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Accidental Americans: The US Citizenship Conundrum

It is a largely unknown fact that a person born in the US becomes subject to its jurisdiction, no matter the associations they keep with the country throughout the rest of the life. This had little significance for some, until the US strong armed their now home nations into disclosing their details.

12:00, 5th January 2016
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The Syria Airstrikes: Creative Ambiguity and Transient Definitions

In September 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament that ISIS was ‘an evil against which the whole of the world should unite.’ Since the Paris attacks, it seems they have done so. Whilst there is widespread political support, are the legal tests being applied correctly?

12:00, 23rd December 2015
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Causation in Mesothelioma Claims: Stretching the Definition

For a tortious claim to succeed, a number of elements need establishing. However, the tests for establishing causation in asbestos claims do not cohere with the every-day construction of it. This article explores that distinction and seeks to explain it, taking a somewhat philosophical approach.

12:00, 12th November 2015
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Let There Be Light: Evaluating Legal Reform of Energy Companies

The rising cost of energy occupies a prominent position in political discourse. Ed Miliband pledged to freeze energy prices, and Jeremy Corbyn has gone further in advocating that the UK's leading energy companies should be nationalised. How has this worked out elsewhere. and should we consider it?

12:00, 8th October 2015
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Living in an Interconnected World – A Legal Conundrum

It is no secret that the tech sector is booming, in part to the growing trend of inter connected devices; the internet of things. Whilst this has many excited, it may make those that are legally minded a little dizzy. These developments pose some novel questions, particularly regarding privacy.

12:00, 17th September 2015
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A Lion in the Sand: The Future of International Trophy Hunting

Following the death of Cecil the lion, the internet has been in uproar about trophy hunting, with much of the abuse been directed at the American dentist behind the bow and arrow. However, this aggression is not being directed to the right place; criticising one individual will not end hunting.

12:00, 27th August 2015
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Adam Johnson and the Mythology of Sexual Offences

Adam Johnson, the Sunderland and England winger, is facing several charges relating to sexual offences to which he has pleaded not guilty. Loyal fans have sided with their hero on social media. However, their comments demonstrate a misunderstanding of the law, which this article seeks to dispel.

12:00, 29th July 2015
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Can Sturgeon Save the Human Rights Act and Prevent ‘Brexit’?

The Scotland Bill, currently making its way through Westminster, gives legal basis to the Sewel Convention, providing the Scottish Parliament with a right of veto over areas of shared competence. Could this pose a problem for Cameron in repealing the Human Rights Act, and leaving the EU ('Brexit')?

12:00, 15th June 2015
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The Legal Mechanisms of a Greek Exit

The euro was designed to be irreversible. It was a bold move made in financially sound times; exit did not seem feasible. However, with Greece teetering on the edge of a euro zone exit, Alex Hitchcock explores the legal complexities that such a move might entail given there is no 'formal' route.

12:00, 21st May 2015
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A Web of Influence: Freedom of Information and the Black Spider Memos

The 'Black Spider Memos’, private letters to government departments from Prince Charles, will shortly be in the public domain subsequent to an extensively litigated freedom of information request and a Supreme Court judgment. This simple FOI request has raised questions of constitutional importance.

12:00, 28th April 2015
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Rape and Consent: Changes to the Burden of Proof?

In January 2015, the CPS issued new guidelines on what constitutes consent. The mainstream media have portrayed these guidelines as a change to the burden of proof. However is this really the case, or misplaced hysteria? Further, do these guidelines withstand the wider criticisms they have faced?

12:00, 6th March 2015
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A Bonkers Bonus Cap? Reigning In Remuneration

In recent years bankers have been consistently vilified. It therefore comes as no surprise that legislators are capping their remuneration. However, is a cap on bankers' bonuses a commercially sensible solution, or a knee jerk reaction to the blame placed on senior bankers for the financial crisis?

12:00, 18th February 2015
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GM Babies and Three Parent Children?

In July 2014, the Coalition Government initiated proposals to change the law to allow a woman’s DNA to be altered to avoid transferring specific genetically inherited conditions. However, there are many legal, ethical and safety questions of this proposition that must be answered before realisation.

12:00, 28th January 2015
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Commercial Awareness: Defining the Undefinable

Commercial awareness is a catchphrase used by the vast majority of law firms, but despite many attempts, there appears to be no universally agreed definition. This article considers the various limbs of commercial awareness, and makes a few suggestions on how to develop and demonstrate said limbs.

12:05, 15th December 2014
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