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A complicated relationship: The ECtHR, media, privacy & freedom of expression

Hugh Tomlinson QC, a well-regarded media and privacy law expert, has recently criticised the ECtHR for blurring the boundaries between privacy and defamation cases. Chris Bridges provides a brief history of privacy law, highlights how this blurring has come about, and why it is important.

12:40, 9th February 2014
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Google to get a slap on the wrist for ‘stalking adverts’?

Last Thursday (16th January) the High court handed down judgement in Vidal -Hall & Ors v Google Inc, with an outcome Google will surely be dismayed by. Google are to be sued here in the UK for breach of privacy, potentially under an entirely new tort of misuse of private information.

13:10, 25th January 2014
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Defamation Dragged into the 21st Century?

Until recently the UK's claimant-friendly defamation law has dampened free speech and attracted libel tourists. The Defamation Act 2013 came into force on 1st January 2014 and hopes to change this, but does it do so successfully?

12:21, 14th January 2014
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Punishing your Child - Time for an Abolition of Reasonable Chastisement?

The law of the UK still allows for the reasonable chastisement of children by their parents, or person in locus parentis. Maggie Atkinson, the Children's Commissioner has called for this defence to child punishment to be removed.

13:53, 29th December 2013
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Unavoidable Protection of Human Rights from Europe

With recent consideration of leaving the European Convention on Human Rights, Thomas Horton provides a systematic view of the UK's legal obligations as a member of the EU, demonstrating that the ECHR can still be applicable in light of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

12:08, 22nd December 2013
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The Sharia Law Debate – what's next?

The Arbitration Act 1996 provides an infrastructure for faith-based arbitration, despite principally being designed for commercial disputes. This has allowed Sharia law to be enforced within the UK, some of which is controversial on grounds of gender equality. Should this be reformed, and if so how?

12:11, 18th December 2013
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Legitimate forms of protest in the 21st Century

We live in an age of rapid change, in which technological progress is exponential. However not everything is changing so quickly. Whilst certain forms of protest, such as discrimination, are no longer acceptable, society is failing to accept new forms of protest that our technological age needs.

13:50, 8th December 2013
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A step away from the ECHR

A couple who ran a hotel have recently had a decision go against them in the UK Supreme Court after turning away a homosexual couple who were in a civil partnership. What are the implications of this decision with regards to the ECHR?

15:03, 7th December 2013
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A Bad Time for the Burqa?

Prohibiting face coverings may appear simple, but undermining a religious belief and identity can have severe effects. Britain's proposition on banning the burqa demonstrates the possible dangers of secular laws.

12:03, 20th November 2013
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Are We Heading Towards An Olympics of Oppression?

In 1964, racial discrimination in South Africa sparked an Olympic ban of almost thirty years. South Africa was only restored to the games in 1992, following the repeal of all apartheid laws the previous year. Why then are we allowing the Winter Olympics to go ahead in a notoriously homophobic state?

12:28, 17th November 2013
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The role of the UKSC recently determined following Chester and McGeoch

The relationship between the UK and Strasbourg has been incredibly beneficial for the development of the protection of human rights. The decision of the UKSC in Chester and McGeoch has clarified how the Rule of Law is upheld and determined their constitutional position.

07:30, 11th November 2013
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