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House of Lords reception for St Andrews Lawyers 4 September 2019

The Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research will host a drinks reception in the House of Lords for St Andrews graduates who have gone into the legal profession, to introduce you to its work and to explore future fundraising efforts.

The event will be in the Attlee Room, and will run from 6.30 to 8.30pm on 4 September 2019. Attendance is free, but is strictly limited to 50 people and an invitation is required. To register to receive an invitation, please email For further information about the event or the Institute, please contact its Director, Professor John Hudson, at

Distinguished invitees include Stephen Gethings, MP for North East Fife, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Baron Duncan of Springbank, and Jim Gallagher, formerly the UK government’s most senior adviser on devolution and other constitutional issues, working in the Cabinet office and the number 10 policy unit under Gordon Brown


The ILCR held the second of its ‘Talking Law’ events on 3rd May 2019 in Parliament Hall, The Trial of Daenerys Targaryen. The event aimed to encourage discussion of humanitarian law between students, members of the public, and legal professionals by dramatizing a trial based on the popular book and television series Game of Thrones. The audience received jury bundles with all necessary background material, allowing everyone to follow the trial, even those who had not watched the show. The evening began with a musical rendition of the Game of Thrones theme by a Fife-based band. Using a trial set up, including a judge (Professor Malik Dahlan) and barristers (Harry Potter and Dr Mateja Peter) for the defence and prosecution, Daenerys Targaryen was charged with two counts of violating international law. The barristers presented their cases, and cross examined the accused. A panel of legal experts then answered questions and considered the ongoing legal implications raised by the trial, which included questions of jurisdiction and enforcement, along with current approaches to the legality of revenge. The trial closed with the audience, who constituted the jury, finding Daenerys guilty of the arbitrary deprivation of life but not guilty of inflicting torture and mutilation. Finally the audience was treated to a video lecture on Game of Thrones by the Oxford professor Carolyne Larrington.