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Climate Change Litigation: Can the Courts Save the Planet?

Climate change is becoming a more pressing problem everyday, with mankind only having an estimated 11 years left to prevent irreversible damage. In light of the increasing failure of governments to take action, litigants are turning to the courts to force change in this area.

12:00, 23rd July 2019
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Problems with the Home Office’s Controversial ‘Good Character’ Test

The criterion applied under the 'good character' test regarding immigration has had disastrous effect. However, in 2021 a 'skills-based' immigration vision for all EU entrants into the UK will be implemented, transitioning our system from bad to worse.

12:00, 9th July 2019
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A British Bill of Rights Part II: Human Rights After Brexit

Since its introduction towards the end of the millennium, certain groups of politicians have favoured the removal of the Human Rights Act 1998. Brexit seems to be a clear step in this direction, prompting concern as to the possible removal of protection surrounding these fundamental rights.

12:00, 2nd July 2019
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Heathrow Expansion: A Potential Developmental Delusion

Recently, the Conservative Party has seemed willing to back the expansion of London's famous Heathrow Airport, despite serious climate change implications. In May 2019, a judicial review claim regarding the plans was struck down in the High Court. Was this the correct decision for the court to make?

12:00, 25th June 2019
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Fundamental No More? Dual Nationality and the Loss of EU Citizenship

The European Court of Justice has steadily granted more and more extensive protection to citizenship law. However, a recent case - Tjebbes [2019] - represented a change in tone, considering whether EU law precludes national legislation providing for the loss of nationality by operation of law.

12:00, 18th 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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The Shabby State of Surrogacy Laws in the UK

Surrogacy laws, in their current state, have many unacceptable gaps. This has led to the judiciary having to creatively interpret the law, leading to a haphazard band-aid fix that doesn't match up with the clear language of the legislation. Reform by Parliament is needed.

12:00, 28th May 2019
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Nationality in Sport: Nailing your Colours to the Mast?

A person's nationality can be an emotive thing. Stringent rules often operate regarding whether one can become a national of another country. These rules, however, are somewhat short-circuited by an alternate procedure in sporting law. Can they co-exist, and what will be the position after Brexit?

12:00, 21st May 2019
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The Shamima Begum Case: A Just Decision?

It is hard to empathise with Shamima Begum, the 19-year old girl that wishes to return to the UK after fleeing to join ISIS four years ago. However, the UK Government's reaction represents an unacceptable knee-jerk decision that can have dangerous consequences down the line.

12:00, 30th April 2019
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Pharmaceutical Transparency under the EU's Clinical Trial Regulation

The EU's proposed Clinical Trial Regulation represents an innovative, much-needed step in ensuring greater transparency of the results of trials conducted on forthcoming medicines. Its effectiveness, however, is limited by its proposed exemptions, most notably that protecting 'commercial interests'.

12:00, 16th 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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Investigating Facebook: Competition Law vs Data Protection

The lines between data protection and competition law are blurring. The German National Competition Authority's investigation into Facebook is the first attempt to tackle data protection with the tools of competition law. Can, or should, the EU follow suit?

12:00, 19th 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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A British Bill of Rights Part I: Bringing Rights Home

Part I looks at the introduction of the Human Rights Act 1998, the justifications for it, and the transformative role it has played in the protection of civil liberties. Part II will look at the future for the HRA post-Brexit.

12:00, 12th February 2019
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