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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

The expertise and research standing of SLS members can be seen in a range of external and peer esteem indicators, including consultancy appointments in governmental and other public contexts, visiting positions in other academic institutions, editorial responsibilities and other involvement in the dissemination of research material to local, national and international communities.

Rajak was appointed in February 1999 to membership of a joint DTI/Treasury Committee set up to examine corporate rescue provision in the UK and to make recommendations to the President of the Board of Trade for change. Rajak and Franks (of the London Business School) were the outside academic members of this group, whose report is due for completion mid-2001. Rajak’s expertise in insolvency law was also called upon as the main contributor to a seminar at the University of Stellenbosch in April 2000 which formed part of a submission to the process of legislative reform being undertaken by the South African Department of Trade and Industry.

Temkin was appointed – also in 1999 – to the Home Office Sex Offences Review which was set up to examine the existing law on sex offences and to make recommendations for reform. She was also commissioned to provide a report on rape and sexual assault which served as the working document on which the Review’s deliberations were based. The Sex Offences Review published its report Setting the Boundaries: Reforming the Law on Sex Offences in July 2000. Temkin also assisted in the public presentation of the report. She had previously been a member of a Justice Working Party set up in 1998 to examine aspects of the law of evidence in sexual assault trials.

Keating was invited to visit Bulgaria in April 1998 by the Bulgarian Association of Women in the Legal Profession to speak to members of the Bulgarian Government on drafting child protection laws for Bulgaria. This was followed by a further invitation to the Bulgarian Embassy later that year.

Ross has participated in two projects funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Know How Fund. The first, based at the University of Leicester during 1996, provided training to diplomats in Baltic States in relation to the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. In the second, held in Ljubljana in 1999, Ross was responsible for training Slovenian civil servants and senior lawyers in the EU competition law rules applicable to state aids and the necessary measures to be taken for Slovenian accession. He has also been engaged by the lead tenderers under a TACIS project to provide assistance on state aids matters in 2001 to the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Anti-Monopoly Policy and Support for Entrepreneurship. In 1997 Ross acted as an Assessor for the ESRC Research Priorities Board in relation to reports from the head of the research programme on the evolution of rules for a single market.

Visiting positions both attest to individual reputation and provide opportunities to develop further research cooperation and output. For example, Dean spent summer 1998 as a visiting professor at the Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. This link, together with her experience as a UK magistrate and established reputation in Japanese Law (see Dean, RA2), led to a subsequent invitation to contribute to the Journal of Judicial Reform in Japan, a forum set up to inform the deliberations of the Japanese Government’s Judicial Reform Council. Ross was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge 1997, during which time he also acted as a specialist adviser on the Centre’s EC Treaty Project (published as a special edition of the European Law Review, October 1997). Rajak is currently Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem under a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for the period September 2000-April 2001. Dembour is associated with the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels, teaching a course in Critical Perspectives on Comparative and European Law on its renowned LLM Programme on International Legal Cooperation. Hanafin was awarded a visiting research fellowship at Harvard Law School during his time at Sussex, before leaving SLS in 1999.

SLS members sit on editorial boards of the following journals: Deutsches und Europäisches Familienrecht (Dean), Journal of Civil Liberties (Koffman), Howard Journal of Criminal Justice and Journal of Criminal Law (both Temkin). Dean also regularly reviews Japanese books for the Times Higher Education Supplement. Temkin is a member of the SPTL Panel on Criminal Justice.

SLS has clearly advanced substantially in research terms since the last RAE, whilst undergoing many changes. Structurally, its independence and effectiveness was recognised by the University by its elevation in 1999 to full School status. Despite the resistance of the University to the establishment of single subject Schools (as antithetical to the idea of inter-disciplinary education) the University acceded to this elevation in the case of Legal Studies. It was, we believe, central to this development that SLS had made clear by its actions over the preceding few years that it took very seriously the University's inter-disciplinary mission. As has been made clear in RA5 above, Legal Studies at Sussex has been deeply concerned with a number of inter-disciplinary initiatives to the substantial mutual benefit, we would argue, both of the Unit itself and the University.

Nevertheless there are areas, such as external research funding, where further opportunities now need to be grasped to sustain and build upon the deepening and broadening of research activity during this assessment period. Ambitious expansion plans in postgraduate provision to reflect and support research initiatives are also dependent on the availability of resources. However, SLS remains a well motivated and active faculty, firmly committed to the values which underpin its research strategy.


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