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Bashir v SoS for Home Department: Finding Housed Refugees a Home

For the last nineteen years, six refugee families have lived in the small part of Cyprus still under British control in conditions that amount to a clear breach of their human rights. The Supreme Court, which heard the case last month, is set to decide whether those rights ought to be recognised.

12:00, 26th January 2018
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Competition Law in the Computer Age: Examining Microsoft v Commission

The characteristics of the IT market have created a myriad of new challenges for global competition authorities. They have had to adapt and strain the tools in their legal arsenal to ensure justice is done; as is evident from the long-standing battle between the European Commission and Microsoft.

12:00, 19th January 2018
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Problems with Trade Marks for Shapes

At present, the law applies strict limits to when a particular shape can be registered as a trade mark. Recently, this has denied protection to the shape of London Taxis and Nespresso coffee capsules. This appears to disregard the important role played by a product's aesthetic for many companies.

12:00, 16th January 2018
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The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme: A Case for Reform

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, which provides injured veterans with compensation, has a number of well-documented flaws that have the effect of denying justice to deserving claimants. A number of different reforms to the way in which the system operates would therefore be welcome.

12:00, 12th January 2018
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Harkins v UK: Highlighting the Importance for Discourse on Extradition

A mammoth legal battle concerning the USA's attempts to extradite alleged murderer Philip Harkins came to an end last year, when the European Court of Human Rights rejected Harkins' final attempt to remain in the UK. The saga highlights how human rights and extradition have the potential to clash.

12:00, 9th January 2018
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Inked: Should Doctors Honour a Patient's DNR Tattoo?

The case of an unidentified patient in a Miami hospital has sparked debate upon medical lawyers and practitioners about how doctors should treat 'Do Not Resuscitate' tattoos. In the USA, the doctors showed a willingness to honour the tattoo; would and should English doctors follow suit?

12:00, 5th January 2018
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The Biggest Challenges Facing the Legal Profession in 2018

Showing an understanding of the challenges facing the legal profession is vital for demonstrating awareness to recruiters. Thus, it is important to examine how issues like Brexit, cyber security, fixed costs and online courts could cause problems for lawyers in the coming year.

12:00, 2nd January 2018
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A Question of Recognition: A Potential Avenue for Catalonian Independence?

The debate on whether Catalonia may be able to secure independence has largely focused on the right to self-determination. However, another potential avenue to independence is worth exploring: whether Catalonia might be able to gain statehood following recognition from other states across the world.

12:00, 29th December 2017
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Blurred Lines? Preserving the Distinction between Leases and Licences

Recent case law has left the distinction between leases and licences somewhat blurred; according to some, the concepts can no longer be considered disparate. However, if a non-conventional approach to defining 'property' is applied to the authorities, the lease-licence dichotomy can remain true.

12:00, 26th December 2017
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A Damaging Disclosure Culture? Lessons from the Allan Case

Recent official reports have exposed a crisis in disclosure which threatens a fair trial and risks miscarriages of justice. This crisis made headlines this week, as the case of Liam Allan highlighted disturbing failures in the prosecuting authorities’ approach to disclosure. So, what is to be done?

12:00, 24th December 2017
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Gilham v Ministry of Justice: Are Whistleblowing Judges Sufficiently Protected?

The act of whistleblowing can be of vital public importance: when undertaken by judges, it can shed light on practices that are causing manifest injustice. Yesterday's decision by the Court of Appeal represents another episode of one whistleblowing judge's attempts to secure greater protection.

12:00, 22nd December 2017
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Pointless or Going for Gold? Copyright Protection for TV Shows

While scripted TV shows have long been protected by copyright law, the legal position of programmes that rely on spontaneity, like quiz shows or reality television, has been heavily contested. However, a recent High Court case has finally provided guidance as to when protection may be available.

12:00, 19th December 2017
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A Stark Warning: Greece, Goldman Sachs and the ‘Swaps Deal’

The infamous currency swaps between Greece and Goldman Sachs, used to ensure the country could join the Eurozone, shows how the problems that can arise without sufficient regulation of an expanded derivatives market. Hopefully, the fallout from the deals will spark some much-needed regulation.

12:00, 15th December 2017
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A Study of Damaging Discourse: Regulating Female Genital Cutting

A polarised discourse on the subject of Female Genital Cutting that has tended to focus upon the writers themselves rather than their arguments has impacted upon the development of effective and coherent regulation of the practice. This leaves contradictions in the law that need to be resolved.

12:00, 12th December 2017
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