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The Shamima Begum Case: A Just Decision?

It is hard to empathise with Shamima Begum, the 19-year old girl that wishes to return to the UK after fleeing to join ISIS four years ago. However, the UK Government's reaction represents an unacceptable knee-jerk decision that can have dangerous consequences down the line.

11:00, 30th April 2019
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'In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law': An Interview with Sarah Langford

'In Your Defence' follows the the stories of eleven individuals, the details drawn from multiple real-life cases. In conversation with Keep Calm Talk Law, barrister and author Sarah Langford discusses life at the bar for women, motivations for writing and the crumbling criminal justice system.

12:00, 5th March 2019
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The Refugee Crisis and Human Rights: Where Are We Now?

The Dublin Regulation determines member state responsibility for asylum applications. Its aim was efficiency but it has faced various human rights challenges. Reform can achieve both efficiency and human rights compatibility by re-distributing the burden of applications more fairly

12:00, 30th November 2018
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The EU v Hungary: The Failures of Article 7 of the TEU

The European Parliament recently voted to initiate the Article 7 procedure against Hungary and Viktor Orban's controversial far-right government. However, the highly political nature of Article 7 of the TEU means Hungary will likely be allowed to continue on the same path. A change is necessary.

12:00, 30th October 2018
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The Matrix Has You: Stop and Search in the Age of ‘Intelligence Policing’

The Gang Matrix is an online database used by the police to document and track gang members. However, recent reports from StopWatch and Amnesty International raise concerns about the database's legitimacy. This has a number of implications, in particular for racial targeting and individual privacy

11:00, 26th October 2018
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Tommy Robinson's Conviction and Appeal: Considering Contempt of Court

The recent Tommy Robinson saga - which saw his conviction, imprisonment and (temporary) release all occur in a matter of weeks - captured global media attention. The elusive legal concept of contempt of court underpinned the whole story. How exactly does it work?

18:00, 5th August 2018
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Communications Data: A Critical Investigative Tool or a Charter to Snoop?

When granting law enforcement authorities access to communications data, the law must strike a balance between the interests of public protection and the individual right to privacy. The UK's current law in this area appears to be failing in this respect; more must be done to correct the imbalance.

11:00, 17th July 2018
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Rethinking Foetal Personhood after the Refusal of Medical Treatment

Debates over foetal personhood are often fought in the context of abortion. However, the debate also arises where a mother refuses an emergency C-section. At present, the law here is unsatisfactory; a reform introducing a “best interests” test and extending the principle of necessity is needed.

11:00, 10th July 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.

11:00, 22nd June 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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Consenting to Serious Violence in R v BM: An Update to R v Brown?

The infamous case of R v Brown [1994] set down the rule that a person cannot generally consent to serious harm. Though controversial, this appears settled law. However, it was law that was tested in a recent case before the Court of Appeal involving a body modification artist... and a snake tongue.

11:00, 8th May 2018
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#MeToo, #IBelieveHer and the Belfast Trial: Drawing Distinctions

There are important limitations to a finding of legal guilt in rape and sexual assault cases. This was made clear by the controversial decision in the Belfast Trial. Movements like #MeToo and #IBelieveHer must be careful to distinguish legal guilt from morally and socially unacceptable conduct.

11:00, 27th April 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.

11:00, 24th April 2018
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Book Review: 'Stories of the Law and How It's Broken' by the Secret Barrister

'Stories of the Law and How It's Broken', written by anonymous barrister 'The Secret Barrister', takes a sobering look at the realities of the crumbling English and Welsh criminal legal system. A definite must-read, it is hoped the book's success will help save a system on the brink of collapse.

23:37, 1st April 2018
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