In partnership with Coventry Law Centre, Warwick students helped to deliver advice and information sessions to the local community on issues of discrimination and law. In 2007-8 students assisted in helping nearly 300 clients. This was part of a campaign (see details at http://www.covlaw.org.uk/index.html) which expanded eventually into:
Delivering awareness raising workshops for community organizations
Providing advice to individuals regarding the general legal provisions of law in this respect
Liaising with advice agencies, particularly the Coventry Law Centre, to provide advice
Advising and reporting to advice agencies generally on the strategies for making the public aware of their rights in this field
Students worked closely with the Law Centre staff but were supervised generally by Law School members and are provided with suitable training in both the appropriate law and skills.
Annual reports available here:
Community Justice Project
The Community Justice Project was established in October 2006. It operated as a vehicle for community human rights initiatives where students and academics worked with organisations outside the University on human rights related issues. The Project developed a research programme, in association with the Sociology Department and Coventry Law Centre, funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, into discovering barriers to access to human rights advice.
The project included three inter-related projects concerning matters of immigration and asylum law:
1. Coventry Law Centre Assistance Project
Volunteers assisted with:
- Interviewing clients with immigration issues
- Drafting of specific documents for tribunal hearings and relevant research
- Attending tribunal hearings
2. One World Drop-In Project
Volunteers worked with the Drop-in centre in Coventry to help review failed aslyum claims
3. Immigration Research Project
Volunteers helped conduct general research into issues of law and policy vital to asylum claimants
Rights to Protest Project
This project engaged in a research and advocacy campaign based on the deterioration of the right to protest following various pieces of UK legislation. It required students to find out what is happening on the ground and also to investigate the law. This information was then presented to the public for an improvement in the rights associated with legitimate protest.