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Thursday 17 March 2016

LLB Students Bring EU Law to Life

Every year, LLB Law students are given the opportunity to go abroad to help bring EU law to life.

This year, 40 students visited Strasbourg, and saw the Council of Europe (responsible for the European Convention on Human Rights), the European Parliament, the Alsace-Moselle Memorial Museum and Struthof concentration camp.

Outside the Struthof concentration camp

Group leader Mark Wing, Senior Lecturer in Law, said: “The law can often be quite a dry subject, particularly EU law, which has a largely political and economic base.

“Contextualising the law is important; by visiting the venues included in the trip, students could see for themselves why the EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights came about after the Second World War.”

The group at the European Parliament

The trip rotates every year; in 2015 students went to Brussels and EU institutions, and next year a trip to Luxembourg for the Court of Justice of the EU is planned.

This year’s current events meant that students were not only given insider knowledge of EU law but were also able to discuss the upcoming EU referendum.

First-year student, Sebastian Graves-Read, said: “The discussion we had at the Council of Europe on the EU referendum and the European Convention of Human Rights not only informed us all but certainly for me helped me form an opinion on the viability of both. It made me informed enough to decide how to vote.”

The Council of Europe

He went on to say: “I have a real passion for human rights and it was a fantastic opportunity to get a far better understanding of both the convention and how the English legal system interacts with it. The trip was a great opportunity to network and socialise with the second and third years, and I’ve already started lobbying my friends who did not join us on the trip to save up for next year.”

Outside the flags at the European Parliament

Johanna Hines-Randle, currently in her second year, said: “I’d definitely recommend this trip to other students. Bar the fun to be had in another country, visiting these institutions is a massive eye-opener into the potential careers that could be had within the EU.

“The EU can be quite a dry subject to learn, but attending the trip is a really good way to learn in a fun, social and interactive environment.”