Press Release

LexisNexis Butterworths Sponsors

Human Rights Lawyers Association Bursary Scheme

London 20 October 2009 - LexisNexis Butterworths is delighted to announce that it will be sponsoring the Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) annual bursary scheme in 2010.

Established in 2006, the HRLA Bursary Scheme assists law students with limited financial resources to undertake internships, work placements and other paid or unpaid placements in human rights law.

"The HRLA is very grateful to LexisNexis Butterworths for their generous sponsorship of our bursary scheme. This means we can offer more bursaries to more students and lawyers starting out in their careers and give them the opportunity to take up internships that they would otherwise be unable to afford. In turn, this gives them more experience which can then be applied once they are in practice in the UK," said Jonathan Cooper OBE, Chair HRLA Executive Committee.

LexisNexis Butterworths in association with the HRLA will be hosting the inaugural Liberty, Detention and Human Rights Conference on Monday 7 December 2009 in Central London. This ground-breaking event will explore the legal implications of detention in a range of settings, including prisons, immigration removal centres and health care institutions. Specific focus will be given to the detention of children and young people. The conference will provide practitioners with guidance relating to the different mechanisms that can be employed to challenge the legality of detention. This will include issues relating to a constraint on liberty such as stop and search powers and protest controls.

"Guaranteeing rights and procedural safeguards to those who are detained is at the heart of the delivery of human rights, as well as an effective and just legal system. This timely and important conference will give practitioners a comprehensive understanding of the legal and human rights issues relating to all aspects of the deprivation of liberty,"  said Jonathan Cooper OBE Chair, HRLA Executive Committee.

The UK's leading practitioners in the laws governing detention will present papers, including Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC, Tim Owen QC, Philip Havers QC, Phillippa Kaufmann, Mitchell Woolf, Raza Hussain, Prof. Aileen McColgan, Tom Hickman and James Welch.  Dame Anne Owers CBE, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons will conclude the conference with a discussion on the future of detention in the UK.

For further information regarding the upcoming conference, please call 020 7347 3563 or email:


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