Legal education for the global knowledge economy
We are committed to activities that "stimulate and direct the application and exploitation of knowledge to the benefit of the social, cultural and economic development of our society".
Intellectual property law beats at the heart of any knowledge economy and we have within our ranks Andrew Beale, recipient of an OBE in recognition for services to intellectual property and business in Wales. He is director of this award-winning business support initiative.
The Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011 was the first general legislative response in the UK to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It requires Welsh Ministers to consider the convention when exercising their functions.
The Observatory’s activities span education and training, research, advocacy for policy and law reform, the practise of accountability from international to local levels, integration of rights into practice and in organisations, inter-disciplinary conferences and publications.
Launched in November 2015 with funding from the Big Lottery Innovation Fund, the Consortium researches sex work, sexual exploitation and sex and the life course. It is the first initiative in Wales to bring together academics, stakeholder organisations and policy-makers to identify social need in the context of sexuality and to develop solutions to meet identified need.
Activities include conferences, the development of research proposals, participatory action research, sexuality education and training, advocacy for beneficiaries and hard to reach groups to ensure the voices of community beneficiaries inform policy and law reform. The Consortium's innovative work The Student Sex Work Project combines research and service delivery.
We number among our colleagues Honorary Professor Keith Bush QC, previously the Chief Legal Adviser and Director of Legal Services for the National Assembly for Wales. He is now Director of the Legal Wales Foundation and President of the Welsh Language Tribunal. Keith advises the College on its engagement strategy with the rapidly developing Welsh constitutional and legal environment.