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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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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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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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The Gay Cake Case: Lee v Ashers Baking Company

For the past four years, fierce debate has surrounded whether a Christian couple could legally refuse to serve a cake adorned with the message 'Support Gay Marriage'. The Supreme Court recently considered whether this was lawful freedom of expression or bigoted discrimination.

12:00, 23rd October 2018
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Sadomasochism following R v Brown: Domestic Violence or Sexual Autonomy?

The issue of whether consent can be a defence to sadomasochist sexual activity is applied inconsistently by the courts. The decisions are influenced by a number of biases - especially attitudes towards homosexuality and marriage. This article considers the implications for personal autonomy.

12:00, 12th October 2018
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The Abortion Act 1967: Out of Date and Out of Time?

The Abortion Act 1967 was, when first adopted, a pioneering piece of legislation. However, in light of medical and societal developments, it has become increasingly anachronistic. Lessons should be taken from Victoria in Australia to ensure the law places power with women, where it should be.

12:00, 31st July 2018
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In Defence of Regional Human Rights Bodies

Alongside international documents that set out universal human rights, there exists in several parts of the world regional systems for promoting and protecting human rights. Though these systems have been criticised, they are valuable tools for developing the law that must be celebrated.

12:00, 30th March 2018
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Upskirting: Failure of the Law to Protect Women

There are many ways the law is failing women. A shocking example is the lack of a specific offence for upskirting. However, the #stopskirtingtheissue campaign has led to a private member's bill being considered by Parliament, giving hope that this will soon change.

12:00, 9th March 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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Tall Tales: Is it High Time to allow Height Discrimination Claims?

At present, English and EU law can only provide indirectly protect claimants who have been subjected to discrimination on the grounds of their height. But this leaves open the chance of a lacuna in the law arising, as the fact pattern of a case decided by the European Court of Justice illustrates.

12:00, 8th December 2017
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Paid and Displayed: Is the BBC at risk of Discrimination Lawsuits?

The publication of the salaries of the BBC's 96 highest paid stars has shone a light on a major gender pay gap within the corporation. Might these new figures leave it having to fight off pay discrimination lawsuits?

12:00, 21st July 2017
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Lord Lester's 'Five Ideas to Fight For' - And How Brexit Changes Them

Lord Lester QC's book, published in April 2016, outlined the importance of fighting for five key ideals. Almost one year and a Brexit vote later, the protection that these principles are afforded is under threat, and the nature and content of the battle for them has changed.

12:00, 21st March 2017
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X v Ofsted: Testing the Law on Gender Discrimination in Schools

A case from late 2016 tested the law on discrimination in a novel way, by asking whether the segregation of pupils was a violation of the Equality Act 2010. Indeed, the decision sheds light on the important role that society's new ideas about discrimination might have in the future.

12:00, 17th January 2017
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