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Bashir v SoS for Home Department: Finding Housed Refugees a Home

For the last nineteen years, six refugee families have lived in the small part of Cyprus still under British control in conditions that amount to a clear breach of their human rights. The Supreme Court, which heard the case last month, is set to decide whether those rights ought to be recognised.

12:00, 26th January 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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A Damaging Disclosure Culture? Lessons from the Allan Case

Recent official reports have exposed a crisis in disclosure which threatens a fair trial and risks miscarriages of justice. This crisis made headlines this week, as the case of Liam Allan highlighted disturbing failures in the prosecuting authorities’ approach to disclosure. So, what is to be done?

12:00, 24th 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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Commercial Awareness: The Fortnightly Round-Up (w/b 31st July)

Understanding the complex world of commerce is vital for aspiring commercial lawyers. Keep Calm Talk Law's fortnightly round-up returns from a short break, providing a succinct and manageable guide to the commercial stories you should know about.

17:00, 6th August 2017
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Do New Evidence Proposals for Rape Cases Strike a Fair Balance?

New evidence proposals have been given wide coverage in the media. While they may seem ideologically sound, does a close examination of their practicalities lead to questions about whether these reforms could be quite damaging to an area already struggling to strike an intricate balance?

11:00, 7th July 2017
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Incompetence and Impressionability: The English Jury System

The use of juries dates back to the time of William the Conqueror. Though steeped in history, there is increasing concern that utilisation of the process can lead to erroneous decisions, particularly where the facts of the relevant cases are highly technical. So, have juries had their day in court?

11:00, 31st March 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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Time for Stark Changes? Examining Pop Culture in Legal Education

Reading dusty tomes and learning by rote the names and facts of cases to supplement daily lectures has long been the staple approach for legal education. However, it might be time for some law courses to rethink their approach to teaching. What roles can 'Pop Culture' and Virtual Reality play?

12:00, 24th February 2017
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Briggs v Briggs: Rethinking the Law on Withdrawal of Treatment

In late 2016, the case of Paul Briggs tested the law on the withdrawal of treatment for those in a Minimally Conscious State. With courts invariably receptive to applications on behalf of patients in Persistent Vegetative States, can greater judicial reluctance to cases like Briggs' be justified?

12:00, 17th February 2017
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Misuse of Private Information: The Failure to Protect the Right to Privacy

Privacy is under threat. The fight against terrorism and the emergence of social media have meant it is increasingly hard to protect information about our personal lives. And, to compound matters, the current remedies for the infringements of privacy rights we do have are simply not sufficient.

12:00, 10th February 2017
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For Whom the Bells Toll: The End of Civil Partnerships?

Statistics document a decline in homosexual couples formalising their relationships in Civil Partnerships since the legislation of gay marriage in the UK. While some argue in favour of an extension to heterosexual couples, the law should recognise that it is time for a divorce from the concept.

12:00, 27th January 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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PJS: Injunctions in an Online World

Injunctions are an incredibly common remedy, dealing with issues from boundary disputes to anti-social behaviour. In recent years, however, the power has come under more scrutiny where injunctions are used to prevent details of the private lives of public figures being reported.

11:00, 27th July 2016
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