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                                 Welcome to the IALS Student Law Review

Welcome from the Director of IALS

I am delighted both as the Director and the Librarian of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to
welcome this first issue of the IALS Student Law Review. This free-to-Internet contribution to legal
scholarship has been created through the enthusiasm and dedication of the student community at the
Institute which conceived and carried through the idea of a student-driven law review with the backing
of the academic staff and the information systems team at the Institute.

The Institute is unlike law schools around the country in concentrating on the promotion and
facilitation of legal research on a national basis as well as postgraduate study and research. It has a
relatively small student community but one which is well connected and outward looking with a
network of research colleagues and practitioners around the world. The Editorial Board and its
supporters intend to draw on this network so the Law Review represents not only work being carried
out by those at the Institute but also, in the tradition of the Institute, work carried out elsewhere which
might benefit legal research as a whole by being brought before a wider audience.

This new channel for the distribution of the results of legal research joins a wide range of other free
on-line resources made available for legal researchers by IALS including the British and Irish Legal
Information Institute, the Current Legal Research Topics database which indexes ongoing PhD
research, and the FLAG database listing the legal research collections in foreign, comparative and
international law around the UK, among others. I am sure this new venture will become a successful
vehicle for contributions to legal research and bring the authors of its articles to a much wider

I hope readers of the IALS Student Law Review will feel free to submit proposals to the Editors for the
inclusion in future issues and to contact the authors of articles in this and future issues so that the
material published here can become the subject of further discussion and exploration.

Jules Winterton (Director, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)

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I am very proud to be asked to provide a short foreword to this first Issue of our Student led journal at
the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Our research and Masters students have been a most
important part of the Institute since the inception of our excellent Masters programmes and the
expansion of our law doctorate programme in the last decade. IALS students now study a vast range
of subjects from the most arcane elements of Islamic and Jewish Law, to international principles of
human rights and concepts of sovereignty. They have broadened the academic study of the drafting
of legislation, legal educational approaches to professionalism and the effect of the media on the
principles of litigation. Our students have provided a more collegial atmosphere to the Institute. They
have kept the academic staff and the Library, as always the jewel in our crown, fully stretched to
provide the most up-to-date approaches to both teaching and research in law. They have set up their
own in-house and shared seminars so that our researchers can compare notes with others and
sharpen their own presentation performance in a fully supportive atmosphere.
                                  IALS Student Law Review I Volume 1, Issue 1, Autumn 2013, pp 1-3 I Page 1
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