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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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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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The Woolcock Case: Prison for Failing to Pay Council Tax?

Council tax serves a vital function in requiring citizens to assist in funding necessary local services, such as schools and social care. However, should non-payment of council tax - a civil debt - result in imprisonment?

12:00, 4th June 2019
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Book Review: ‘Doing Justice’ by Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, published his first book, 'Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law'. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the law, politics, and anything in between.

12:00, 9th April 2019
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Hooding the Horrible? Spit Hoods, Reasonable Force and Human Rights

It was recently announced that spit hoods - meshed sacks placed over the heads of people that have spat at police officers - will be issued to frontline police officers. However, these hoods have important human rights implications and potentially deadly consequences.

12:00, 26th March 2019
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Domestic Abuse Bill: Migrants Falling Through the Cracks

The recently proposed Domestic Abuse Bill represents a great step towards protecting vulnerable persons that would otherwise continue to face life-threatening danger every day of their lives. However, it doesn't go far enough - specifically, migrants and minorities fall through its cracks.

12:00, 15th March 2019
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'In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law': An Interview with Sarah Langford

'In Your Defence' follows the the stories of eleven individuals, the details drawn from multiple real-life cases. In conversation with Keep Calm Talk Law, barrister and author Sarah Langford discusses life at the bar for women, motivations for writing and the crumbling criminal justice system.

12:00, 5th March 2019
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Assaults on Emergency Workers: Protecting the Protectors or an Empty Promise?

Parliament recently passed the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 in an attempt to 'protect the protectors' by ensuring those that assault emergency workers receive double sentences. However, does this actually make any difference or is it simply a hollow policy?

12:00, 29th January 2019
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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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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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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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The Matrix Has You: Stop and Search in the Age of ‘Intelligence Policing’

The Gang Matrix is an online database used by the police to document and track gang members. However, recent reports from StopWatch and Amnesty International raise concerns about the database's legitimacy. This has a number of implications, in particular for racial targeting and individual privacy

12:00, 26th October 2018
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The Matrix Has You: Stop and Search in the Age of ‘Intelligence Policing’

The Gang Matrix is an online database used by the police to document and track gang members. However, recent reports from StopWatch and Amnesty International raise concerns about the database's legitimacy. This has a number of implications, in particular for racial targeting and individual privacy

12:00, 26th October 2018
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