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PD v Merseyside Police: Time to Change Policy On Strip Searching?

During the five-year period between 2008 and 2013, an appropriate adult was not present in 45% of strip searches of children below the age of 16, and 49% of them were release without charge. Are strip searches of children really being proportionately used, or is it time for a policy change.

12:00, 9th April 2015
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Tackling UK Caste Discrimination

Some politicians would have the public believe that caste discrimination does not exist within the UK, however research suggests otherwise. It is believed that between 50,000 and 200,000 people in the UK are considered to be 'low caste'. This is unacceptable. Caste discrimination must be outlawed.

12:00, 26th March 2015
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Modern Slavery: Victim Protection v Perpetrator Punishment

Slavery is not a concept confined to history books. It exists today as a clandestine practice that causes silent suffering, even in the UK that outlawed the practice nearly two centuries ago. The Modern Slavery Bill is the latest attempt at combating slavery, but does it take the correct approach?

12:00, 23rd March 2015
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Protecting the Civil Liberties of Mental Health Detainees

The UK has come far in recognising and understanding mental health conditions. However, problems remain, and the most recent proposals from the Human Rights and Equality Commission have been met with some criticism, despite their positive intentions. More fact specific recommendations are needed.

12:00, 16th March 2015
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Statelessness is Not a Solution to Extremism

The British Government’s approach to fighting the threat of terrorism with enforced statelessness represents a major disembarkation from international law, and several fundamental legal principles. Policy makers are being very shortsighted; this is not the way to tackle extremism on home soil.

12:00, 9th March 2015
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Prisoner Voting Rights: A Clash Between Human and Natural Rights

With reference to prisoner voting rights, Sam Winders explores the divergence between legalistic discussions held in the courtroom, and the common will of the people. Does this ultimately boil down to a conflict in two distinct conceptions of law? Natural justice v law as a tool, with function?

12:00, 5th March 2015
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Drone Strikes under International Law

Over years the years, use of attack drones inside and outside of armed conflict has been controversial. Questions have been raised over whether the USA's extensive use of drones has been legal. Breaches of state sovereignty, international humanitarian law and human rights law are all apparent.

12:00, 3rd March 2015
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Social Media and Unfair Dismissal: Bad News for Employees

The damage social media can cause to employment relationships struck a little too close to home in recent months, with a Clifford Chance trainee making the national press for an alleged jihadist video. Where do employees stand in claims for unfair dismissal over misconduct on personal social media?

12:00, 26th February 2015
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Freedom of Speech, Within Limits

Freedom of speech. It is one of our fundamental human rights. It is a right that stands up against oppression and can instigate change. It is a right that allows us to tell the world what we want the world to hear. Balancing this right with rationality, however, is creating tension.

12:31, 6th February 2015
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CIA Interrogation Tactics Unveiled

Global shock and outrage have followed recent revelations that CIA agents were complicit in and party to acts of torture against detainees suspected of terrorist offences, demonstrating a significant digression by the USA from its international commitments for the protection of fundamental rights.

12:00, 4th February 2015
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The Palestinian Position

Few conflicts are as fraught with public opinion and historical background as that of Israel and Palestine. Palestine’s quest to receive accepted statehood is far from complete; yet with no specific guidelines as to what constitutes a state's existence, an outcome for this conflict looks bleak.

12:00, 29th January 2015
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Britain, Europe and the Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act 1998 is one of the most debated Acts in the UK. The Conservative government has indicated that it will repeal the HRA, and leave the ECHR in favour of a ‘British Bill of Rights’. However, it is difficult to envisage how this proposal fits with the UK's constitutional framework.

12:00, 13th January 2015
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Our Liberties in Anti-Terror Law

Following concerns raised by David Anderson QC regarding the recently proposed Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill by Home Secretary Theresa May, what impact are we likely to see on pre-existing anti-terror laws and how are measures balanced with our liberties should this Bill receive royal assent?

12:00, 5th January 2015
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Britain First: An Affront to Liberal Democratic Values

This week's by-election contest in Rochester will include Britain First: an extreme right-wing political party that, amongst other things, campaigns against Muslims in Britain. This reprehensible political party demonstrate a need for constitutionally entrenched human rights protection in the UK.

12:00, 18th November 2014
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