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‘What Price Justice?’ Criminal Court Fees are Punishing the Vulnerable

In April 2015, the former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced plans to charge those convicted with criminal court fees, on a sliding scale. Whilst it may seem logical to make criminals pay their way, it has some serious implications for justice; this must be given greater thought.

12:00, 22nd October 2015
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Tinker, Tyler, the Creator, banned. Why?

The line between art and obscenity is a fine one. 'Tyler, The Creator', a controversial hip-hop star, has recently been banned from the UK by the Home Secretary, using powers granted to combat terrorism. Is this an example of how such measures may start infringing on our own lives and rights?

12:00, 1st October 2015
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Reflections on a capital trial: we cannot justify capital punishment

Following a month working with the Office of the Federal Public Defender in California, including on a death sentence case, Josh Dowdall reflects on the use of capital punishment with the benefit of first hand experience. Can a death sentence ever really be justified in practice or in principle?

12:00, 29th September 2015
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Drone Strikes, ISIS and the Right to Self-Defence

Tensions have always been high on the topic of drones, but never more so in the UK since the strike on Reyaad Khan earlier this year, a British national believed to be a serious threat to the country, involved in planning attacks on UK soil. Was this legally justifiable as self defence?

12:00, 28th September 2015
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The Dublin System: Preventing ‘Asylum Shopping’

The British public is not short of articles about the EU 'Migrant' Crisis, but few address an important point: Since many refugees travelling on to Northern EU States, such as the UK, Germany, and Sweden, have previously resided in Greece or Turkey, how are they still classed as refugees?

12:00, 18th September 2015
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Should we talk about “rights” and “justice” within the family?

Human rights are correctly recognised by many as an international idea; one that is universal to all human beings. However, something that is less clear is how far horizontal effect of human rights extends. In the UK human rights apply between citizens, but what about within the family?

12:00, 20th August 2015
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Dissecting the ‘Calais Crisis’

Migrants and refugees are referred to by the British public and press interchangeably, with no regard or differentiation between their circumstances. Further David Cameron has referred to those in Calais as 'swarms', nothing short of dehumanising. How do we compare to other European countries?

12:00, 18th August 2015
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RightsInfo Report: The European Court of Human Rights Uncovered

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is an often misunderstood supranational body. RightsInfo.org, a project run by Adam Wagner of One Crown Office Row, has published a beautiful Infographic report detailing what the Court does, who it protects, and why it matters. Why is it important?

12:00, 17th August 2015
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Sandra Bland: Lessons Learned From Another Needless Death In Custody

Every year there a staggering number of needless deaths at the hands of, or whilst in the custody of, law enforcement in both the US and the UK. A recent particularly shocking case highlights lessons that must be learned on both sides of the Atlantic to prevent further loss of life in custody.

12:00, 10th August 2015
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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: UK mass-surveillance

Edward Snowden's revelations earlier this decade where not targeted at the USA alone. Snowden believes that '[GCHQ] are worse than the US.' This came to a crux in late 2014 before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. GCHQ's powers remain legal, with details behind a different set of closed doors.

12:03, 27th July 2015
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Wrongful Conviction and Compensation: Hallam and Nealon

A recent case provides a remarkable illustration of the relationship between UK courts and the ECtHR. It also poses important questions regarding who should receive compensation following wrongful conviction. Should the claimant have to prove his innocence, not just that he was wrongfully convicted?

12:20, 17th July 2015
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The EU and the ECHR: Will They? Won’t They?

As the world becomes increasingly globalised, international law and supranational institutions are on the rise. This can lead to difficult questions about how various international powers relate. The EU's Lisbon Treaty provided for accession to the ECHR, but what is stopping them from gelling?

12:15, 16th July 2015
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For your eyes only: Down the rabbit-hole of mass-surveillance - USA

The threat of terrorism in modern times is clear. However, the practices of intelligence agencies was less so until Edward Snowden's revelations. Can flagrant abuses of the right to privacy be tolerated in light of the protection such practices give us, or is it the first step to an Orwellian state?

12:00, 3rd July 2015
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Can Common Law Human Rights Save a Nation?

The case of the Chagossians originates from the forced eviction of the islanders, who were required to leave their homes to make space for the construction of a US naval base. Their final appeal rests on Article 6 and Article 8, but would they receive such protection under the common law?

12:00, 1st July 2015
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