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Environment - Law - 03.08.2018
Who owns the aquifer?
Stanford researchers map out groundwater at stake in the wake of a court decision that bolsters Native American rights to the precious resource across an increasingly arid West. California's Coachella Valley may be ground zero for a new chapter in water rights for Native American tribes, according to a new Stanford study published in the journal Science .

Law - Social Sciences - 19.06.2018
Changing the law to protect victims of upskirting
Changing the law to protect victims of upskirting
Professor Clare McGlynn of Durham Law School tells how her research has helped to shape a law on upskirting and why more comprehensive legislation is needed to protect victims from all image-based sexual abuse. Moves to legislate against upskirting - the act of secretly taking a photograph under a victim's skirt - hit the headlines when a planned law to criminalise the act stalled in Parliament.

Economics / Business - Law - 04.06.2018
Eye-tracking software makes insurance policies easier to understand
Researchers at the University of Nottingham and insurance law firm Browne Jacobson LLP are using eye-tracking software to help insurers write policies that are much easier to read and understand. If you've ever found an insurance document difficult to read, then you are not alone. A new study has found that one of the reasons for this is the number of 'uncommon words' which are used in most policies.

Law - Social Sciences - 04.06.2018
Call for papers Journal for Law, Social Justice and Global Development
Inleiding: LGD is an international, peer reviewed, multidisciplinary journal and has historically carried articles which cover a range of perspectives and approaches. It has a particular focus on encouraging scholars from the Global South to submit papers. The Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development is an international, peer reviewed, multidisciplinary journal.

Life Sciences - Law - 25.05.2018
Animal welfare research leads to European law reform
Ground-breaking research aimed at improving bird welfare during poultry production has directly led to a change in EU law. The new regulation, which was brought into force on Friday 18 May, makes it legal in the European Union to use Low Atmospheric Pressure Stunning (LAPS) - proven to be a humane method for the pre-slaughter stunning of broiler chickens.

Law - 27.04.2018
UK and Brazilian scientists join forces to battle biggest killers
EU citizens and their family members living in the UK under EU law are at risk of 'falling through the cracks', with their rights of future residence in question after Brexit, researchers say. The study, led by the University of Birmingham, found the nature and quality of rights of many EU citizens and their future residence in the UK would be thrown into question, particularly for children, whose status is dependent on their parents.

Economics / Business - Law - 25.04.2018
Clearing up online confusion for consumers - top tips from the experts
PA 75/18 Consumers often fail to see important information about online services - which can lead to unexpected costs, according to new research. When you are buying a service online, what do you look at on a website? Connection Services (for example) offer connection to a small number of organisation's customer service phone lines -for a cost.

Law - 11.04.2018
Using research to end modern slavery
A new report published today looks in detail at what research is being undertaken about modern slavery in the UK and what research we still need. Modern slavery is a brutal abuse, denying people their dignity, safety and freedom. It affects millions worldwide and thousands here in the UK. In order to see more victims rescued and more perpetrators behind bars, experts need to know about the scales, causes and consequences of modern slavery and about the strategies to combat it.

Law - Psychology - 03.04.2018
IWitnessed app launched by memory experts, police, QC
A unique app available for download in Australia should assist witnesses and victims of one-off events and ongoing occurrences make mobile records in a way that can help with convictions and prevent miscarriages of justice. A unique app, iWitnessed , is launched today by leading Australian cognitive scientists, lawyers and police to assist victims and witnesses record information in a way that can help with convictions and prevent miscarriages of justice.

Law - 29.03.2018
No agreement on the regulation of pharmaceutical drugs is just one problem for Brexit - research reveals
Researchers from the University of Birmingham have found that people with intellectual disabilities receive much lower levels of support and guidance when making difficult decisions, especially those related to legal issues such as wills, advance decisions and power of attorney. The new findings come from the 'Everyday Decisions' project, undertaken by academics from University of Birmingham's, Law School.

Law - 28.03.2018
Good neighbours really do matter according to a new study
PA 51/18 Poorer countries with 'bad' neighbours are more likely to perform less well when it comes to human rights according to new research from the University of Nottingham. In the paper, ' Good neighbours matter: economic geography and the diffusion of human rights' published in the journal Spatial Economic Analysis , Professor Todd Landman from the University of Nottingham and his co-authors, use data from a wide range of countries to investigate the geopolitical and economic aspects of human rights performance.

Law - Social Sciences - 09.03.2018
More vulnerable male adults are victims of forced marriage than previously thought
38/18 A higher number of men with learning disabilities are victims of forced marriage than previously thought, suggesting that better education and training is needed to recognise those at risk. This was just one of the findings of the new study - ' My Marriage, My Choice' which shows that there appears to have been a reversal in trends related to gender, with more cases of men with learning disabilities now being reported than those of women.

Health - Law - 23.02.2018
Warning over claims that medical cannabis cuts opioid use
Claims that medical cannabis use has reduced opioid overdose deaths in the United States have been challenged by a University of Queensland drug abuse expert. Professor Wayne Hall from UQ's Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research said there was weak evidence to support the claims. "The statements that legalising medical marijuana reduces opioid overdose deaths by offering a less risky method of pain management are based on studies with results that have not been confirmed through more rigorous scientific methods," Professor Hall said.

Law - 20.02.2018
Universities are asking schools to consider later start times for teenage pupils
Two legal scholars from the University of Birmingham's Law School have argued for the repeal of the 8th Amendment - Ireland's law preventing abortion taking place. In their new book, 'Repealing the 8th: Reforming Irish Abortion Law', Professor Fiona de Londras and Máiréad Enright propose new legislation to make abortion care lawfully accessible should constitutional change be approved in the Irish referendum.

Administration - Law - 15.01.2018
New quality certification for cloud service providers
New quality certification for cloud service providers
Research news The volume of digital data produced and stored by companies is growing. Cloud technology offers a convenient solution: IT service providers offer storage space or software which enables data to be saved remotely. But how can companies be sure that their data is protected against unauthorized access or deletion? Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have studied this issue and developed a model which allows service providers to be checked and certified reliably.

Law - Career - 12.01.2018
For women fighting the gender pay gap discrimination law is limited
Discrimination law has limited capacity to address the gender pay gap, writes legal expert Alice Orchiston. If women discover they are earning less than their male counterparts for the same jobs, their legal avenues for pursuing equal pay are limited. It's difficult to prove and costly to litigate. The federal Sex Discrimination Act makes it unlawful for an employer to provide less favourable terms and conditions of employment to an employee "because of" that employee's sex.

Physics - Law - 11.01.2018
New exotic phenomena seen in photonic crystals
New exotic phenomena seen in photonic crystals
Topological effects, such as those found in crystals whose surfaces conduct electricity while their bulk does not, have been an exciting topic of physics research in recent years and were the subject of the 2016 Nobel Prize in physics. Now, a team of researchers at MIT and elsewhere has found novel topological phenomena in a different class of systems - open systems, where energy or material can enter or be emitted, as opposed to closed systems with no such exchange with the outside.

History / Archeology - Law - 14.12.2017
New image brings people face to face with Seventeenth Century Scottish soldier
New image brings people face to face with Seventeenth Century Scottish soldier
New image brings people face to face with Seventeenth Century Scottish soldier (14 December 2017) The face of one of the Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers who was imprisoned and died in Durham following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 has been revealed through a remarkable new digital reconstruction.

Health - Law - 12.12.2017
Pediatric cancer providers give medical marijuana a cautious thumbs-up
New research by Yale Cancer Center (YCC) researchers shows a majority of pediatric cancer providers endorse the potential use of medical marijuana for children with advanced cancer, although providers who are legally eligible to certify its use are more cautious than those who aren't. The findings also show clinicians would prefer to see much stronger clinical evidence that marijuana treatments can help in relieving symptoms, such as nausea and pain.

Social Sciences - Law - 07.12.2017
New study analyzes recent gun violence research
Consensus is growing in recent research evaluating the impact of right-to-carry concealed handgun laws, showing that they increase violent crime, despite what older research says. Researchers fr­­om Stanford and Duke University examined recent studies on the causes of gun violence in the United States in an effort to find consensus in a body of research that often covers different states or different time periods, making conclusions difficult to draw.