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Lord Lester QC's book, published in April 2016, outlined the importance of fighting for five key ideals. Almost one year and a Brexit vote later, the protection that these principles are afforded is under threat, and the nature and content of the battle for them has changed.12:00, 21st 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 impact of the Hillsborough is still being felt right across society and across the law. Indeed, the fallout of the disaster saw the creation of a precedent applied to negligence claims for psychiatric harm. Though of the highest authority, is it time for that decision to be rethought?
Our privacy is under threat. The fight against terrorism and the emergence of social media have meant it is increasingly hard to protect information about our personal lives. And, to compound matters, the current remedies for the infringements of privacy rights we do have are simply not sufficient.
The use of strongwear in care facilities can help support patients desist from engaging in self-harm. NICE, the agency that promotes clinical excellence in the UK, has already published guidance on strongwear's use. However, a recent case in Nottingham shows the need for something more specific.
Statistics document a decline in homosexual couples formalising their relationships in Civil Partnerships since the legislation of gay marriage in the UK. While some argue in favour of an extension to heterosexual couples, the law should recognise that it is time for a divorce from the concept.
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?
A case from late 2016 tested the law on discrimination in a novel way, by asking whether the segregation of pupils was a violation of the Equality Act 2010. Indeed, the decision sheds light on the important role that society's new ideas about discrimination might have in the future.
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