financial hit from divorce; while men may lose significant amounts of capital if they for instance hand over the family home to an ex-wife with children, the earning capacity of a divorced woman with children is severely restricted, as she is likely to have the lion’s share of care responsibilities and to lose her footing in the job market.

‘Moves to restrict the amount of maintenance paid to women left caring for children after divorce have been clear in some recent high-profile cases; arrangements to, for instance, have the family home sold after the youngest child reaches 18 or 21 are also becoming increasingly common.

‘Meanwhile, an employed and/or highly qualified mother is less likely to receive as much maintenance as a ‘homemaker’ who took full charge of childcare, and is more likely to be expected to submit to a geographically restrictive ‘shared care’ arrangement.

‘Theoretically, men who have 50/50 care of their children may not pay any maintenance at all – but both ‘halves’ of the split family will need to cover their increased costs alone.

‘The government now aims to channel divorcing couples down the mediation route by making an initial Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (MIAM) compulsory in cases relating to divorce or child arrangements. This will be cheaper than solicitor-led litigation – if it works and the couple are able to sit in a room together and reach an agreement.

‘Fees for a MIAM average at about £65 per person (but this will vary from location to location) and subsequent meetings could cost upward of £120 per session.

‘Nothing comes for free in the contemporary British divorce: should financial arrangements for children prove elusive, the government now charges both parties upfront for access to the Child Maintenance Service and takes a cut of the amount paid at both ends.

‘An entirely private agreement about property, children and cash will thus save both parties considerable amounts of money, but peaceful agreement is probably the one thing that is in even shorter supply than money in most divorce situations.’

The primary area of research for Dr Cain is the regulation and representation of reproduction and parenting, especially maternity. She is interested in tracking relationships between law, literature, popular culture and the media, and how these shape perceptions of gender, sexuality and embodiment.

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Kent LLM students help victims of misuse of counterterrorism laws to assert their legal rights

Victims of the misuse of counterterrorism laws by international organisations such as the UN and Interpol are being helped to assert their legal rights by Kent Law School LLM students.

The students have been undertaking cutting-edge research under the supervision of Kent Law School Lecturer and Solicitor Dr Gavin Sullivan as part of an innovative clinical project to help people assert their due process rights. Dr Sullivan leads a module in Global Security Law for the Kent LLM (Master’s in Law) that immerses students in contemporary security and accountability problems.

Nerifa Lukuamusa, Jade Knight and Gemma Mills are working in collaboration with Fair Trials International to assist people subjected to Interpol Red Notice electronic alerts. Dr Sullivan said: ‘These alerts stop people wanted for crimes from travelling across borders and facilitate their extradition. But they have been misused by states to target journalists, refugees, human rights defenders and political opponents. Interpol has legal immunity, which means it cannot be challenged in court. Our students have been helping people request removal from Interpol’s databases and researching how the Red Notice system can be made human rights compliant.’

Marina Zieman, Anamika Misra and Naomi Namugenyi are working with Reprieve researching EU member state policies on the use of armed drones outside of armed conflict. Their research will support the push by Reprieve and others to create a European Common Position on Armed Drones which, if adopted, will make EU states accountable for rights violations stemming from their involvement in targeted killing practices. Earlier this term, Tayyiba Bajwa of Reprieve came and delivered a guest lecture in this Global Security Law module on drone warfare and accountability.

Melanie Lafresiere and Jana Daoud are working with Dr Sullivan to assist two clients seeking removal from the UN Security Council’s counterterrorism sanctions list. This has involved working with pro bono legal counsel – Rachel Barnes of Three Raymond Buildings chambers in London – as well as a team of law student volunteers from Roma Tre University in Italy directed by Dr Alice Riccardi. In November 2017, these students accompanied Dr Sullivan on a legal casework visit to Rome to interview the clients and collaboratively develop their cases. Last week, a delisting application was filed to the UN1267 Office of the Ombudsperson on the basis of this work.

Dr Sullivan joined Kent Law School in 2016. He is Coordinator of the Transnational Listing Project – a global law clinic providing pro bono representation to people targeted by security lists. As a solicitor, Dr Sullivan has a background in public law and human rights litigation and has represented clients in proceedings before the UK High Court and Court of Appeal, the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Security Council. He previously directed the Counterterrorism Program at the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin (Germany) and has advised peacebuilding organisations working in Somalia on the impact of counterterrorism measures on their work.

The Kent LLM is a one-year taught Master’s in Law offered at Kent’s Canterbury campus with start dates in either September or January. The program enables students to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of law by specialising in one or more different areas. Students applying to begin their studies next year can also apply now for a range of scholarships.

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Law Clinic students launch £10k fundraising campaign for international exchange visit

A £10k fundraising campaign has been launched by Kent Law Clinic students to help meet costs for an international exchange visit by a law clinic in Sierra Leone.

The visit is the first in a new exchange programme with the Law Clinic at the University of Makeni (UniMak). Six students and two staff from UniMak will stay at Kent’s Canterbury campus for 10 days in March 2018 and it is hoped that a smaller number of students from Kent may visit Sierra Leone later in the year.

The visit to Kent will include trips to courts in Canterbury and London, a trip to the Houses of Parliament and meetings with local lawyers. There will also be a moot in the Wigoder Law Building’s purpose-built Moot Room on the University’s Canterbury campus.

The Makeni-Kent Project Exchange’s fundraising campaign will help meet the costs of air, train and bus travel, accommodation and an amount in respect of subsistence. The cost per student is around £1,500. Fundraising activities planned for 2018 include a pub quiz, a fun run and a gaming night at Mungo’s Bar and Bistro on campus. Contributions from sponsors/donors are warmly welcomed on the GoFundMe page at: www.gofundme.com/makenikent-project-exchange

A partnership with UniMak began with the law clinic in Makeni in 2014. Sierra Leone has a Common Law jurisdiction, based on that of the UK, with the two countries sharing similar legal procedure and also some case-law and statute. The Makeni-Kent Project aims to enrich the legal education of law students in both countries. The two clinics share a determination not only to work and learn together but to deepen their knowledge and understanding of each other’s cultures and legal systems.

Initially, Kent students worked under the supervision of Law Clinic solicitors to help with legal research for criminal cases being defended by students and volunteer lawyers in Sierra Leone. During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, when UniMak’s clinic was forced to close, students at Kent turned their efforts to fundraising and sent £1,000 in support of beleaguered colleagues in Makeni.

Assistance with legal research resumed once Sierra Leone became Ebola-free in November 2015. The following year, students at Kent sent nearly 400 second-hand law text books to students at Makeni via the UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network. More regular channels of communication via Facebook and WhatsApp strengthened relationships between the two clinics and helped foster a shared desire to launch an exchange programme.

Professor John Fitzpatrick, Director of Kent Law Clinic, said: ‘It was thought that giving students the opportunity to visit each other’s clinics and to observe and participate in the legal work of another country would greatly enhance the ongoing dialogue between the two law clinics concerning the work that they undertake. It would encourage the sharing of information, and also the support given to each other in terms of ideas and research, and generally foster a cross-jurisdictional legal education.’

Over 30 students are actively involved in the Project’s weekly meetings at Kent. Student Coordinator, Rhianna Melvin, said: ‘The input of work by students has created a solid platform for the future of the Project and developed a close relationship between the students in terms of legal research and assistance.’

The Law Clinic at UniMak is staffed by law students, academics and practising lawyers. It provides a pro-bono legal service that aims to help the most marginalised individuals in the local community to gain access to justice through the law, and to prepare students for the practice of law in Sierra Leone.

Kent Law Clinic is a partnership between students, academics and lawyers in practice locally. It has two objectives: to provide legal advice and representation for individuals and groups who are otherwise unable to afford access to the remedies that the law offers, and to enhance the legal education of students at Kent Law School through direct experience of legal practice.

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Apply now for postgraduate taught scholarships in Law

Students applying to begin their studies of the Kent LLM in September 2018 or January 2019 can apply now for scholarships.

The Kent LLM is a one-year taught Master’s in Law offered at our Canterbury campus with start dates in either September or January.

Applications for the Taught Master’s Overseas Scholarship and for the Taught Master’s Home/EU Scholarship close on Monday 19 March 2018. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

The Taught Master’s Home/EU Scholarships at Kent Law School cover full tuition fees payable by Home/EU students – for the academic year 2017/18, the Home/EU rate is £7,210.

Two types of Taught Master’s Overseas Scholarships are available; the first will provide tuition fees at the full overseas rate (£14,670 in 2017/18) along with living expenses (equivalent to£14,553 in 2017/18) and the second will provide tuition fees at the full overseas rate.

Students who are successful in their application for scholarships will be considered Kent LLM Scholars and will have the opportunity to act as LLM Ambassadors.

There are also three Kent LLM Student Awards  available to support students who are from or who have studied an undergraduate degree in Kenya, Nigeria and Thailand. Eligible students will be awarded £2,500 as an automatic tuition fee discount (no formal deadline applies).

In addition to funding offered by the Law School, the University has a generous postgraduate scholarship fund in excess of £9m available to both taught and research students studying at Kent. General information about postgraduate funding at Kent, including information about tuition fees, can be found on the University’s Postgraduate scholarships and funding web page.

(For students interested in postgraduate research degrees, Kent Law School also offers a number of research studentships and LLM by Research scholarships.)


The Kent LLM

The Kent LLM enables students to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of law by specialising in one or more different areas, according to their career interests and aspirations, even if they are a non-law graduate. Students have the opportunity to choose pathways in a host of subject areas including: Criminal Justice, Environmental Law and Policy, Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Commercial Law, International Criminal Justice, International Environmental Law, International Law, International Law with International Relations, Law and the Humanities and Medical Law and Ethics.

The innovative nature of the programme means that students have the option to leave their choice of pathway open until after they arrive, with their specialisms being determined by the modules that they select. (Two further LLM programmes are also offered at Kent’s centre in Brussels.)

More information about the Kent LLM is available on our Mastering Law blog and in our video:

In this second video, Head of Kent Law School Professor Toni Williams talks in more detail about our critical approach to teaching at Kent. She also explains the distinctive and flexible structure of the Kent LLM; the option to study at Brussels; and the value of gaining skills in legal imagination.

“That’s really what the critical approach hones in you – new ways of thinking about law, new ways of imagining law, thinking about law’s creative possibilities, it’s destructive potential” – Professor Toni Williams

 

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Environmental Due Diligence: The role of environmental law and policy in mergers and acquisitions

Kent Law School’s Environmental Law Seminar Series continued this month with a talk by alumnus Rufus Howard on ‘Environmental Due Diligence’.

Rufus completed his Environmental Law and Policy LLM at Kent in 2004 and is now a leading environment and sustainability professional drawing on 13 years of experience in academia, government and business.

The talk began by focusing on when and how due diligence, the idea of ‘taking care and providing a thorough investigation into a business,’ would be used and carried out, particularly in relation to mergers and acquisitions and project investment financing. The focus was then turned to the different actors involved in carrying out due diligence, for example environmental specialists looking into potential environmental liabilities and the difficulties that can arise from doing this, such as the need for predictive decisions according to international standards and the nature and scope of the problem in question.

Rufus then discussed the global standards that underpin these issues such as the ethics and morals that a business should uphold according to a good environmental standard, not only for their reputation, but also to be able to get financing according to International Finance Corporation performance standards. Rufus discussed these standards in detail and analysed some of the relevant issues such as the idea of them being from a ‘Western perspective’ and what would happen if standards are not adhered to for this reason.

Rufus concluded the talk by giving real life case studies and examples of due diligence work that has been carried out by consultancies and aspects which are focused on when this is done eg ensuring an understanding of what exactly is being acquired and issues of land contamination.

Report by Kent LLM student Amy Marsella. (Organised with colleagues Parinyaporn Papao and Sanparat Tangsajatu.)


The Environmental Law Seminar Series has been designed specifically for students with an interest in the environmental law modules offered within the School’s one-year Master’s in Law programme, the Kent LLM.

Kent LLM students can graduate on either the Environmental Law or International Environmental Law pathway by (i) opting to study at least three (out of six) modules from those associated with the pathway of their choice and by (ii) focusing the topic of their dissertation on their chosen pathway.

More information about environmental law research, events and academics at Kent can be found on the Environmental Law mini-site. More information about studying the Kent LLM (and choosing your pathway) can be found on our postgraduate pages.

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Apply now for studentships for postgraduate research degrees in law

Applications are now invited for full time studentships for postgraduate research degrees in law beginning at Kent’s Canterbury campus in September 2018.

Scholarships for Kent Law School’s PhD in Law are awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) via the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), and by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) via the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South East (CHASE). Other awards include Kent Law School Studentships and the Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships.

It is expected that successfull applicants will undertake their studies in areas of existing research strength of the Law School; research proposals in socio-legal studies, law and the humanities, and critical legal studies are particularly welcome. Deadline dates for all applications are in January with interview dates scheduled in February – full details are on our website.

Unless otherwise indicated, successful applicants for the studentships will receive a maintenance grant equivalent to that currently offered by the ESRC and a fee grant which will fully cover tuition fees paid at the Home/EU rate.

Students awarded a Kent Law School Studentship or Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship may be expected to do some teaching on an undergraduate law module, at the direction of the Head of School.

For those who intend to undertake an LLM by Research, Kent Law School invites applications for the Larry Grant Scholarship.

Kent Law School is a dynamic and cosmopolitan centre of world-leading research with a vibrant community of more than 70 postgraduate research students. Students benefit from an inclusive research culture and study within a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment that includes many opportunities to engage critically with academic research and contemporary issues.

Programmes offered at our Canterbury campus include:

A specialist PhD Programme in Law is also available at the University’s centre in Brussels.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), Kent Law School was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity and was ranked within the top 20 for research output, research quality and research impact. It is also ranked amongst the top 100 law schools in the world in both the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 and the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.

(For students interested in postgraduate taught degrees, Kent Law School also offers a number of Taught Master’s Overseas Scholarships and Taught Master’s Home/EU Scholarships as well as three Kent LLM Student Awards for students who are from or who have studied an undergraduate degree in Kenya, Nigeria and Thailand).

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