Enemy combatants and Guantanamo: “The case of Omar Khadr” discussed by Brunel Politics’ student Emily Cairnes

Omar Khadr was captured during the war in Afghanistan in 2002, suspected of throwing a grenade that fatally wounded American soldier Christopher Speer. At the time of his capture he was 15 years old. He confessed to the murder and has been detained at Guantanamo Bay (GMTO) ever since. However, he confessed after being subjected to physical torture and threatened with rape and death. He was held at GTMO for eight years before being charged with a murder that there is no evidence he committed. In fact, the war crime he was charged with is not a war crime at all, and the court he was tried in has been declared illegal twice by the US Supreme Court. After pleading guilty in October 2010, he received an eight year sentence. It is for these reasons that the case of Omar Khadr deserves our attention. Continue reading

NEED LAW WORK EXPERIENCE? Southwark Law Centre – looking for volunteers

Southwark Law Centre, based in Peckham, is interested in recruiting volunteers for one or two days a week.

Law Centres are not-for-profit legal practices providing free legal advice and representation to disadvantaged people. To find out more about what they do take a look at www.lawcentres.org.uk/

To find out more about the work at Southwark, see southwarklawcentre.org.uk/

and if you are interested please email Flozel Webley for an application pack: Flozel.Webley@southwarklawcentre.org.uk

Lawyers with disabilities conference – 24th April – also open to law students with disabilities

The Lawyers with Disabilities Division (LDD) has developed this half day mini-conference aimed at law students and trainee solicitors with disabilities who want to know more about embarking on a career as a solicitor; professional requirements; options available. See the link for details about this free event which gives excellent networking opportunities: http://services.lawsociety.org.uk/events/node/54687

Thinking about the LPC? Open Evening at the University of West London, Wednesday 18th April

Interested in the Legal Practice Course at the University of West London? If so, come to the University’s post-graduate open evening on Wednesday 18 April 2012 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm

There will be a presentation on the LPC at 7.30pm and the opportunity  to speak to the LPC Course Leader and have answers to all your questions.

Booking is essential, so please book your place now:  http://www.uwl.ac.uk/open_days/Postgraduate_open_days.jsp
Our open events are a great chance for you to find out more about:

  • your course
  • our staff
  • our students
  • studying here
  • our facilities.

Don’t forget to book your place now.

Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) – experience for law students

There are over 21,500 volunteers involved in the Citizens Advice service, performing a wide range of roles.

Attention all law students: If you train as a CAB adviser, you can get up to six months off your solicitor training contracts!

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out your details on the enquiry form and your chosen Citizens Advice Bureau will contact you to discuss available opportunities.

If you have questions about CAB volunteering see our Volunteering FAQs


“I get a real feeling of satisfaction from making a difference, especially for people less able to stand up for their rights.” Sheila, Stretford CAB

Without our trained volunteer advisers we could not continue to meet the demand for advice. Our generalist advice service looks at a client’s situation holistically as opposed to looking at their problems in isolation from one another. Advisers are given free training, both formal and on-the-job. As a CAB adviser you would:

  • interview clients
  • help them negotiate with people such as creditors or service providers
  • draft letters
  • make phone calls on their behalf
  • refer them to other agencies
  • represent them in court and at tribunals.