School of Law hold hackathon in aid of Lawyers Against Poverty

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

School of Law hackathon

Staff and students from the School of Law at Oxford Brookes University recently held a 12-hour hackathon together with Oxfam’s Lawyers Against Poverty.

The event took place at the University on 9 December and saw participants work together to create content for Action 4 Justice’s website.  

Action 4 Justice is a project dedicated to improving access to social justice for poor and marginalised communities through the strategic use of public interest litigation.  

The group was formed by a consortium of non-governmental organisations and sympathetic individuals to improve access to social justice for people living in poorer communities.  

It was particularly gratifying to see so many of our own students using their legal knowledge and research skills to benefit others.

Dr Brigitte Clark, Senior Lecturer in Law, Oxford Brookes University

Their website is being developed as a resource base for lawyers working in under-resourced jurisdictions who wish to pursue public interest litigation. It provides practical information and advice on how to pursue a public interest litigation case as well as sources for legal research.  

Over 40 people contributed to the hackathon, including 16 law students from Oxford Brookes.  

Dr Brigitte Clark, Senior Lecturer in Law at Oxford Brookes University said: “I am immensely proud of everyone who attended the event and contributed to the hackathon.

“It was particularly gratifying to see so many of our own students using their legal knowledge and research skills to benefit others. Special thanks go to the student helpers involved, Kayleigh Hawkins, Paul Wyard and Angela Massey. ”

Lawyers Against Poverty is a pro bono initiative which aims to relieve poverty by ensuring everyone has access to legal justice systems.  

Oxford Brookes has been working with Lawyers Against Poverty since 2015 and were heavily involved in the Lawyers Against Poverty week which took place in June this year.  

To find out more about pro bono opportunities offered by the School of Law, please visit their dedicated pro bono page.

Last month the School of Law held the annual Oxford Brookes Law Fair. Over 250 students attended, along with staff from the school of law and legal professionals from a number of law firms and chambers, giving students the opportunity to discuss their legal careers and study options.