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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.

11:00, 9th July 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.

11:00, 30th April 2019
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The Beatles Duo: Applying Precedent to a Human Rights and Judicial Review Claim

A recent leaked letter by Sajid Javid MP to the American Attorney General demonstrated Javid is not seeking assurance the US will not use the death penalty on the Isis 'Beatles duo'. This move has been called ‘unprincipled, incompetent, and almost certainly unlawful.’

11:00, 18th September 2018
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How the Home Office Misused Anti-Terror Legislation Against Skilled Migrants

Paragraph 322(5) of the Immigration Rules provides the Home Office with a broad power to refuse immigration applications. One of the grounds of refusal is 'undesirable conduct'; recently, the Home Office has misused this ground to target skilled migrants who make minor tax mistakes.

11:00, 17th August 2018
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Communications Data: A Critical Investigative Tool or a Charter to Snoop?

When granting law enforcement authorities access to communications data, the law must strike a balance between the interests of public protection and the individual right to privacy. The UK's current law in this area appears to be failing in this respect; more must be done to correct the imbalance.

11:00, 17th July 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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Farewell to Arms? The Legality of Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The UK's arms sales to Saudi Arabia are heavily controversial, such that a legal challenge was brought against them by campaigners. The High Court's decision offered a fascinating example of how the courts are reluctant to cross fairly conservative boundaries between the executive and judiciary.

12:00, 5th December 2017
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Dead on Arrival: The Investigatory Powers Act 2016

The UK's current legislation on the retention of data - nicknamed the Snoopers' Charter - looks set to be scrutinised by the ECJ after many privacy groups have expressed concerns over its compliance with EU law. It is one of the many failures of the UK legislature to draft suitable law in this area.

11:00, 29th September 2017
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Robot Wars? Autonomous Weapons and International Humanitarian Law

With the increasing likelihood that weapons equipped with AI that operate independently of humans may feature in conflicts, humanity must answer two key question related to their use: will these weapons ever be able to comply with international humanitarian law and if so, should we allow them to?

11:00, 15th September 2017
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Drones, Donald and Distinction: Civilian Protection in Contemporary Warfare

The use of drones in modern warfare highlights ambiguities in the law of armed conflict. Concerns surrounding this have been heightened as the new President undermines the due process and accountability mechanisms that Obama introduced. Under Trump, civilian collateral has become an afterthought.

11:00, 4th August 2017
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An Age-Old Question: The Law of Refugee Age Testing

Keep Calm Talk Law makes its comeback with an examination of law covering the tests through which the age of young asylum seekers is determined, following controversial claims from the tabloid press late last year that some refugees were falsifying their age to facilitate their entry into the UK.

12:00, 10th January 2017
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Double Standards: Dual Nationality Passport Stripping

The Home Office has announced that the Asian-born perpetrators convicted of child sex exploitation in Rotherham will be stripped of their UK citizenship and deported at the end of their sentences. To what extent does the Home Secretary have such powers, and should they be used in this way?

11:00, 21st April 2016
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Is Mass Surveillance Safer in the Hands of Parliament?

The Government has now published the draft Investigatory Powers Bill that it hopes to see through Parliament by December 2016. However, the Bill is not what it seems and has been subject to widespread criticism. What 'safeguards' to privacy does the Bill contain, and are they effective?

12:00, 11th March 2016
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Freedom of Speech in a time of Terrorism

When it comes to national security the relationship between the importance of freedom of expression and that of public safety is complex and fraught, particularly with regards to journalism. What did the Court of Appeal make of this issue in Miranda v SoS for the Home Department?

12:00, 8th February 2016
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