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Article 13 of the Copyright Directive: Is the EU Really Banning Memes?

Copyright law has, in the internet age, lagged behind technological advances. However, the most recent attempt of the European Parliament to catch up with technology - the newly proposed Copyright Directive - has sparked fierce opposition online, mostly for its alleged attempts to 'ban memes'.

12:00, 18th December 2018
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Self-Defence: More Complicated Than It Seems?

The complexity surrounding the concept of ‘self-defence’ is often underestimated. The expectation that a defendant will be acquitted of a crime because they acted to protect themselves or someone else paints a deceptively simplistic picture of what is, in reality, a difficult defence.

12:00, 14th December 2018
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Revoking Article 50: Explaining the Possibility to Stop Brexit

As more and more evidence points to the fact that Brexit could become a catastrophic failure, the question of whether the notification of Article 50 can be reversed has arisen. This article explains the vital CJEU judgment, and AG Campos Sánchez-Bordona's Opinion, on the matter.

12:00, 11th December 2018
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Book Review: 'Eve Was Shamed' by Helen Kennedy QC

Eve was Shamed is the second book by Helen Kennedy QC, a barrister practising at Doughty Street Chambers. It details the various ways the justice system fails women; in the age of #metoo this is an important addition to the conversation.

12:00, 7th December 2018
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Secession and the EU: Brave New World or Continuation of Membership?

Recent events throughout Europe - perhaps most notably in Catalonia, Spain - has seen rising tensions in many regions regarding the possibility of secession. However, whether a secession will permit the new state to remain part of the European Union is a largely uncertain area of law.

12:00, 4th December 2018
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The Refugee Crisis and Human Rights: Where Are We Now?

The Dublin Regulation determines member state responsibility for asylum applications. Its aim was efficiency but it has faced various human rights challenges. Reform can achieve both efficiency and human rights compatibility by re-distributing the burden of applications more fairly

12:00, 30th November 2018
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May's Draft Brexit Deal: A True Challenge to UK Sovereignty?

Following the referendum in June 2016, politics in the UK has been dominated by Brexit negotiations over the past two years. Finally, May has proposed a draft Brexit deal. However, regardless of political leanings, there is one aspect which is wholly unacceptable: the 'joint agreement clause'.

12:00, 27th November 2018
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Scotch Whiskey v Lord Advocate: A Neat Solution or The Law on the Rocks?

The tension between protecting public health and the free movement of goods - and the broader tension between Member States and the EU - was brought into sharp focus in a Supreme Court case last year that raised questions about a reconsideration of the ambit of Article 34 of the TFEU is needed.

12:00, 23rd November 2018
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Grenfell Tower Fire: A Turning Point for Corporate Manslaughter?

The Grenfell tower fire in June 2017 proved to be the largest loss of life in London since World War Two. Due to its seriousness, the tragedy could set yet another milestone in the shape of sculpting the law surrounding the recently created 'corporate manslaughter' offence.

12:00, 20th November 2018
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Playing God: The Ethics of Designer Babies

Recently, there have been a number of important developments in gene editing revive ethical and religious dilemmas. But with these new opportunities comes questions as to whether society is are ready for these changes, and whether it is possible to ensure laws can keep up with science.

12:00, 16th November 2018
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Parliamentary Privilege: An Outdated Right?

The #metoo campaign briefly stagnated in the UK following the granting of a temporary injunction on the identity of a high-profile allegation of sexual misconduct. However, using 'Parliamentary privilege', Lord Hain controversially revealed the identity of the alleged abuser to be Sir Philip Green.

12:00, 13th November 2018
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Constitution & Convention: What’s Stopping A Second Brexit Referendum?

The vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016 has proven difficult for many to accept. As such, there is an increasingly popular movement of citizens campaigning for a second referendum. Such a vote, however, may prove politically and legally impossible.

12:00, 9th November 2018
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Non-Taxation of McDonald's: Illegal State Aid or Valid Loophole?

McDonald's has ruled the fast food game for decades on end and might be expected to have paid millions of dollars around the world in corporate tax payments. The European Commission recently considered whether its failure to pay corporate tax regarding Luxembourg royalties is valid or illegal.

12:00, 6th November 2018
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Shareholders v Stakeholders: Companies Protecting the Environment?

Companies have always operated, in accordance with the desires of shareholders, in the most profitable ways. However, this has been at great cost to the health of the environment. New legislation is required to ensure companies act in ways that protect both profits and the world.

12:00, 2nd November 2018
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