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The Gay Cake Case: Lee v Ashers Baking Company

For the past four years, fierce debate has surrounded whether a Christian couple could legally refuse to serve a cake adorned with the message 'Support Gay Marriage'. The Supreme Court recently considered whether this was lawful freedom of expression or bigoted discrimination.

12:00, 23rd October 2018
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The Fight for LGBT Rights in the Commonwealth Pt I: Tracing Historical Origins

One of the major legal legacies of the British Empire is the criminalisation of homosexuality, which still exists across most Commonwealth states. In the first of a two-part series, Alasdair Maher tracks the historical origins of anti-LGBT laws and how this has influenced their continued existence.

12:00, 22nd June 2018
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Exploring the Christian Marginalisation Narrative beyond the Workplace

A previous KCTL article examined how legal decisions in employment law have been used to argue that there exists a narrative of Christian marginalisation. Though that article dismissed those arguments, lawyers must not be overlook the sociological and political forces that also contribute.

12:00, 24th April 2018
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In Defence of Regional Human Rights Bodies

Alongside international documents that set out universal human rights, there exists in several parts of the world regional systems for promoting and protecting human rights. Though these systems have been criticised, they are valuable tools for developing the law that must be celebrated.

12:00, 30th March 2018
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A Christian Marginalisation Narrative? Religious Symbols in the Workplace

Several decisions concerning attempts by Christian employees to manifest their religion at work have prompted concerns of a 'Christian marginalisation narrative' in discrimination law. However, such concerns are unfounded: they stem from attaching undue significance to isolated cases.

12:00, 23rd March 2018
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Fiscal Privileges for Charitable Trusts: Altruism or Exploitation?

A trust that is considered to be for a charitable purpose is given certain fiscal privileges, but it is debated by legal academics and philosophers alike whether these provisions are necessary to encourage the creation of such trusts or unjustifiably risk potential exploitation.

12:00, 26th June 2017
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For Whom the Bells Toll: The End of Civil Partnerships?

Statistics document a decline in homosexual couples formalising their relationships in Civil Partnerships since the legislation of gay marriage in the UK. While some argue in favour of an extension to heterosexual couples, the law should recognise that it is time for a divorce from the concept.

12:00, 27th January 2017
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X v Ofsted: Testing the Law on Gender Discrimination in Schools

A case from late 2016 tested the law on discrimination in a novel way, by asking whether the segregation of pupils was a violation of the Equality Act 2010. Indeed, the decision sheds light on the important role that society's new ideas about discrimination might have in the future.

12:00, 17th January 2017
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Sunday Trading: Is there a need for a modern day Sabbath?

Chancellor George Osborne has proposed relaxation of the rules governing Sunday trading. Whilst specifics are still on the table, what are the arguments for Sunday trading, and do the alleged economic benefits outweigh any social factors? Further, should a Christian day be given preference?

12:33, 21st August 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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The Apparent Inadequacy of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Law

Last week's 'Girl Summit 2014' saw a gathering of world leaders and international campaigners to discuss solutions to preventing FGM. In light of this, Jessica Johnson presents analysis of the UK's old and new laws that aim to prevent FGM to demonstrate the progress made in eradicating the practice.

12:00, 1st August 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.

12:00, 23rd July 2014
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Forcing Through the Criminalisation of Forced Marriages?

The high prevalence of instances of forced marriages in the United Kingdom have brought around the criminal sanctions that will be imposed upon those found guilty of forcing someone into marriage. Emily Clements discusses whether criminalisation is the best means of tackling this growing problem.

12:00, 21st July 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.

09:26, 21st June 2014
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