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The life of Tony Blair is beset with calls for him to face charges for 'war crimes' at the ICC in The Hague. However, such demands are flawed: they advocate prosecuting Blair for the wrong offence. Instead, the Crime of Aggression is more appropriate - despite uncertainties surrounding its scope.12:00, 24th March 2017
The theory of restorative justice has developed thanks to dissatisfaction with the current criminal justice paradigm. Advocating the involvement of stakeholders in the decision-making process, it seeks to put a human face on the handling of crime: but how feasible would its introduction be?
In late 2016, the case of Paul Briggs tested the law on the withdrawal of treatment for those in a Minimally Conscious State. With courts invariably receptive to applications on behalf of patients in Persistent Vegetative States, can greater judicial reluctance to cases like Briggs' be justified?
The UK's prisons are under strain. Overcrowding, underfunding and ageing facilities are leaving the system stretched to breaking point. Some see privatisation as the solution, but how can this be the valid way forward when politicians simply do not have the mindset to approach the issue properly?
The Home Office has announced that the Asian-born perpetrators convicted of child sex exploitation in Rotherham will be stripped of their UK citizenship and deported at the end of their sentences. To what extent does the Home Secretary have such powers, and should they be used in this way?
International trade providers a prime opportunity for criminals to launder illicit funds, and until recently, it has gone nearly entirely unnoticed. However, there is still a need for an effective regulatory framework to detect money laundering through trade. What could the FATF learn from the US?
Deferred Prosecution Agreements allow prosecutors to suspend proceedings against a company charged with criminal offences of an economic nature, subject to conditions such as co-operation, fines and reparations. These have been used just twice in the UK; to what extent should they be used more?
Gift-giving is an integral part of human socialisation, but in some LGBT+ subcultures there is a more insidious form of ‘gifting’ taking place. ‘Bugchasing’ is the act of intentionally becoming infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Could buchasing be a criminal offence under current law?
Capital punishment is rarely out of the spotlight due to persistent questions over the humaneness of the methods employed. Though the recent US Supreme Court case of Glossip v Gross appears to confirm lethal injection as the most humane method, the reasoning of the majority lacks legitimacy.
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