Archive for the Legal issues Category

Universities must learn to cope with students as consumers, says expert

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“From September 2012 universities in England and Wales will be able to charge up to £9,000 in tuition fees per year, and many universities have already signalled their intention to charge the full amount. This will change the way that students see their universities. As costs rise for so will expectations. Students will be more focused on making sure they get their money’s worth. How? One way will be by looking to enforce their contractual rights …” (more)

[Julian Sladdin, OUT-LAW News, 22 March]

Ban on Israel-Palestine debate ignites free speech row at French university

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“More than 150 of the world’s foremost academics have intervened in a simmering row over the banning of debates on the Israel-Palestine question at one of France’s universities, calling the move a threat to free speech …” (more)

[Kim Willsher, Guardian, 21 March]

St Patrick’s Day relatively calm despite few arrests and injuries

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , , , , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“Eight people were arrested on St Patrick’s Day in the Holylands for offences including disorderly behaviour, criminal damage and assault. There were also a number of people injured and taken to hospital for treatment …” (more)

[Kerri-Anne Campbell, The Gown, 21 March]

L’Affaire Weiler – A Brief Legal Assessment of the French Court’s Judgment

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“According to Article 11 of the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 16 August 1789, the right to free expression of ideas and opinion is one of the most precious human rights …” (more)

[Laurent Pech, EJIL: Talk!, 21 March]

Kicking into (Over)drive

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“A storm broke on February 26th when word got out that publisher HarperCollins had unilaterally decided to limit the ‘shelf life’ of its ebooks catalogue. Overdrive, a major distributor of ebooks in the public library world, found itself caught between the publishing powerhouse and a furious library community when it was announced that library loans of ebooks would be capped at 26 …” (more)

[slaw, 21 March]

DCU’s illegal disciplinary statute, still not replaced

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Incredibly, the illegal disciplinary statute that caused this ruckus and ruined many of our lives is still on the web, 4 years after being ruled illegal by the High court and 9 years after the Labour court demanded revisions ‘within two months’ …” (more)

[University Blog on Academic Tenure in Ireland, 20 March]

The expansion of research regulators: an evolutionary perspective

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Reading about evolution has made me think about why some professions grow and thrive while others die out. I’m intrigued by the expansion in numbers of people regulating the activities of researchers …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 20 March]