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Square Pegs and Round Holes: Is Trade Mark Law Out of Shape?

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 the London Taxi 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

Harkins v UK: Highlighting the Importance for Discourse on Extradition

A mammoth legal battle concerning the USA's attempts to extradite alleged murderer Philip Harkins came to an end last year, when the European Court of Human Rights rejected Harkins' final attempt to remain in the UK. The saga highlights how human rights and extradition have the potential to clash.

12:00, 9th January 2018

Inked: Should Doctors Honour a Patient's DNR Tattoo?

The case of an unidentified patient in a Miami hospital has sparked debate upon medical lawyers and practitioners about how doctors should treat 'Do Not Resuscitate' tattoos. In the USA, the doctors showed a willingness to honour the tattoo; would and should English doctors follow suit?

12:00, 5th January 2018

The Biggest Challenges Facing the Legal Profession in 2018

Showing an understanding of the challenges facing the legal profession is vital for demonstrating commercial awareness to recruiters. Thus, it is important to examine how issues like Brexit, cyber security, fixed costs and online courts could cause problems for lawyers in the coming year.

12:00, 2nd January 2018

A Question of Recognition: A Potential Avenue for Catalonian Independence?

The debate on whether Catalonia may be able to secure independence has largely focused on the right to self-determination. However, another potential avenue to independence is worth exploring: whether Catalonia might be able to gain statehood following recognition from other states across the world.

12:00, 29th December 2017

Pointless or Going for Gold? Giving Copyright Protection to TV Show Formats

While scripted TV shows have long been protected by copyright law, the legal position of programmes that rely on spontaneity, like quiz shows or reality television, has been heavily contested. However, a recent High Court case has finally provided guidance as to when protection may be available.

12:00, 19th December 2017

A Stark Warning: Greece, Goldman Sachs and the ‘Swaps Deal’

The infamous currency swaps between Greece and Goldman Sachs, used to ensure the country could join the Eurozone, shows how the problems that can arise without sufficient regulation of an expanded derivatives market. Hopefully, the fallout from the deals will spark some much-needed regulation.

12:00, 15th December 2017

A Study of Damaging Discourse: Regulating Female Genital Cutting

A polarised discourse on the subject of Female Genital Cutting that has tended to focus upon the writers themselves rather than their arguments has impacted upon the development of effective and coherent regulation of the practice. This leaves contradictions in the law that need to be resolved.

12:00, 12th December 2017

Tall Tales: Is it High Time to allow Height Discrimination Claims?

At present, English and EU law can only provide indirectly protect claimants who have been subjected to discrimination on the grounds of their height. But this leaves open the chance of a lacuna in the law arising, as the fact pattern of a case decided by the European Court of Justice illustrates.

12:00, 8th December 2017

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