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Book Review: 'Trials of the State' by Lord Sumption

'Trials of the State: Law and the Decline of Politics' by Lord Sumption offers an insightful and relevant perspective on the relationship between law and politics in modern Britain.

11:00, 22nd October 2019
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To Infinity and Beyond: Legislating for the Peaceful Use of Outer Space

States and private companies are increasingly looking forward to a future in which outer space is both accessible and profitable. How has international law traditionally dealt with the final frontier, and could it be updated to deal with 21st century problems?

11:00, 15th October 2019
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Cherry v AG for Scotland, Part II: "No Justification" For Prorogation?

Following the decision of the Supreme Court in Cherry/Miller, this series considers the legal challenge to the PM's decision to prorogue Parliament. This is the second part of the series, which considers the decisions of the Inner House of the Scottish Court of Session and the UK Supreme Court.

11:00, 1st October 2019
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Cherry v AG for Scotland, Part I: Is a No-Deal Brexit Necessarily Implied?

In anticipation of the decision of the Supreme Court in Cherry/Miller, this series considers the Scottish challenge to the Prime MInister's decision to prorogue Parliament. This is the first part of the series, which considers the decision of the Outer House of Scottish Court of Session

18:00, 23rd September 2019
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The Woolcock Case: Prison for Failing to Pay Council Tax?

Council tax serves a vital function in requiring citizens to assist in funding necessary local services, such as schools and social care. However, should non-payment of council tax - a civil debt - result in imprisonment?

11:00, 4th June 2019
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A British Bill of Rights Part I: Bringing Rights Home

Part I looks at the introduction of the Human Rights Act 1998, the justifications for it, and the transformative role it has played in the protection of civil liberties. Part II will look at the future for the HRA post-Brexit.

12:00, 12th February 2019
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May's Draft Brexit Deal: A True Challenge to UK Sovereignty?

Following the referendum in June 2016, politics in the UK has been dominated by Brexit negotiations over the past two years. Finally, May has proposed a draft Brexit deal. However, regardless of political leanings, there is one aspect which is wholly unacceptable: the 'joint agreement clause'.

12:00, 27th November 2018
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Parliamentary Privilege: An Outdated Right?

The #metoo campaign briefly stagnated in the UK following the granting of a temporary injunction on the identity of a high-profile allegation of sexual misconduct. However, using 'Parliamentary privilege', Lord Hain controversially revealed the identity of the alleged abuser to be Sir Philip Green.

12:00, 13th November 2018
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The Treatment of Negligent Doctors: Reflections on the Dr Bawa-Garba Case

The case of a junior doctor stripped of her medical licence following the death of a six-year-old triggered mass outcry among medical professionals. In their view, it showed the current law's failure to appreciate how systemic issues in the NHS can lead to human error. Should the law be reformed?

11:00, 24th July 2018
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The Taxman Will See You Now, Doctor: Reforming the Tax Status of NHS Locums

Reforms to IR35 - tax legislation that aims to tackle tax avoidance - caused problems for the NHS: it had to determine whether its temporary doctors and nurses (locums) should fall under its provisions. Both solutions it has tried to implement at various points are beset by serious problems.

11:00, 1st June 2018
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Spanish Rugby in the Dock Pt II: Mitigating Ineligibility

The Spanish rugby team will miss out on qualifying for the Rugby World Cup 2019 after fielding ineligible players. An independent committee confirmed they had breached the laws of the game. However, in the second of a two part series, Ben Cisneros suggests there remains a glimmer of hope for Spain.

18:00, 20th May 2018
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Spanish Rugby in the Dock Pt I: Finding Grounds for Appeal

A Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification match between Belgium and Spain was steeped in controversy. But in a recent decision, an independent committee declined to order a replay. In the first of a two part series, Ben Cisneros looks at how English law might help Spanish Rugby challenge this ruling.

11:00, 18th May 2018
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Taming the Dragon: Keeping Welsh Law Accessible in the Devolution Age

Changes to the devolution arrangement have highlighted an increasing problem for Welsh lawyers: the inaccessibility of Welsh law. As Supreme Court justice Lord Lloyd-Jones explained in a recent speech, there are several ways to resolve this issue. His proposal is preferable, but still has flaws.

11:00, 15th May 2018
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The Public Interest Case: TfL was Correct not to Renew Uber’s Licence

In the second part of Keep Calm Talk Law's debate on TfL's decision not to renew Uber's operating licence, Joseph Mahon argues that, when viewed through a broad lens that accounts for the bigger picture, the decision was a balanced and proportionate response to the company's continued failures.

12:00, 14th November 2017
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