December and January news from the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture.

In December 2015, Steve and Guy were invited to North West University in Potchefstroom as part of their ongoing research collaboration for the Education and Human Rights in Diversity Project (Edu-HRight). A joint piece of research arising from this partnership is due to appear shortly in the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal.

In January, Stephanie Roberts began her research sabbatical in order to carry out two empirical research projects. The first project is on the decision-making process of the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal and the second project is on the referral grounds of the Criminal Cases Review Commission to the Court of Appeal. More details and outputs here in due course.

Guy Osborn had an article, ‘Criminalising Contract: Does ticket touting warrant the protection of the criminal law?’, published in the Criminal Law Review (with Mark James, Manchester Metropolitan University).

The Film Matters programme for 2016 commenced with a good turnout for a screening and discussion on Ex Machina, part of the on-going Law and Artificial Intelligence Series curated by Dr Paresh Kathrani. Full details and review to follow.

Finally, the sad news of David Bowie’s passing dominated the headlines in January. Bowie played Westminster Law School building as part of the Ziggy Stardust tour, appearing on 12 May in 1972. Whilst we unfortunately do not have a poster to add to our current exhibition of gig posters from bands who have played the Law School, we have created a playlist of songs on Spotify based on an (unverified) setlist from the show.

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