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Lord Woolf launches UK’s first human rights library collection at University College London

Publication date: Mar 13, 2006 4:08:00 PM

University College London (UCL) will launch the UK’s first Human Rights Law Library collection at a ceremony at UCL in the Flaxman Gallery, Main Library, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT on Monday 1st March at 6pm. The library will be officially opened by Lord Woolf, Chief Lord Justice of England and Wales, who is an alumnus of UCL.

The collection is founded in memory of Flt. Lt. Arthur C. Spencer, a UCL law graduate (1933-1938) who was killed in action over Germany in 1942. The collection has been generously funded by his friend, Mr Robert Rogers, who studied with him at UCL, where their friendship was formed.

The collection brings together existing items (monographs, journals and a series of reports and official documents) previously scattered throughout the law collection. Mr Rogers' donation has been invested to provide a regular income to maintain this new collection and UCL will match the donation to support its development.

Martin Reid, UCL law librarian, says: “As a result of the 1998 Human Rights Act, both domestic and international human rights have become a rapidly developing area of law with a fast-growing literature. We are delighted to receive this gift from Mr Rogers and hope that the new collection will provide a strong basis on which to build and develop a first class collection of human rights material in London.”