UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley Point – The Guardian

‘A United Nations committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset because of the government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017

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MPs urge government to preserve access to European legal services market – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 10th, 2017 in international relations, legal services, markets, news, select committees by sally

‘Preserving access to the single market in legal services is among the reasons why the government urgently needs to set out a vision for trade with the EU following Brexit, MPs say today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th March 2017

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Top lawyers warn of human rights crisis after Brexit – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in brexit, EC law, human rights, international relations, news by sally

‘Leading lawyers and legal experts are warning that Brexit could trigger a human rights crisis in the UK that threatens to have a ‘domino effect’ across Europe.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2017

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The government’s Brexit white paper: a missed opportunity – The Constitution Unit

‘On 2 February the government published its white paper on Brexit, which was intended to provide further detail regarding the overall aims the government would be pursuing once Article 50 has been triggered. Nick Wright assesses this document, concluding that whilst it does expand on some of Theresa May’s key pledges set out in the Lancaster House speech in several areas it remains unclear exactly what the government is seeking. One example of this is the idea of a UK-EU strategic partnership, which is proposed in the white paper but not expanded on. Overall, it is hard not to see the white paper as a missed opportunity.’

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The Constitution Unit, 20th February 2017

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The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union White Paper – Official Publications

Posted February 8th, 2017 in EC law, international relations, parliamentary papers, referendums, treaties by tracey

‘This White Paper provides Parliament and the country with a clear vision of what we are seeking to achieve in negotiating our exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union.’

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Official Publications, 2nd February 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications

Date set for court challenge to ban British arms sales to Saudi Arabia – The Independent

Posted October 28th, 2016 in international relations, news, Saudi Arabia, war crimes, weapons by sally

‘A date has been set for a High Court court challenge that could halt British arms sales to Saudi Arabia – amid mounting accusations the country is committing war crimes’

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The Independent, 28th October 2016

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The breaking down of the European Convention on Human Rights, and the UK’s responsibility – George Stafford – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 5th, 2016 in brexit, EC law, human rights, international relations, news, referendums by tracey

‘Numerous members of the new Government have stated that they want a greater role in the world for a post-Brexit UK, rather than a diminished one. If the Government is to be diplomatically resurgent, what sort of challenges might it wish to confront?.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd August 2016

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Brexit: the fallout – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 29th, 2016 in brexit, EC law, international relations, news, referendums by sally

‘An ironic Gallic shrug to the question on all our lips: OK so what now? The referendum debate is just getting under way. It may seem a little late but the chanteuse has yet to enter the stage to sing the final aria so nothing is concluded. Real politick has yet to stamp its mark on the concept of exiting the EU. In the meantime the Gods are laughing at the mayhem caused within the establishment by the vote.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 28th June 2016

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Secret court hearing to rule on Foreign Office’s evaluation of human rights – The Guardian

‘A three-year battle by the Foreign Office (FCO) to keep secret how diplomatic issues colour its human rights decisions reached its climax on Thursday, in a court case that was itself largely held in secret at the insistence of the security services.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2016

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The Koh-i-Noor diamond affair shows ‘returning’ relics is never simple – The Guardian

Posted November 12th, 2015 in artistic works, international relations, news, theft by sally

‘No one wants to open the floodgates by establishing a principle that everything plundered must be repatriated. But one court case could do just that.’

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The Guardian, 11th November 2015

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Limits of judicial review in international relations underlined – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 5th, 2015 in human rights, international relations, judicial review, news, Sudan by sally

‘How far are the courts willing to go to intervene in matters of foreign affairs in order to protect human rights? Spoiler: they’re not.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd October 2015

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David Cameron rules out slavery reparation during Jamaica visit – BBC News

‘David Cameron has ruled out making reparations for Britain’s role in the historic slave trade and urged Caribbean countries to “move on”.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2015

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UK sets up international anti-corruption agency – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 14th, 2015 in corruption, international relations, national crime agency, news by tracey

‘A new anti-corruption unit is being set up in the UK, under the direction of the National Crime Agency.’

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OUT-LAW.com., 13th August 2015

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Britain to pass new law to protect Middle Eastern artefacts from Isil – Daily Telegraph

‘ Britain will pass a new law to commit Britain to protecting cultural artefacts during armed conflicts in the wake of the destruction wrought by the so-called Islamic State on ancient ruins in Iraq and Syria. John Whittingdale, the Culture secretary, said the destruction was a “shocking threat to the world’s heritage and an affront to our common human values”.

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Daily Telegraph, 21st June 2015

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Lithuanian MPs petition Lords Speaker over child custody case – The Guardian

‘A delegation of Lithuanian MPs has written to the House of Lords complaining about the removal of a 12-year-old girl from her mother, alleging that she is being deprived of her cultural inheritance. The letter, sent to the Speaker of the House of Lords, Lady D’Souza, is the second high-profile intervention by a Baltic state in UK care proceedings this year and reflects a growing rift between EU states over practices in custody proceedings.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2015

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Judicial College to train foreign judges – for a fee – Litigation Futures

‘The Judicial College, which trains UK judges, has said that it intends to “introduce a charging scheme for the delivery of international training”.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd February 2015

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Government may weigh rights against national security without courts’ interference – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (on the application of Lord Carlile of Berriew QC and others) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 60. The exclusion of a dissident Iranian from the UK, on grounds that her presence would have a damaging impact on our interests in relation to Iran, has been upheld by the Supreme Court.’

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Uk Human Rights Blog, 12th November 2014

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Government on Trial – BBC Law in Action

‘The Appeal Court has allowed a Libyan man to proceed with legal action against the British government, despite the government’s claim that the case could damage relations with the United States. Joshua Rozenberg discusses the implications.’


BBC Law in Action, 4th November 2014

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Veto of human rights rulings will damage Britain’s stance on Iraq, Dominc Grieve warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 13th, 2014 in elections, human rights, international relations, news, prisons, veto by sally

‘Dominic Grieve warns that a veto on European Court of Human Rights rulings would be a ‘disaster’ and would would place Britain in ‘great difficulty in terms of our international standing on human rights’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th August 2014

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What is the future for UK human rights? – Garden Court Chambers Blog

Posted August 6th, 2014 in constitutional law, human rights, international relations, news by sally

‘Human Rights analysis: What does the future hold for human rights in the UK? Stephanie Harrison QC at Garden Court Chambers warns repealing the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998) would be a seriously retrograde step, that would reverberate around the world.’

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Garden Court Chambers Blog, 6th August 2014

Source: www.gclaw.wordpress.com