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To Infinity and Beyond: Legislating for the Peaceful Use of Outer Space

States and private companies are increasingly looking forward to a future in which outer space is both accessible and profitable. How has international law traditionally dealt with the final frontier, and could it be updated to deal with 21st century problems?

12:00, 15th October 2019
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Prosecuting Rape: Is the CPS Raising the Bar Too High?

The End Violence Against Women Coalition has recently launched a legal challenge against the CPS for wrongfully dropping rape cases as conviction rates plummet. Has the CPS strayed from established policy, or is this simply a result of austerity and systemic issues in our justice system?

12:00, 8th October 2019
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Cherry v AG for Scotland, Part II: "No Justification" For Prorogation?

Following the decision of the Supreme Court in Cherry/Miller, this series considers the legal challenge to the PM's decision to prorogue Parliament. This is the second part of the series, which considers the decisions of the Inner House of the Scottish Court of Session and the UK Supreme Court.

12:00, 1st October 2019
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Cherry v AG for Scotland, Part I: Is a No-Deal Brexit Necessarily Implied?

In anticipation of the decision of the Supreme Court in Cherry/Miller, this series considers the Scottish challenge to the Prime MInister's decision to prorogue Parliament. This is the first part of the series, which considers the decision of the Outer House of Scottish Court of Session

19:00, 23rd September 2019
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The Right Call? Defining "Use of a Phone" While Driving

The High Court recently handed down a judgment on what constitutes "using" a mobile phone while driving. The effect of the case is clear, but the judgment itself is not so clear in its reasoning, and may create unnecessary difficulties for prosecutors in motoring cases.

12:00, 17th September 2019
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Sentencing Reform: Should We Scrap Short Sentences?

British prisons are increasingly overcrowded and underfunded. Senior figures at the Ministry of Justice have suggested a reform of sentencing laws might help to ease overcrowding and better rehabilitate prisoners by restricting short prison sentences - but would it actually work?

12:00, 10th September 2019
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Jury Confidentiality Rules: Protector of Honesty or Enabler of Injustice?

Jury confidentiality rules, preventing the disclosure or solicitation of details of jury deliberations in any criminal trial, achieve many legitimate purposes. However, many judges have had to ignore glaring accusations of jury misconduct as a result, risking serious miscarriages of justice.

12:00, 30th July 2019
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Climate Change Litigation: Can the Courts Save the Planet?

Climate change is becoming a more pressing problem everyday, with mankind only having an estimated 11 years left to prevent irreversible damage. In light of the increasing failure of governments to take action, litigants are turning to the courts to force change in this area.

12:00, 23rd July 2019
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Commercial Awareness: Cybersecurity, Huawei, and the Race to 5G

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of cyber-attacks on large organisations such as the NHS and DLA Piper. The recent US-China trade war, and the controversies surrounding Chinese tech company Huawei, have heightened fears that we may be on the precipice of something big.

12:00, 16th July 2019
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Problems with the Home Office’s Controversial ‘Good Character’ Test

The criterion applied under the 'good character' test regarding immigration has had disastrous effect. However, in 2021 a 'skills-based' immigration vision for all EU entrants into the UK will be implemented, transitioning our system from bad to worse.

12:00, 9th July 2019
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A British Bill of Rights Part II: Human Rights After Brexit

Since its introduction towards the end of the millennium, certain groups of politicians have favoured the removal of the Human Rights Act 1998. Brexit seems to be a clear step in this direction, prompting concern as to the possible removal of protection surrounding these fundamental rights.

12:00, 2nd July 2019
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Heathrow Expansion: A Potential Developmental Delusion

Recently, the Conservative Party has seemed willing to back the expansion of London's famous Heathrow Airport, despite serious climate change implications. In May 2019, a judicial review claim regarding the plans was struck down in the High Court. Was this the correct decision for the court to make?

12:00, 25th June 2019
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Fundamental No More? Dual Nationality and the Loss of EU Citizenship

The European Court of Justice has steadily granted more and more extensive protection to citizenship law. However, a recent case - Tjebbes [2019] - represented a change in tone, considering whether EU law precludes national legislation providing for the loss of nationality by operation of law.

12:00, 18th June 2019
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Book Review: 'Beyond Reasonable Doubt' by Gary Bell QC

'Beyond Reasonable Doubt' by Gary Bell QC doubles both as an exhilarating legal thriller and a persuasive commentary on the modern legal system in England & Wales.

12:00, 12th June 2019
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