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Coronavirus Act 2020: What is a Reasonable Response to a Pandemic?

The Coronavirus Act 2020 was rushed through Parliament in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic with little scrutiny at the time. This piece examines the Act's delegated powers, sometimes-vague drafting, and inconsistent enforcement, and ultimately asks how effective a response it really is.

12:00, 7th July 2020
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Vicarious Liability: Clarifying A "Close Connection"

Two recent Supreme Court cases have reviewed and updated the case law on vicarious liability. WM Morrison Supermarkets v Various Claimants clarifies the controversial Mohamud case and what exactly constitutes a "close connection" in vicarious liability.

12:00, 23rd June 2020
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Vicarious Liability: Re-Examining the "Akin to Employment" Test

Two recent Supreme Court cases have reviewed and updated the case law on vicarious liability. Barclays Bank v Various Claimants explores the first step of the vicarious liability test, controversial recent case law, and the traditional divide between employees and contractors.

12:00, 16th June 2020
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The Caspian Sea Convention: International Law Meets International Relations

Teaching and commentary on international law often focuses on big ideas. However, many treaties are shaped not by heady ideas but by geopolitics and international relations, and are often utilized as tools of a nation's foreign policy. The Caspian Sea Convention is a useful recent example of this.

12:00, 26th May 2020
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Coronavirus and Contracts: Is Frustration in Play?

In response to the commercial disruption caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, there has been an uptick in client interest and law firm advice on the doctrine of frustration. However, the doctrine is unlikely to apply to many of the situations created by the pandemic.

12:00, 19th May 2020
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Taxation and Social Justice in International Human Rights Law

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) requires states to work towards greater socio-economic rights through their tax policies. International human rights law, however, is severely limited in its ability to enforce these requirements.

12:00, 28th April 2020
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Strict Liability in Doping: A Step Too Far?

The 'strict liability' rule is the cornerstone of WADA's anti-doping policy. The rule is controversial, with some claiming it infringes on athletes' rights and presumed innocence, but for WADA, it may be the only practical way to eradicate doping from international sports.

12:00, 21st April 2020
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Coronavirus and the ECHR: Should the UK Trigger Article 15?

The UK government has already taken dramatic steps to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, and may have to go further in the coming months. Derogating from the European Convention on Human Rights through Article 15 may in fact be the best way to protect fundamental rights during the crisis.

12:00, 31st March 2020
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Coronavirus and the IHR: Safeguarding Human Rights in a Crisis

The International Health Regulations (IHR) are intended to aid in an international health crisis while safeguarding human rights. However, as the coronavirus pandemic pushes governments to more and more draconian measures, the IHR appear increasingly insufficient for the task at hand.

12:00, 24th March 2020
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TPO in Football: What is "Third Party Ownership"?

FIFA regulations on "third-party ownership" of football players have proved controversial in the sport. While they do serve a legitimate purpose, they can be prone to confused interpretation, and may not be the best way of achieving that purpose.

12:00, 10th March 2020
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Sparing the Camel's Back: Fixing the Common European Asylum System

The Common European Asylum (CEAS) is approaching breaking point, from non-cooperation of Member States to overburdening of the system. These problems, therefore, must be countered if the EU is to avoid further fragmentation, and a humanitarian crisis dwarfing the one we are seeing now.

12:00, 18th February 2020
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Welsh Law: A New Jurisdiction for Wales?

In 2020, the National Assembly for Wales will become the Welsh Parliament as the Wales Act 2017 come into force. With Welsh lawmakers set to be given greater powers and autonomy, has the time come to separate Welsh law from English law?

12:00, 11th February 2020
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Routier v HMRC: Redefining 'Charitable Purposes' For Inheritance Tax

In a recent case regarding a Jersey trust, the Supreme Court disapplied a sixty-year-old convention of interpretation, significantly widening the scope of 'charitable purposes' for inheritance tax exemption.

12:00, 4th February 2020
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The Biggest Challenges Facing the Legal Profession in 2020

"Commercial awareness" is perhaps the most overused and least understood phrase in the industry. Our look at the year ahead takes a broad approach to the topic, from Brexit and the criminal justice system to mental health and cybersecurity.

12:00, 14th January 2020
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