Speech by Lord Justice Singh: Racial Equality and the Law – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Lord Justice Singh: Racial Equality and the Law,’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 14th November 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

The history of The Declaration of the Rights of the Child – OUP Blog

Posted November 5th, 2018 in children, human rights, legal history, news, United Nations by sally

‘Virtually every news cycle seems to feature children as victims of military actions, gun violence, economic injustice, racism, sexism, sexual abuse, hunger, underfunded schools, unbridled commercialism—the list is endless. Each violates our sense of what childhood ought to be and challenges what we believe childhood has always been.’

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OUP Blog, 5th November 2018

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The history and importance of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council – OUP Blog

Posted June 8th, 2018 in legal history, news, Privy Council by sally

‘The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) signifies different things to different people. It is both a court and an advisory body. It rules on disputes ranging from the personal, such as the inheritance of a hereditary title amid accusations of historic infidelity, to those of great public importance, such as the validity of elections, or significant commercially, such as the ownership or control of Turkey’s largest mobile phone company. It renders advice to a Queen and a Sultan and sits as the final court for 30 overseas jurisdictions, including three republics. It is at the same time an anachronism and a functioning part of many modern systems of justice. For some it is a hanging court, and for others an upholder of human rights.’

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OUP Blog, 4th June 2018

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Speech by Sir Brian Leveson: The Pursuit of Criminal Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir Brian Leveson: The Pursuit of Criminal Justice.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 26th April 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Speech by Sir James Munby: Changing families – family law yesterday, today and tomorrow – a view from south of the Border – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir James Munby: Changing families – family law yesterday, today and tomorrow – a view from south of the Border.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 21st March 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Inquiries into historical events have a troubled past: will history repeat itself?- UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 13th, 2017 in blood products, health, inquests, inquiries, legal history, news by tracey

‘The announcement of a statutory inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal may be a major step towards uncovering the truth for those affected. But an inquiry into historical events has its own unique challenges and potential pitfalls. Before it even commences, can the Government ensure the inquiry retains the confidence of victims, families and the public?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th November 2017

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Hamilton for lawyers – New Law Journal

Posted October 2nd, 2017 in compromise, legal history, news, theatre by sally

‘How can a hip-hop musical become an inspiration for mediators? Richard Harrison shares his thoughts & a few plot spoilers below…’

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New Law Journal, 15th September 2017

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Devolution in England: a review – UCL Constitution Unit

Posted April 24th, 2017 in devolution, legal history, London, news by tracey

‘On Monday 10 April Professor Tony Travers of the London School of Economics (LSE) spoke at a Constitution Unit seminar on devolution in England. The talk covered the history of English devolution, international comparisons, and some thoughts for the future amidst the current Brexit-dominated political landscape. Kasim Khorasanee reports.’

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UCL Constitution Unit, 24th April 2017

Source: www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit

Speech by Mr Justice Singh: Divided by a common language – American and British perspectives on constitutional law – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Divided by a common language: American and British perspectives on constitutional law.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 27th February 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Legal records at risk – Counsel

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in archives, barristers, confidentiality, documents, legal history, legal profession, news by sally

‘The Bar is in danger of losing its distinct legal heritage, warns Clare Cowling – who outlines the considerable research value to be found in chambers records’

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Counsel, March 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Graham John Wheeler: Referendums That Time Forgot – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 17th, 2017 in bills, constitutional history, legal history, news, referendums by sally

‘It is well known that the first national referendum in the UK was the 1975 poll on EEC membership. It is also quite well known that A.V. Dicey called for the introduction of the referendum into British politics from the 1880s onwards as a means of defeating Irish home rule. This episode was the subject of an exchange between Dominic Chambers QC and Lord Sumption in the Article 50 case.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 17th February 2017

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Freedom’s banner – Counsel

Posted September 26th, 2016 in demonstrations, legal history, news by sally

‘The legal and practical issues surrounding street demonstrations have remained remarkably similar over the 200 years since the idea of peaceful demonstrations was first thought of.’

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Counsel, October 2016

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Attorney General Speech at the Royal Courts of Justice – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 25th, 2016 in attorney general, legal history, lord chancellor, news, parliament, speeches by sally

‘Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP’s speech at the Lord Chancellor’s swearing in ceremony.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 21st July 2016

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How legal history shapes the present – OUP Blog

Posted April 13th, 2016 in legal history, news by sally

‘The field of “legal history” studies the relationship that “law” and legal institutions have to the society that surrounds them. “Law” means everything from local regulations and rules promulgated by administrative agencies, to statutes and court decisions. Legal history is interested in how “law” and legal institutions operate and how they change over time in reaction to changing economic, social, and political conditions. It looks at people who are “governed” by law, as well as how those people try to influence law and legal actors. Thus, the field covers such diverse topics as the Roman law of wills, the social and economic conditions that brought down feudalism, the legal ideas motivating the American Revolution, the way that slave patrols kept the slave system in place, the legal regulation of business in the early 20th century, right up through the Black Power movement’s critique of the US criminal justice system.’

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OUP Blog, 12th April 2016

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Graham John Wheeler: When Should the Lords Reject Secondary Legislation? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On 26 October 2015, the House of Lords debated the Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. The Regulations were approved, but subject to two riders. Critics claimed that these riders constituted “fatal” amendments, and that they were therefore tantamount to a rejection of the legislation. It was argued that it is constitutionally improper for the House of Lords to reject financial legislation in this way.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th December 2015

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

The right to a fair trial: part one – OUP Blog

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in juries, legal history, news, trials by sally

‘Our legal history stretches back well over eight centuries, to long before Magna Carta (1215). But however long this history may be, it is not one of which we can be universally proud, and the freedoms which we enjoy today have had to be hard won over the centuries. These are now encapsulated in the Human Rights Act 1998, which came into force in 2000, and which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights. They include, amongst others: the right to life, freedom from torture or being subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, freedom from slavery, and the rights to a fair trial, free speech (freedom of expression) and respect for private and family life. But these freedoms have not suddenly emerged from a twentieth century statute. Our history is peopled by many remarkable characters, and includes the stories of very many fascinating cases, some of which have created and developed freedoms over the ages.’

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OUP Blog, 3rd November 2015

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Speech by President of the Queen’s Bench Division: Justice for the 21st Century – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division gave the Caroline Weatherill Lecture “Justice for the 21st Century” in the Isle of Man on 9 October 2015.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judicairy, 12th October 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Slavery: How women’s key role in abolition has yet to receive the attention it deserves – The Independent

‘The journey of Mary Prince from the salt ponds of Bermuda to a cause célèbre in early 19th-century Britain came at unbearable personal cost. Torn from her family in a slave auction and routinely beaten while naked, she was brought to England by her owners after years of brutality on Caribbean plantations.’

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The Independent, 23rd August 2015

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Speech by Lord Chief Justice: Dinner for Her Majesty’s Judges – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by The Right Hon. The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 9th July 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Magna Carta: The troubled journey to an independent judiciary – The Independent

‘In popular perception the Middle Ages was a time of lawlessness and cruelty. And to a degree, that characterisation holds true. Crusades abroad, ill-disciplined governance at home, England in the early thirteenth century was not exactly enlightened.’

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The Independent, 7th June 2015

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