Law lords say sharia is ‘arbitrary and discriminatory’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 22nd, 2008 in islamic law, news by sally

“Britain’s highest court allows a Lebanese woman to stay in Britain rather than lose her son. But they stress that only ‘flagrant’ human rights breaches will come within the law.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Muslims rebuffed over sharia courts – The Times

Posted October 13th, 2008 in islamic law, news by sally

“Gordon Brown’s new minister for race relations has attacked sharia courts, insisting that the Muslim community in Britain is not ‘advanced’ enough to have its own legal system.”

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The Times, 12th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Is English law related to Muslim law? – BBC News Magazine

Posted September 23rd, 2008 in islamic law, special report by sally

“In London’s historic Inns of Court, barristers practise law in the shadow of the distinctive medieval Temple Church. But does English law really owe a debt to Muslim law?”

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BBC News Magazine, 23rd September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sharia courts rule on sex lives in Britain – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 26th, 2008 in islamic law, news by sally

“Ten currently operate across the country, with around 95 per cent of their cases relating to matrimonial issues.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New Sharia law marraige contract gives Muslim women rights – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 8th, 2008 in islamic law, marriage, news by sally

“Muslim women are to be guaranteed equal rights in marriage under a new wedding contract negotiated by leading Islamic organisations and clerics in Britain.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Sharia will ‘inevitably’ become part of British law, says barrister – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 7th, 2008 in islamic law, news by sally

“Islamic law will ‘inevitably’ become part of the British legal system and work should start immediately on specific changes, according to a leading barrister.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Podcast 64: With John Hirst – author of Jailhouse Lawyer’s blog and Podcast 65: The right of prisoners to vote with Carl Gardner – Charon QC

Posted July 7th, 2008 in elections, islamic law, podcasts, prisons by sally

“Today I am talking to John Hirst, author of the Jailhouse Lawyer’s blog. John has spent 35 of his 57 years in prison.

John was sent to prison for life after being convicted of the manslaughter of his landlady, in 1979. ‘He received a tariff of 15 years, but served a total of 25 before being released in October last year. He believes his activities as a litigant against the Prison Service and Home Office are the main reason he had to serve the extra years. John proved to be the most prolific prisoner litigant of modern times – and, he says, like Perry Mason and Rumpole of the Bailey, he never lost a case against the Prison Service.’ ”

Listen to Podcast 64: With John Hirst – author of Jailhouse Lawyer’s blog

“Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, author of the Head of Legal blog, barrister, former government lawyer and commentator on Human Rights Law, about the case of Hirst v United Kingdom No (2) heard at the ECHR in 2005.

Yesterday, I did a podcast with John Hirst, author of the Jailhouse Lawyer blog about his experience of prison life and during that conversation we talked about John’s case against the British government about the right of prisoners to vote – which he won.

Carl Gardner analyses the Hirst case and we talk about the practical implications of the judgment. We also talk about Lord Phillip’s attitude to Sharia Law and his support for Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

Listen to Podcast 65: The right of prisoners to vote with Carl Gardner

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Equality before the Law – Speech by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers

Posted July 4th, 2008 in islamic law, religious discrimination, speeches by sally

Equality before the Law (PDF)

Speech by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers

East London Muslim Centre, 3rd July 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Case dismissed: Lord Chief Justice lays down law on Sharia – The Times

Posted July 4th, 2008 in islamic law, news by sally

“Britain’s most senior judge declared last night that there was no place for Sharia courts in this country and insisted that all residents were governed by the laws of England and Wales.”

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The Times, 4th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Westminster City Council v IC and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted April 3rd, 2008 in islamic law, jurisdiction, law reports, marriage, mental health by sally

Westminster City Council v IC and Others

Court of Appeal

“A judge did not have jurisdiction to make a declaration that a marriage based on lack of consent was not valid under English law, since such a marriage was voidable and not void ab intitio; the judge should have declared that the marriage was not recognised as a valid marriage in this jurisdiction.”

The Times, 3rd April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Judges reject Islamic ‘phone marriage’ with woman in Bangladesh – The Times

Posted March 19th, 2008 in autism, islamic law, marriage, news by sally

“Three senior appeal judges have refused to recognise an ‘over the telephone’ Muslim marriage between an autistic British man and a woman in Bangladesh — even though the union is valid according to sharia or Islamic law.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Chancellor Alistair Darling to close loophole in finance deals based on Sharia – The Times

Posted March 5th, 2008 in islamic law, news, stamp duty by sally

“The Chancellor is expected next week to close a loophole in Sharia finance rules that have allowed commercial property investors to avoid paying stamp duty on more than £1 billion of deals, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 5th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Sharia unveiled – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 29th, 2008 in islamic law, special report by sally

“The Archbishop of Canterbury has sparked a fevered public debate about the relationship between religion and law. Polly Botsford reports.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th February 2008

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Sharia bonds may help to fill the public purse – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 18th, 2008 in islamic law, news by sally

“The Government is preparing to announce whether it will press ahead with plans to use ‘sharia bonds’ to raise money for public spending programmes, it has emerged.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Sorry for any confusion but it is my right and duty to talk about religion and the law’ – The Times

Posted February 12th, 2008 in islamic law, news by sally

“The Archbishop of Canterbury apologised to the Church of England yesterday for any ‘misleading choice of words’ when he delivered his controversial speech on Islam, but insisted that he stood by his right to tackle such issues.”

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The Times, 12th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Adopting sharia within British law would be ‘disastrous’, Lord Carey tells his successor as Archbishop – The Independent

Posted February 11th, 2008 in islamic law, news by sally

“The Archbishop of Canterbury’s predecessor joined the chorus of criticism against him last night for his comments on Islamic law. George Carey accused Dr Rowan Williams of ‘overstating’ the case for accommodating sharia. But he said that Dr Williams should not be forced to quit over his remarks.”

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The Independent, 10th February 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Top judges in key ruling on sharia marriage – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2008 in islamic law, marriage, news by sally

“Three senior judges are to rule on the legality of an arranged marriage conducted in the UK under sharia law, a judgment that could have profound consequences for British Muslims.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyers: Sharia can’t trump English law – The Times

Posted February 11th, 2008 in islamic law, news by sally

“Leading human rights lawyers are concerned that the adoption of elements of Islamic law could lead to clashing systems.”

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The Times, 8th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Civil and Religious Law in England: a religious perspective – Archbishop of Canterbury

Posted February 8th, 2008 in islamic law, lectures by sally

The full text of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s lecture in London, 7th February 2008.”

Full text of the speech

The Guardian, 8th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

From Leyton to Dewsbury, Sharia courts are already settling disputes – The Times

Posted February 8th, 2008 in islamic law, news by sally

“Sharia courts have already spread across Britain and are being used as an alternative and informal legal system by many British Muslims.”

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The Times, 8th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk