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Liability in War

A decision from the UK Supreme Court last year provided for the Ministry of Defence's liability in failing to adequately train and equip soldiers in instances that had been presumed to fall within the scope of 'combat immunity'. Jessica Johnson discusses the progression of state liability in war.

11:00, 4th September 2014
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Controversy behind the Scottish Referendum: Prisoners’ Voting Rights

The referendum on Scottish independence will be held on Thursday 18th September, as provided for under the Scottish Referendum (Franchise) Act 2013. However, as Ivonna Beeches discusses, the referendum has controversially reawakened the ongoing debate of the ineligibility of prisoners to vote.

11:00, 29th August 2014
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An Introduction to the Assisted Dying Bill 2014

Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill 2014 passed its second reading in the House of Lords on the 18th July 2014. Amy Ling analyses how the private members bill aims to balance the arguments for and against assisted suicide whilst focusing upon the direct needs of those it will be applicable to.

11:00, 28th August 2014
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Would it be right for the UK to leave the ECHR?

Following recent ministerial dismissals, Conservative policy demonstrating progression towards an exit from the European Convention on Human Rights and/or the European Union appears to be gathering momentum within the party. Emily Clements examines these developments and their possible consequences.

11:00, 22nd August 2014
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Is the criminal records scheme compatible with Article 8 ECHR?

The application of the government’s criminal records scheme has lately been subject to extensive litigation. Specifically, questions have been raised about whether the scheme in its entirety is compatible with Article 8 ECHR. Georgia Mitchell provides an analysis of several of these decided cases.

11:00, 20th August 2014
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Has the Law on Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders been Clarified?

The Court of Appeal recently held that there is a legal duty upon medical practitioners to involve and consult patients when placing a DNR order on their medical files; a failure to do so could breach patients' human rights. Helen Morse discusses the impact of this decision upon medical procedures.

11:00, 31st July 2014
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The Burqa Ban: a Step Backwards in the Fight for Rights

The European Court of Human Rights recently upheld the French ban on the wearing of clothing designed to conceal one's face in public. Ivonna Beeches discusses the problems of a statute which is discriminatory in fact yet is still permissible as long as its wording provides an acceptable frontage.

11:00, 23rd July 2014
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A Gilded Cage is Still a Cage

A recent decision of the UK Supreme Court has demonstrated how protection of human rights is provided to everyone regardless of any disability. Jade Rigby discusses how the the Supreme Court's decision will ensure the protection and recognition of the rights of those that require care from others.

11:00, 23rd June 2014
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Employment Law and Religious Rights - Striking a Balance

Employers can be placed in the difficult position of balancing the working needs of a business with he religious beliefs of their employers. Georgia Mitchell analyses a decision of the Court of Appeal which concerned an employee's supposed right, based on religious beliefs, not to work on Sundays.

08:26, 21st June 2014
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The Semi-Secret Terror Trial - A Leap of Faith in the Judiciary

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal provides furthers discussion on 'secret trials', and when they should be allowed. Merry Neal discusses why this particular anti-terrorism case will be heard partially behind closed doors, and the effects this has upon the rule of law.

09:18, 13th June 2014
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A Duty of Candour in Our Hospitals

There is a high level of good medical care in the United Kingdom. However, several recent incidents highlight considerable room for improvement for the prevention of future preventable mortalities. Emily Clements explores a proposed introduction of a duty of candour to strengthen medical standards.

11:00, 9th June 2014
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How Would the Prison Book Ban Fare Judicial Review?

In review of prison framework, the Ministry of Justice's "prison book ban" has great expectations of reducing illicit substances entering prisons. Francesca Norris provides several grounds upon which a judicial review of the policy could be brought to determine its illegality and proportionality.

11:00, 27th May 2014
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Is There Really a ‘Right’ to be Forgotten?

Has a decision from the European Court of Justice this week created a 'right' to be forgotten? By analysing the decision of the ECJ who held that Google should remove listings from their search engines, Chris Bridges explores whether a right to be forgotten is simply a construct of existing law.

11:00, 17th May 2014
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Insanity and Automatism: The Dysfunctional Defences

While there have been improvements to the law of insanity in recent decades, there is still a long way to go until the defences of insanity and automatism are satisfactory. Extensive reform has widespread support, however, to-date, Parliament has appeared reluctant to pursue full reform.

11:08, 29th April 2014
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