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A collection of public lectures either given at, or by members of, the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.

Cambridge Law: Public Lectures from the Faculty of Law Cambridge University

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A collection of public lectures either given at, or by members of, the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.

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    Are private prosecutions a public benefit, or a public bane?

    Are private prosecutions a public benefit, or a public bane?

    There have been several recent egregious examples of private prosecutions, including the case of the Post Office prosecuting numerous Postmasters for losses caused by a faulty IT system. Professor John Spencer discusses these cases, the evolution of the system of private prosecutions, and the considerations involved in regulating such actions.

    Professor Spencer is Professor Emeritus of Law and Honorary President of the European Criminal Law Association. He has written extensively on criminal justice matters and has been involved in a number of law reform projects.

    For more information about Professor Spencer, please refer to his profile at https://www.law.cam.ac.uk/people/jr-spencer/79

    Law in Focus is a collection of short videos featuring academics from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, addressing legal issues in current affairs and the news. These issues are examples of the many which challenge researchers and students studying undergraduate and postgraduate law at the Faculty.

    • 14 min
    Are private prosecutions a public benefit, or a public bane? (audio)

    Are private prosecutions a public benefit, or a public bane? (audio)

    There have been several recent egregious examples of private prosecutions, including the case of the Post Office prosecuting numerous Postmasters for losses caused by a faulty IT system. Professor John Spencer discusses these cases, the evolution of the system of private prosecutions, and the considerations involved in regulating such actions.

    Professor Spencer is Professor Emeritus of Law and Honorary President of the European Criminal Law Association. He has written extensively on criminal justice matters and has been involved in a number of law reform projects.

    For more information about Professor Spencer, please refer to his profile at https://www.law.cam.ac.uk/people/jr-spencer/79

    Law in Focus is a collection of short videos featuring academics from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, addressing legal issues in current affairs and the news. These issues are examples of the many which challenge researchers and students studying undergraduate and postgraduate law at the Faculty.

    This entry provides an audio source for iTunes.

    • 14 min
    'Modern Judging': The 2021 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture (audio)

    'Modern Judging': The 2021 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture (audio)

    On 16 November 2021 Lady Dame Sarah Falk delivered the 2021 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture entitled "Modern Judging".

    The Honourable Mrs Justice Falk DBE spoke about modern judging, her experience as a High Court judge having followed an unconventional path to the High Court bench, the selection of judges, and some lessons learned from the pandemic for the conduct of proceedings.

    Dame Sarah Falk studied law at the University of Cambridge before starting her professional career at Freshfields. She was a partner at Freshfields between 1994 and 2013 and subsequently worked as a consultant. While at Freshfields she was involved in graduate recruitment as well as holding managerial roles. She became a High Court judge in October 2018, sitting in the Chancery Division, and was appointed to the Judicial Appointments Commission as the High Court representative in October 2019.

    The Cambridge Freshfields Lecture is an annual address delivered by a guest of the Cambridge Private Law Centre, and the event is sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

    More information about this lecture, including photographs from the event, is available from the Private Law Centre website:

    http://www.privatelaw.law.cam.ac.uk/events/past-events

    This entry provides an audio source for iTunes.

    • 52 min
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    'Modern Judging': The 2021 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture

    'Modern Judging': The 2021 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture

    On 16 November 2021 Lady Dame Sarah Falk delivered the 2021 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture entitled "Modern Judging".

    The Honourable Mrs Justice Falk DBE spoke about modern judging, her experience as a High Court judge having followed an unconventional path to the High Court bench, the selection of judges, and some lessons learned from the pandemic for the conduct of proceedings.

    Dame Sarah Falk studied law at the University of Cambridge before starting her professional career at Freshfields. She was a partner at Freshfields between 1994 and 2013 and subsequently worked as a consultant. While at Freshfields she was involved in graduate recruitment as well as holding managerial roles. She became a High Court judge in October 2018, sitting in the Chancery Division, and was appointed to the Judicial Appointments Commission as the High Court representative in October 2019.

    The Cambridge Freshfields Lecture is an annual address delivered by a guest of the Cambridge Private Law Centre, and the event is sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

    More information about this lecture, including photographs from the event, is available from the Private Law Centre website:

    http://www.privatelaw.law.cam.ac.uk/events/past-events

    • 52 min
    It's the Law: Civil Law

    It's the Law: Civil Law

    A BBC World Service programme broadcast on 29 August 1991.

    What is Civil Law, and why does the legal system of ancient Rome still matter? This second of five programmes looks at how many countries' legal systems can trace part of their legal history back to Rome.

    Programme information is available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p03m0hxr

    Provided courtesy of the BBC.

    • 28 min
    It's the Law: Common Law

    It's the Law: Common Law

    A BBC World Service programme broadcast on 19 August 1991.

    The history of common law in England and how it spread across the English-speaking world, adapting to local cultures. Plus, the development of the legal system, and questions arising from recent miscarriages of justice.

    In this first of five parts, speakers include Lord Denning, legal historian Professor John Baker and Sir Frederick Lawton.

    Programme information is available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p03m0hx6

    Provided courtesy of the BBC.

    • 29 min

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