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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?

19:00, 5th August 2018

The Abortion Act 1967: Out of Date and Out of Time?

The Abortion Act 1967 was, when first adopted, a pioneering piece of legislation. However, in light of medical and societal developments, it has become increasingly anachronistic. Lessons should be taken from Victoria in Australia to ensure the law places power with women, where it should be.

12:00, 31st July 2018

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.

12:00, 17th July 2018

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.

12:00, 10th July 2018

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

‘Sex for Rent’ Arrangements: Why They Exist and How to Tackle Them

There has been a rise in so-called 'sex for rent' arrangements, whereby landlords offer discounted or free accommodation in return for sexual favours. Some worry that the law cannot tackle this problem. These are misplaced; the required provisions do already exist, but lack effective enforcement.

12:00, 22nd May 2018

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.

12:00, 15th May 2018

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.

12:00, 8th May 2018

The Belfast Trial: What Relying on Rape Myths Means for Justice

A defence barrister in the Belfast Trial sought to harness a rape myth in order to discredit the complainant. It is regrettable that rape myths are commonly used in this way, and even more regrettable that they are often effective in securing acquittals. The law should intervene to prevent this.

12:00, 1st May 2018

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