50 Human Rights Cases You Need to Know – OUP Law

Posted May 29th, 2015 in human rights, international law, news by sally

‘Explore our map of 50 landmark human rights cases, each with a brief description and a link to a free article or report on the case. The cases were chosen in conjunction with the editors of the Oxford Reports on International Law. These choices were intended to showcase the variety of international, regional, and national mechanisms and fora for adjudicating human rights claims, and the range of rights that have been recognized. The following map provides a quick tour to these cases, highlighting trends and themes, some positive, some negative.’

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OUP Law, May 2015

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Blacklisted workers seek to prise open secrets of covert police surveillance – The Guardian

‘Blacklisted workers have intensified their campaign to uncover the extent of secret police surveillance operations against them.’

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The Guardian, 28th May 2015

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EVENT: IALS – Law and the Ageing of Humankind (W G Hart Legal Workshop 2015)

Posted May 29th, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The WG Hart Workshop 2015 on “Law and the Ageing of Humankind” brings scholars and practitioners together to explore legal responses to the challenges arising from the ‘greying’ of the population and the demands of inter-generational equity. It will ask whether we need a new category of ‘Elder Law’, and perhaps an older persons’ rights convention. Papers will examine developments in domestic laws in various countries (including China, Israel and Germany), developments at European level, internationally and in human rights law. The programme is grouped around themes concerning the human rights of older persons; the recognition of relational issues (such as the protection of friendships and grand-parenting roles); rights to, and within, institutional care (including the role of the Care Standards Tribunal); vulnerability; age discrimination; property, inheritance and taxation issues; and medical decision-making at the end of life.’

Date: 22nd-23rd June 2015

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Charge: See website for details

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Devolution at the heart of UK government’s first legislative programme, expert says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 29th, 2015 in bills, devolution, local government, news by sally

‘The UK’s new Conservative government will “set in motion the biggest transfer of power from Westminster and Whitehall in history”, an expert has said, after it committed to regional devolution in England and more powers for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th May 2015

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Indemnity costs in immigration judicial reviews – Free Movement

Posted May 29th, 2015 in costs, immigration, indemnities, judicial review, news by sally

‘The substantive matter in the case of R (on the application of Kaienga) v Secretary of State for the Home Department IJR [2015] UKUT 272 (IAC) was agreed by way of a consent order; however costs had not been agreed between the parties in advance of the hearing. An application was made by the applicant for costs on an indemnity basis as a result of the Home Office’s conduct. UTJ Kopiecek awarded the applicant their costs, but refused to do so on an indemnity basis reiterating that such an order is not designed for punitive purposes.’

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Free Movement, 29th May 2015

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Drivers to be prosecuted for taking photos of lorry crash on mobile phones – The Independent

‘More than a dozen drivers will be prosecuted for taking photos of a lorry crash in Cambridgeshire, say police.’
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The Independent, 29th May 2015

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Sun reporter Anthony France sentenced over misconduct – BBC News

‘A Sun reporter has been given an 18-month suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of receiving tip-offs from an anti-terrorism officer.’

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BBC News, 29th May 2015

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You don’t have to have a one-track mind to study law – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2015 in legal education, news, universities by sally

‘Opting for a joint honours law degree can make you view the subject in a whole new light.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2015

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Woman left housebound after having legs amputated receives compensation following blunder that led to benefit money being withheld – The Independent

Posted May 29th, 2015 in benefits, budgets, compensation, delay, disabled persons, local government, news by sally

‘A woman who was left housebound following the amputation of both legs has received £27,000 in compensation after watchdogs found financial support was withheld due to an administrative battle between a council and the NHS.’

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The Independent, 28th May 2015

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Laughing gas sales to be outlawed in government’s legal highs clampdown – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2015 in bills, drug abuse, drug offences, news by sally

‘The sale of laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, the second most popular recreational drug in Britain, is to be banned in the government’s clampdown on legal highs, Home Office ministers have announced.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2015

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European Court of Human Rights: Lawyers do not have same freedom to speak out as journalists – Legal Futures

Posted May 29th, 2015 in defamation, freedom of expression, human rights, legal profession, news by sally

‘Lawyers do not have the same rights to speak out on sensitive and high-profile cases as journalists, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 29th May 2015

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Relatives of dementia sufferers who die in care homes having to wait months to bury loved ones thanks to new Government rules – The Independent

‘Relatives of dementia sufferers who pass away in care homes are being forced to wait months to bury loved ones because of new rules.’

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The Independent, 28th May 2015

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Swansea golf club ram-raid burglar Paul Newcombe jailed – BBC News

‘A burglar who used a car to smash his way into a golf club before leading police on a “dangerous” car chase has been jailed for two years.’

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BBC News, 28th May 2015

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Keir Starmer defends Human Rights Act in maiden Commons speech – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2015 in human rights, news, parliament, speeches by sally

‘The “put upon and the bullied” in society will suffer if the Tories press ahead with their manifesto pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act, former director of public prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer has said.’

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The Guardian, 28th May 2015

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Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories review – from Lady Chatterley to Christine Keeler and the Great Train Robbery – The Guardian

Posted May 28th, 2015 in barristers, news by sally

‘Police perjury, political manipulation and judicial failings … Thomas Grant’s pungent, amusing study details the heroic achievements of a supreme criminal barrister.’

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The Guardian, 27th May 2015

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The UNCRC in the Supreme Court – the impact of SG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Family Law Week

Posted May 28th, 2015 in appeals, children, human rights, news, Supreme Court, treaties, United Nations by sally

‘Deirdre Fotttrell QC of 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers considers the Supreme Court’s latest deliberations on when and how the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are directly enforceable in English law.’
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Family Law Week, 21st May 2015

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Decision to switch from legal aid to CFA on eve of LASPO ruled reasonable – Litigation Futures

Posted May 28th, 2015 in fees, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

‘A claimant who switched from legal aid funding to a conditional fee agreement (CFA) on the eve of the introduction of the Jackson reforms acted reasonably, a costs judge has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th May 2015

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UK competition authority gains power to make recommendations on how proposed laws would affect competition – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 28th, 2015 in competition, legislation, news by sally

‘The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) now has the power to make written recommendations to UK government ministers on how legislative plans before the UK parliament could impact on competition in UK markets.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th May 2015

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High Court rules faith school transport scheme unlawful – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 28th, 2015 in education, news, race discrimination, transport, Wales by sally

The High Court has struck down a council’s school transport policy following complaints from parents at six faith schools that the City and County of Swansea’s new scheme was discriminatory.

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th May 2015

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Ban on legal highs would technically cover alcohol, cigarettes and coffee – The Guardian

Posted May 28th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, bills, drug offences, news, smoking by sally

‘A new blanket ban on legal highs is to be so widely drawn that its provisions could be used to outlaw alcohol, tobacco, coffee and many other widely-used items, ministers have acknowledged.’

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The Guardian, 27th May 2015

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