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Internet Regulation: How Far Should States Go in Regulating Online Content?

As the internet grows and develops, states are becoming more aware of the potential for harm in allowing unregulated transmissions of information across it. How far should states go in regulating this content without infringing on individual liberties - and do they even have the technology to do so?

11:00, 18th August 2020
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Taxation and Social Justice in International Human Rights Law

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) requires states to work towards greater socio-economic rights through their tax policies. International human rights law, however, is severely limited in its ability to enforce these requirements.

11:00, 28th April 2020
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Coronavirus and the ECHR: Should the UK Trigger Article 15?

The UK government has already taken dramatic steps to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, and may have to go further in the coming months. Derogating from the European Convention on Human Rights through Article 15 may in fact be the best way to protect fundamental rights during the crisis.

11:00, 31st March 2020
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Coronavirus and the IHR: Safeguarding Human Rights in a Crisis

The International Health Regulations (IHR) are intended to aid in an international health crisis while safeguarding human rights. However, as the coronavirus pandemic pushes governments to more and more draconian measures, the IHR appear increasingly insufficient for the task at hand.

12:00, 24th March 2020
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Sparing the Camel's Back: Fixing the Common European Asylum System

The Common European Asylum (CEAS) is approaching breaking point, from non-cooperation of Member States to overburdening of the system. These problems, therefore, must be countered if the EU is to avoid further fragmentation, and a humanitarian crisis dwarfing the one we are seeing now.

12:00, 18th February 2020
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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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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.

11:00, 2nd July 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.

11:00, 18th June 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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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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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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Biased Judgment or Baseless Accusation? Impartiality in the Courts

It is of fundamental importance that justice is done and seen to be done - a key part of this is that the judiciary are impartial in their decision making. However, bias may undoubtedly seep through in some cases. The Court of Appeal considered where to draw the line in 2018.

12:00, 15th January 2019
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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.

11:00, 23rd October 2018
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Sports Arbitration Revisited Pt II: Mutu and Pechstein v Switzerland

Following the recent case of RFC Seraing and Doyen Sports Company v FIFA and Others [2018], the ECtHR took a look at the concerning world of mandatory arbitration clauses in sports contracts in the hugely important Mutu and Pechstein v Switzerland [2018], handed down last week.

11:00, 16th October 2018
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