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Right to Buy: The Re-invention of Thatcher’s Social Revolution

Loathe it or love it, the “right to buy” (RTB) was a policy that defined the Thatcher era. However, the new Conservative government have committed to extending the scheme beyond state-owned housing to the 1.3 million tenants of housing associations in England. This has been met with much opposition.

12:00, 25th June 2015
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Hypocrisy And The Human Rights Act: Article 10

The very same media organisations that are so critical of the Human Rights Act 1998 serially utilise Article 10, the freedom of expression, to further their own causes. By using Article 10, newspapers can justify practices and actions which would otherwise be an invasion of privacy under Article 8.

12:00, 23rd June 2015
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State-Organised Murder: The Death Penalty in the 21st Century

In 2015, support for the death penalty in the UK is estimated to be at 48% of the population, and our new Justice Secretary has previously voiced his support for reinstatement. Might the UK come to this? What are the arguments for and against, and how effective is the death penalty in prevention?

12:00, 22nd June 2015
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Where is the Love? A Lament to Justice

This week the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta is being celebrated around the world. Yet there is hypocrisy in us celebrating it here in the UK, given the unrelenting changes that have been made to the justice system over the last five years. Would King John be proud of what he saw today?

12:00, 16th June 2015
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Can Sturgeon Save the Human Rights Act and Prevent ‘Brexit’?

The Scotland Bill, currently making its way through Westminster, gives legal basis to the Sewel Convention, providing the Scottish Parliament with a right of veto over areas of shared competence. Could this pose a problem for Cameron in repealing the Human Rights Act, and leaving the EU ('Brexit')?

12:00, 15th June 2015
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India's Child Labour Reforms: Undoing Decades of Hard Work

Recent proposals for reform from the Indian government would allow children under the work of 14 to work in 'family enterprises', undoing many years of hard work to eradicate child labour. Not only is this ethically flawed, it defies economic sense and will drastically undermine social equality.

12:00, 4th June 2015
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A Humanitarian Crisis On EU Borders

The number of migrants who have died in the Mediterranean trying to reach European shores on unseaworthy and overcrowded boats has reached a disastrous high. Current policies are not enough; the EU is not taking responsibility for correcting the irrational and unproductive debate about migration.

12:00, 28th May 2015
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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: what do we stand to lose?

Following their successful election campaign, the new Conservative Government is pushing ahead with its pledge to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights. Will they actually be able to make any material changes, or is the whole exercise a big waste of valuable time?

12:00, 18th May 2015
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Beyond the Chaos: Transitional Justice in International Law

In times of great social and political conflict, mass human rights abuses are, sadly, quite common. When these abuses come to an end, the transition back to 'normal' society is rarely problem free. Should perpetrators be brought to justice, or should a 'forgive and forget' policy be adopted?

12:00, 12th May 2015
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Suicide and Europe: The Legal Duty to Prevent A Lawful Act

The answer to the question of whether there is a legal duty to prevent suicide is a difficult one, buried behind often complex, and arguably illogical, academic arguments regarding the distinctions between acts and omissions. There is a legislative gap which the courts are reluctant to fill.

12:07, 7th May 2015
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A Web of Influence: Freedom of Information and the Black Spider Memos

The 'Black Spider Memos’, private letters to government departments from Prince Charles, will shortly be in the public domain subsequent to an extensively litigated freedom of information request and a Supreme Court judgment. This simple FOI request has raised questions of constitutional importance.

12:00, 28th April 2015
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Rightsinfo: Play Your Part In Awakening The British Public

Rightsinfo intends to change the way we communicate about Human Rights, provide clear and reliable Human Rights information that can be easily shared, and to use infographs and stories to bring Human Rights to life. It has the potential to change perceptions, it just needs to be shared.

12:00, 27th April 2015
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The UK’s Approach to Detention: Anybody and Everybody

Last month, Channel 4 broadcasted an undercover documentary into the notorious Yarl’s Wood detention centre. This coincided with a parliamentary inquiry into the detention of asylum seekers. Together, they have highlighted an urgent need to reform the UK's asylum seeker detention policy.

11:59, 23rd April 2015
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The Benefit Cap: Disregarding a Child’s Best Interests

The much debated benefit cap was recently the subject of an appeal heard before the Supreme Court. Could the Supreme Court declare the Welfare Reform Act 2012 unlawful pursuant to either the Human Rights Act 1998 or obligations imposed on the UK by a UN Convention on Children's Rights?

12:00, 16th April 2015
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