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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.

12:00, 20th April 2018

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.

00:37, 2nd April 2018

Affray Outside Off-Stump: Explaining Ben Stokes’ Charges

England cricketer Ben Stokes was charged earlier this week with the offence of affray following an incident that occurred outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017. This article explains what exactly he is being charged with, what the prosecution must prove and what defences might be used.

12:00, 16th March 2018

Upskirting: Failure of the Law to Protect Women's Rights

There are many ways the law is failing women. A shocking example is the lack of a specific offence for upskirting. However, the #stopskirtingtheissue campaign has led to a private member's bill being considered by Parliament, giving hope that this will soon change.

12:00, 9th March 2018

Noel Conway's Case: New Developments in the Right to Die Debate

The debate on suicide has refused to go away. Several challenges to current legislation have been heard by the courts in recent years, each unsuccessfully attacking the law from a new angle. In keeping with this, Noel Conway's case represents the latest chapter in this long-running story.

12:00, 27th February 2018

Innocent Fun or Underage Gambling? Loot Boxes in Video Games

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

A Recipe for Disaster? Gross Negligence Manslaughter in R v Zaman

After a customer with known allergies died because of the presence of peanuts in his meal, a takeaway owner was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter. This is a rarely used offence, which can be criticised in a number of respects. However, arguably, it is one that is necessary in practice.

12:00, 16th February 2018

Love v United States of America: A Victory for Justice?

The High Court's decision to block the extradition of Lauri Love - an alleged computer hacker - to the USA has attracted significant media coverage: many have treated it as a referendum on a number of causes. Yet, in actual fact, the decision is far narrower than such coverage has made out.

19:00, 11th February 2018

Has the Criminalisation of Emotional Domestic Abuse Been Successful?

While the law has long sought to tackle the physical aspects of domestic violence, the emotional elements have only recently been subject to criminalisation. Regrettably, attempts to realise and translate the new protective mechanisms into meaningful avenues of redress for victims have struggled.

12:00, 6th February 2018

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