New Judgment: Bloomberg LP v ZXC [2022] UKSC 5 – UKSC Blog

‘The Respondent is a US citizen. He and his employer were the subject of a criminal investigation by a UK Legal Enforcement Body. During that investigation, the UKLEB sent a confidential Letter of Request to the authorities of a foreign state seeking, among other things, information and documents relating to the Respondent. The Letter expressly requested that its existence and contents remain confidential.’

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UKSC Blog, 16th February 2022

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“Hysterical woman” barrister to argue free speech in reprimand appeal – Legal Futures

‘The barrister reprimanded for describing his opponent’s instructing lawyer as a “hysterical woman” says he is being “persecuted for expressing inconvenient truths” ‘

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Legal Futures, 14th February 2022

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Supreme Court dismisses protestors’ appeal over PKK flag conviction – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Pwr v Director of Public Prosecutions [2022] UKSC 2. On 26 January 2022 the Supreme Court ruled that s.13(1) Terrorism Act 2000 (“TA 2000 “) is a strict liability offence and that, whilst it does interfere with Art.10 ECHR (freedom of expression), the interference is lawful, necessary and proportionate.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd February 2022

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Would Removing Social Media Anonymity Protect Or Threaten Our Rights? – Each Other

‘As online abuse and disinformation become more commonplace, the debate over whether anonymity on social media protects people from harm or restricts their rights is heating up.’

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Each Other, 3rd February 2022

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Is “Perception-Based Recording” for hate crime compatible with freedom of speech? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In R (Harry Miller) v The College of Policing [2021] EWCA Civ 1926, the Court of Appeal ruled that current police guidance on the recording of ‘hate incidents’ unlawfully interferes with the right to freedom of expression. The decision overturns a 2020 ruling by the High Court in which Mr Miller’s challenge to the lawfulness of the Hate Crime Operational Guidance was dismissed (discussed previously on this Blog here).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th January 2022

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Court of Protection case review – Local Government Lawyer

‘Lauren Gardner reports on some significant recent judgments in the Court of Protection.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th January 2022

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Reforms to protect disabled and LGBT+ victims, criminalise extremist misogynist ‘incel’ hate material, and safeguard free speech – Family Law

‘The Law Commission has announced recommendations to reform hate crime legislation to ensure that disabled and LGBT+ victims receive the same protections as victims with other protected characteristics (race and religion). If enacted, the reforms would ensure all five characteristics are protected equally by the law.’

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Family Law, 27th January 2022

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Activist deceived into relationship with Met officer wins £229,000 compensation – The Guardian

‘An environmental activist who was deceived into a two-year intimate relationship by an undercover police officer has been awarded £229,000 in compensation after winning a landmark legal case.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2022

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Julian Assange wins first stage of attempt to appeal against extradition – The Guardian

Posted January 26th, 2022 in appeals, extradition, freedom of expression, news, spying, Supreme Court by sally

‘The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be able to go to the supreme court in the UK to challenge a decision allowing him to be extradited to the US to face espionage charges.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2022

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High court to hear claims Sarah Everard vigil ban breached human rights – The Guardian

‘Women’s rights activists are at the high court to argue that the police’s decision to ban a vigil for Sarah Everard in London was a breach of their human rights.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2022

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Gay marriage-cake case declared inadmissible by Strasbourg Court – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Lee v. the United Kingdom (application no. 18860/19). The European Court of Human Rights has, by a majority, declared the application inadmissible. The decision is final.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th January 2022

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‘Gay cake’ row: man loses seven-year battle against Belfast bakery – The Guardian

‘ECHR says Gareth Lee’s case against bakery that refused to make cake with ‘support gay marriage’ message is inadmissible.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2022

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Colston Four acquittal raises doubts about 10-year jail term proposal – The Guardian

‘The acquittal of the Colston Four raises questions about new laws imposing 10-year jail terms for the toppling of statues, legal experts have said.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2022

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Harry Miller: Legal victory after alleged transphobic tweets – BBC News

‘An ex-police officer has won a legal challenge against a national policy for forces to record gender-critical views as non-crime “hate incidents”.’

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BBC News, 20th December 2021

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Bristol ‘Kill the Bill’ rioter jailed for 14 years – The Independent

‘A protester who set fire to police vehicles during a riot that followed a “Kill the Bill” demonstration in Bristol has been jailed for 14 years.’

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The Independent, 17th December 2021

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Raab to claim overhaul of human rights law will counter ‘political correctness’ – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2021 in bills, deportation, freedom of expression, human rights, news by tracey

‘Dominic Raab is to outline a sweeping overhaul of human rights law that he claims will counter “wokery and political correctness” and expedite the deportation of foreign criminals.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2021

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Unorthodox Covid Views and Medical Regulation – Richard Smith – UK Human Rights Blog

‘White v General Medical Council [2021] EWHC 3286 (Admin) (03 December 2021). A case in which the High Court reminds the regulator of requirements for imposing curbs on free speech.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th December 2021

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Julian Assange can be extradited to US to face espionage charges, court rules – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2021 in disclosure, extradition, freedom of expression, news, spying by michael

‘Julian Assange can be extradited to the US, the high court has ruled as it overturned a judgment earlier this year.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2021

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Online Safety Bill : What to expect – BBC News

‘A report from a joint committee of MPs and Lords recommending what should be included in the Online Safety Bill is due in the next few days.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2021

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Boris Johnson ‘planning reforms which would let ministers overrule judicial decisions’ – The Independent

‘Reported move triggers backlash from lawyers, with one senior QC quoted as saying the prime minister is seeking a “more compliant judiciary”‘.

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The Independent, 6th December 2021

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