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OPO v Rhodes: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

A case concerning the publication of the autobiography of James Rhodes, a renowned concert pianist, saw the reemergence of a Victorian tort that looked destined to be nothing more than a historical footnote. Though its rediscovery is welcome, the Supreme Court limited its scope too heavily.

12:00, 13th February 2018
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Love v United States of America: A Victory for Justice?

The High Court's decision to block the extradition of Lauri Love - an alleged computer hacker - to the USA has attracted significant media coverage: many have treated it as a referendum on a number of causes. Yet, in actual fact, the decision is far narrower than such coverage has made out.

19:00, 11th February 2018
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Fixed-Term Contracts in Football: Foul Play or Fair Game?

The idea of footballers being signed on short-term contracts has been a widely accepted part of the sport. However, in a recent German case, a player challenged the legality of these contracts; if he had been successful, this could have had a revolutionary effect on the beautiful game.

12:00, 9th February 2018
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Has the Criminalisation of Emotional Domestic Abuse Been Successful?

While the law has long sought to tackle the physical aspects of domestic violence, the emotional elements have only recently been subject to criminalisation. Regrettably, attempts to realise and translate the new protective mechanisms into meaningful avenues of redress for victims have struggled.

12:00, 6th February 2018
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The Death of Copyright Law's Idea/Expression Dichotomy

For copyright law, a between ideas and expressions has long been considered to have foundational status. However, a number of recent judgments from both the English and EU courts have cast doubt on the extent to which that fundamental dichotomy really is applicable today.

12:00, 2nd February 2018
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Should Obesity be Protected as a Disability?

Discrimination law's current definition of what constitutes a disability excludes obese individuals from protection, save where their weight causes them related medical impairments. However, this overlooks that such individuals often suffer social stigmatisation that can also trigger discrimination.

12:00, 30th January 2018
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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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