Law students win pro bono award for ‘revenge porn’ project

Revenge porn
Honoured: Queen Mary law students are providing a pro bono advice service for revenge porn victims. Photograph: Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre

Students at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have won a pro bono award for a project that offers free legal advice to victims of revenge porn.

The students were recognised at last month’s LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards.

The university’s SPITE (Sharing and Publishing Images to Embarrass) project won in the category of Best Contribution by a Team of Students.

Julie Pinborough, director and founder of the Legal Advice Centre at QMUL, started the pro bono project last year.

The project sees students and volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice and information to victims of explicit photo sharing.

“The SPITE project teaches more than just academic law. It teaches ethics, client management, and gives students an understanding of the profession. It really is a life lesson,” Pinborough told the Legal Geek website.

The winners were presented with the award in a ceremony at the House of Commons.

1 Comment

  1. Muhammad Haque on Monday 23 May 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Quoting your report:

    “The project sees students and volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice and information to victims of explicit photo sharing.”

    So, here are the conceptual, practical, empirical, legal, constitutional, socio-legal contextual Questions, for starters for the “award-winners”:-

    1. How is the “volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice” defined?
    2. What criteria are used for the stated “advice”? What is “advice”, at what level, including what parts of what “process” of law?
    3. How many “recipients” can they demonstrate on the records as having served/provided the stated advice to?
    4. What location or locations have they done so and over what length of time and concerning what range of topics, issues, with what stage or stages of passage by the stated/implied recipients, of the court systems in the UK and if relevant anywhere else – if anywhere “else” where is that place or where are those places (like ‘jurisdictions”)?
    5. How many have involved Social Cleansing and what actions have they successfully take against how many Social Cleansers involving how many local Councils and what court levels, if any?

    1354 GMT London Monday 23 May 2016


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