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Offensive Jokes Becoming Criminal? Count Dankula's Conviction

The recent conviction of Mark Meechan, otherwise known as Count Dankula, for uploading a controversial video on YouTube sets a worrying precedent for freedom of expression. Of most concern is the fact that context is given only a secondary role when considering whether a joke is grossly offensive.

12:00, 20th April 2018
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The Digital Future: How the New Electronic Communication Code Impacts Landowners

The government is aiming to enhance the UK's digital capacity. As part of this, it has introduced new rules that regulate interactions between landowners and telecommunications operators. These rules are more favourable to operators, which might actually undermine the success of government's plans.

12:00, 17th April 2018
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In a Similar Vein? A Comparative Analysis of Organ Donation Systems

The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill 2017-19 proposes a 'soft opt-out' system involving a rebuttable presumption of consent to organ donation. An examination of organ donations in several foreign jurisdictions sets out a number of lessons that the UK must learn when implementing this system.

12:00, 13th April 2018
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Crossing the Line in Sport: Is Cheating Always Wrong?

The distinction between "gamemanship" and "cheating" in sport is often discussed. In theory, it sets out the line that athletes should not cross. However, an examination of a number of sporting controversies casts serious doubt on the importance of that distinction; other factors are at play.

12:00, 10th April 2018
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Corporate Liability to Third Parties: Where We Were and Where We Are

Common law doctrines and the idea of companies having separate legal personality resulted in harsh consequences for third parties to commercial contracts. Therefore, the Companies Act 2006 represented a welcome mass overhaul of the previous unsatisfactory law.

12:00, 6th April 2018
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Proposed Changes to Organ Donation Miss the Heart of the Issue

A Private Members' Bill proposing changes to organ donation has recently passed its second reading in Parliament. However, the proposed soft opt-out scheme is the incorrect route to take; instead, attention should be given to changing societal attitudes towards organ donation.

12:00, 3rd April 2018
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Book Review: 'Stories of the Law and How It's Broken' by the Secret Barrister

'Stories of the Law and How It's Broken', written by anonymous barrister 'The Secret Barrister', takes a sobering look at the realities of the crumbling English and Welsh criminal legal system. A definite must-read, it is hoped the book's success will help save a system on the brink of collapse.

00:37, 2nd April 2018
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In Defence of Regional Human Rights Bodies

Alongside international documents that set out universal human rights, there exists in several parts of the world regional systems for promoting and protecting human rights. Though these systems have been criticised, they are valuable tools for developing the law that must be celebrated.

12:00, 30th March 2018
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Commissioner v DSD: Sending Police Liability into Uncharted Waters

A recent Supreme Court judgment represents a major expansion in the extent of police liability under the Human Rights Act 1998. Though the decision on the facts was unanimous, disputes between the judges as to the correct size of the expansion raises concerns over the impact of the decision.

12:00, 27th March 2018
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A Christian Marginalisation Narrative? Religious Symbols in the Workplace

Several decisions concerning attempts by Christian employees to manifest their religion at work have prompted concerns of a 'Christian marginalisation narrative' in discrimination law. However, such concerns are unfounded: they stem from attaching undue significance to isolated cases.

12:00, 23rd March 2018
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The Robinson Case: Arresting Misconceptions about Police Negligence Liability

The law surrounding negligence has been labouring under two misconceptions according to the Supreme Court in a recent decision concerning the liability of police for the tort. This may be true, but after examining the origins of these misconceptions, it is easy to see how they were arrived at.

12:00, 20th March 2018
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Affray Outside Off-Stump: Explaining Ben Stokes’ Charges

England cricketer Ben Stokes was charged earlier this week with the offence of affray following an incident that occurred outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017. This article explains what exactly he is being charged with, what the prosecution must prove and what defences might be used.

12:00, 16th March 2018
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If It's Not Faulty, Don't Fix It: Defending Fault in Negligence

Apart from certain strict liability exceptions, no-fault liability in negligence has failed to gain traction in English Law. However, Lord Sumption's recent extra-judicial endorsement of no-fault liability has revived the debate. But this article argues that the current system should be retained.

12:00, 13th March 2018
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Upskirting: Failure of the Law to Protect Women's Rights

There are many ways the law is failing women. A shocking example is the lack of a specific offence for upskirting. However, the #stopskirtingtheissue campaign has led to a private member's bill being considered by Parliament, giving hope that this will soon change.

12:00, 9th March 2018
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