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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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The Right Call? Defining "Use of a Phone" While Driving

The High Court recently handed down a judgment on what constitutes "using" a mobile phone while driving. The effect of the case is clear, but the judgment itself is not so clear in its reasoning, and may create unnecessary difficulties for prosecutors in motoring cases.

11:00, 17th September 2019
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Pimlico Plumbers v Smith: Clearing a Blockage in the Employment Law Pipe?

The Supreme Court's recent judgment in Pimlico Plumbers v Smith [2018] highlighted the difficulties facing employment law that have arisen following dramatic changes in the employment market, but disappointed many employment lawyers through its refusal to be more intrusive in making change.

11:00, 27th July 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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NT1 & NT2 v Google Pt II: Hiding Criminal Convictions

Expanding on the first article on NT1 & NT2 v Google [2018], consideration is given to the significant Google Spain [2014] decision, over which a fundamental balancing exercise was undertaken by Warby J.

11:00, 12th June 2018
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NT1 & NT2 v Google Pt I: The Right to be Forgotten

The right to be forgotten received considerable attention following the ECJ's judgment in Google Spain [2014]. Warby J recently expanded the legal mechanism in NT1 & NT2 v Google [2018] when assessing whether it permits the hiding of information about the past criminal convictions of data subjects.

11:00, 8th June 2018
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Enhancing Privacy and Data Protection: The GDPR and the Road Ahead

The previous legislation responsible for governing data protection had problems. It is therefore welcome that the GDPR enhances the protection over individuals’ privacy rights: it is a significant step in the right direction, filling in gaps previously left to the courts to cover.

11:00, 5th June 2018
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An Introduction to the GDPR and its Impact on Competition Law

The General Data Protection Regulation introduces a new regime that seeks to modernise data protection law by imposing new obligations upon organisations. It seems likely to have positive impact on competition law, so long as clear lines can be drawn delineating when each body of law applies.

11:00, 25th May 2018
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Offensive Jokes Becoming Criminal? Count Dankula's Conviction

The recent conviction of Mark Meechan, otherwise known as Count Dankula, for uploading a controversial video on YouTube sets a worrying precedent for freedom of expression. Of most concern is the fact that context is given only a secondary role when considering whether a joke is grossly offensive.

11:00, 20th April 2018
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A Digital Future: The New Electronic Communications Code's Impact on Landowners

The government is aiming to enhance the UK's digital capacity. As part of this, it has introduced new rules that regulate interactions between landowners and telecommunications operators. These rules are more favourable to operators, which might actually undermine the success of government's plans.

11:00, 17th April 2018
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Tainted Medicine: Pharmaceutical Patents in the Developing World

The need to ensure that medicine is universally accessible conflicts with the need to encourage companies to invest in developing new drugs. Particularly in the developing world, patent law has struck an uneven balance that has left populations priced out and vulnerable. How can this be resolved?

12:00, 2nd March 2018
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Are Loot Boxes in Video Games Gambling?

Many video games offer players the chance to purchase 'loot boxes' that aid their progress in the game by rewarding the player with random in-game items. Questions can be raised about the extent to which this can, and should, be considered as falling under the legal definition of gambling.

12:00, 20th February 2018
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Competition Law in the Computer Age: Examining Microsoft v Commission

The characteristics of the IT market have created a myriad of new challenges for global competition authorities. They have had to adapt and strain the tools in their legal arsenal to ensure justice is done; as is evident from the long-standing battle between the European Commission and Microsoft.

12:00, 19th January 2018
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Problems with Trade Marks for Shapes

At present, the law applies strict limits to when a particular shape can be registered as a trade mark. Recently, this has denied protection to the shape of London Taxis and Nespresso coffee capsules. This appears to disregard the important role played by a product's aesthetic for many companies.

12:00, 16th January 2018
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