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Insanity and Automatism: The Dysfunctional Defences

While there have been improvements to the law of insanity in recent decades, there is still a long way to go until the defences of insanity and automatism are satisfactory. Extensive reform has widespread support, however, to-date, Parliament has appeared reluctant to pursue full reform.

11:08, 29th April 2014
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Immigration Income Requirements: What is the real purpose?

Immigration has been a political hot topic of late, with the coalition government promising to cut net migration during their term. One way they have done this is by introducing new rules on income requirements to bring families to the UK. However, the government's justification does not add up.

11:18, 26th April 2014
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Groundless Threats, Groundless Reform

Threats can be as scary as this tiger for a business. Whilst facing up to a tiger is not recommended, businesses are often too scared to make a stand against an intellectual property threat, even when it might be groundless. More extensive reform than that suggested by the Law Commission is needed.

11:13, 22nd April 2014
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UK Air Quality – Is enough being done?

The quality of the air that we breathe has a dramatic impact on health and it has been highlighted in recent weeks that the UK and other European nations are not maintaining a suitable level of clean air. Is enough being done to combat this, and what are the implications of not doing enough?

11:17, 20th April 2014
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Compensation for psychiatric harm: the lesser known victims of Hillsborough

25 years on from the Hillsborough disaster, Holly Abel examines the law on compensation for psychiatric harm, which is predominantly governed by a post-Hillsborough case. Given the advancement of medicine, is a restrictive approach to compensation for psychiatric harm still necessary or desired?

11:11, 17th April 2014
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Logic in Liability: Defending a Duty of Care

Tort law is subject to intense scrutiny, with some believing the rules are vague and ambiguous, leaving the law unpredictable and indeterminate. Jade Rigby deconstructs these arguments in order to show tort law is not just a theoretical relic of English jurisprudence, but an important branch of law.

11:00, 15th April 2014
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The Fate of Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

The Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011 was introduced to replace the anti-terrorism control order, which was much stricter than its successor, yet delivered the same goal. However, TPIMs are criticised on grounds of human rights and in-effectiveness. Are these criticisms fair?

11:08, 13th April 2014
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Loss of Control: An Acceptable Defence?

Yasmin Daswani examines the defence of provocation prior to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, and explores whether the replacement 'Loss of Control' defence is a step in the right direction, or unfit for purpose. In the 21st Century, do we believe it is morally less blameworthy to kill in anger?

11:49, 12th April 2014
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It's not the end of the line for data retention

On Tuesday the CJEU came to the conclusion the European Data Retention Directive was, and always had been, invalid, marking a significant step for the protection of privacy. However, is this the end of the line for telecommunications data retention within Europe, or just a minor setback?

11:15, 10th April 2014
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Stop & Search: Fundamentally Flawed or Institutionally Racist?

Police 'stop and search' powers are prone to criticism, with the latest case coming to a head in the Court of Appeal in February. However, on what grounds are these powers criticised? Is the law itself at fault by being too draconian, or is it police conduct that brings the bad name to the table?

11:38, 8th April 2014
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Online Pirates, prepare to be boarded! Right after we borrow a ship…

The Digital Economy Act 2010 provided for a stringent scheme to combat online piracy. However, due to a number of difficulties this has not yet been implemented. An alternative voluntary scheme has been suggested, but there are doubts as to whether it can succeed given opposition from stakeholders.

10:59, 5th April 2014
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Legal Aid – A Pyrrhic Victory

Opposition to the government's legal aid reforms continue. However, a controversial deal was struck last week between the Criminal Bar Association and the Ministry of Justice, which threatens to damage the unity created between two sections of the legal profession by the legal aid crisis.

12:27, 3rd April 2014
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Extradition Part 2: A Political Tool

Jessica Johnson looks at the law governing extradition, this time with a focus on category 2 countries, specifically Russia and the USA. Whilst extradition may seem legal in nature, is it really just a political tool that reflects the current status of international relationships?

11:20, 2nd April 2014
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Negotiated Agreements: Binding Absent Signing

Thomas Horton explores two recent High Court decisions that have resulted in the determination of a binding agreement where the parties are still yet to finalise and sign a suitably worded agreement. A simple omission of ‘Subject to Contract’ in negotiations may result in a binding agreement.

11:15, 31st March 2014
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