Harry Dunn’s family lose High Court battle against Foreign Office – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 24th, 2020 in costs, costs capping orders, dangerous driving, diplomats, immunity, news, treaties by sally

‘Harry Dunn’s parents have lost their High Court battle against the Foreign Office over whether their son’s alleged killer had diplomatic immunity.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th November 2020

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Brexit: EU launches legal action against UK for breaching withdrawal agreement – The Guardian

‘The EU has launched legal action against the UK after Boris Johnson failed to respond to Brussels’ demand that he drop legislation that would overwrite the withdrawal agreement and break international law.’

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The Guardian, 1st October 2020

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British citizenship after obtaining EU Settled Status – Richmond Chambers

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in citizenship, domicile, EC law, families, immigration, news, treaties by sally

‘EU Settled Status is a relatively new form of indefinite leave to remain (ILR) for which EEA nationals and family members have to apply by 30 June 2021. In this post we look at how to obtain British citizenship after obtaining EU Settled Status.’

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Richmond Chambers, 25th May 2020

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New Judgment: Fowler v Commissioners for HMRC [2020] UKSC 22 – UKSC Blog

Posted May 27th, 2020 in double taxation, income tax, news, self-employment, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘Mr Fowler is a qualified diver who is resident in the Republic of South Africa. During the 2011/12 and 2012/13 tax years he undertook diving engagements in the waters of the UK’s continental shelf. HMRC stated that he is liable to pay UK income tax for this period. Whether he is liable depends on the application of a Double Taxation Treaty between the UK and South Africa. Article 7 of the Treaty provides that self-employed persons are taxed only where they are resident (i.e. South Africa), whereas article 14 provides that employees may be taxed where they work (i.e. the UK). For the purposes of this appeal, the parties have assumed that Mr Fowler was an employee. Mr Fowler claims he is nevertheless not liable to pay tax in the UK. His case centres on a “deeming provision” in section 15 of the UK’s Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Act 2005 (“ITTOIA”). This provides that an employed seabed diver is “treated” as self-employed for the purposes of UK income tax.’

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UKSC Blog, 26th May 2020

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“This lopsided Treaty…” Is the US/UK Extradition Treaty imbalanced? – 6KBW College Hill

Posted April 17th, 2020 in chambers articles, extradition, interpretation, news, treaties by sally

‘Recent high-profile extradition cases have breathed new life into the old question of whether extradition relations between the US and the UK are imbalanced. On 12 February 2020, the Leader of the Opposition stated in Parliament “this lopsided treaty means the US can request extradition in circumstances that Britain cannot”. The Prime Minister replied: “to be frank, I think the right honourable Gentleman has a point in his characterisation of our extradition arrangements with the United States”. It is a question that has arisen time and again since the UK ratified the US/UK Extradition Treaty 2003 (‘the 2003 Treaty’). So, where does the truth of the matter lie?’

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6KBW College Hill, 9th April 2020

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Treaty scrutiny -A brave new frontier for Parliament – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted March 18th, 2020 in brexit, constitutional law, news, parliament, royal prerogative, treaties by sally

‘On Tuesday 17 March, the House of Lords endorsed a report by the Procedure Committee which has the effect of establishing a new Committee tasked with scrutinising international agreements, or treaties, that are negotiated and signed by the UK in 2020.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 18th March 2020

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Supreme Court: ICSID award enforceable as state aid investigation continues – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 27th, 2020 in arbitration, EC law, enforcement, news, state aids, Supreme Court, treaties by tracey

‘The UK Supreme Court has ruled that an arbitration award made under the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Convention is enforceable despite an ongoing EU state aid investigation.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th February 2020

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Understanding the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement in domestic law – Brexit Law

Posted February 11th, 2020 in brexit, chambers articles, EC law, news, treaties by sally

‘As explained in a previous post, the entry into force on 31 January 2020 of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement, following its ratification by both the UK and the EU, would not in and of itself have meant that the Withdrawal Agreement had effect in UK law. Rather, legislation was required to implement it.’

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Brexit Law, 11th February 2020

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The final constitutional steps to withdrawal – Brexit Law

Posted February 6th, 2020 in brexit, constitutional law, news, treaties by sally

‘At 11 pm GMT on 31 January 2020, the UK left the EU. But what final steps had to be taken for this to happen lawfully?’

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Brexit Law, 6th February 2020

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“The BANGER extension” – Church Court Chambers

Posted December 4th, 2019 in citizenship, EC law, immigration, married persons, news, treaties by sally

‘Islam Khan explores what the “BANGER” extension establishes and how it affects the current “Surinder Singh” principle.’

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Church Court Chambers, 2nd December 2019

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Child abduction—use of the 1996 Hague Convention as opposed to the inherent jurisdiction (Re I-L (children) (1996 Hague Child Protection Convention—inherent jurisdiction) – 1 GC: Family Law

Posted December 2nd, 2019 in child abduction, conflict of laws, jurisdiction, news, treaties by sally

‘In Re I-L (children) the Court of Appeal allowed the father’s appeal and held that where the 1996 Hague Convention applies between two countries, if a 1980 Hague Convention application is made and is not successful, the applicable jurisdictional provisions are those of the 1996 Hague Convention, particularly Art 11, and the inherent jurisdiction is not available to use. Eleri Jones, barrister at 1GC Family Law, who represented the appellant father, considers the implications.’

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1 GC: Family Law, 21st November 2019

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Krishan Nadesan: Asking the Impossible: Benn, Kinnock and Extending Article 50 – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Boris Johnson seems caught in an impossible bind. The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act – the Benn Act for short – obliges him to seek an extension of Article 50 on 19 October. He can extend, honour the law, but break his promises. He can refuse to extend, honour his promises, but break the law. Or he can resign. The Benn Act appears to trap the Prime Minister between these unpalatable options. Nevertheless, he may be able to escape. For the Act may ask the impossible.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 1st October 2019

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‘Matter of time’: lawyers optimistic about enforcing foreign judgments – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 2nd, 2019 in enforcement, foreign jurisdictions, judgments, news, treaties by sally

‘Lawyers are optimistic about the success of a new international convention designed to make the enforcement of court judgments easier across jurisdictions.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st October 2019

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Philip Allott: The Legality of a No-Deal Brexit Could Be Challenged – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in brexit, EC law, international law, interpretation, news, time limits, treaties by sally

‘It may be that there is no such thing as a date of 31 October 2019 for a no-deal UK withdrawal from the EU. On 9 April 2019, according to Le Monde, Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the European Council in the withdrawal negotiations with the UK, said: ‘The EU will never take a decision on a ‘no deal’. That will be a choice for the British.’’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 3rd September 2019

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Manchester Arena bomber’s brother held in UK after extradition – The Guardian

‘The brother of the Manchester Arena attacker, Salman Abedi, has been extradited from Libya to the UK to face multiple murder charges over his alleged role in the attack.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2019

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David Vitale: Leaving the EU: A Matter of “Trust”? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted April 9th, 2019 in brexit, news, referendums, treaties by sally

‘Since the referendum in 2016, the Government has repeatedly justified its decisions on Brexit by invoking the concept of public trust. In December last year, the Prime Minister rejected the idea of a second referendum because, in her view, it “would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics, because it would say to millions who trusted in democracy, that our democracy does not deliver”. Then, last month, the Prime Minister said that not leaving the EU would cause “potentially irreparable damage to public trust”. And most recently, the Government – when confronted with a public petition to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU – relied upon this concept of public trust to justify its ultimate rejection of that petition.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 9th April 2019

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Philip Allott: Unexpected Denouement. The UK Remains in the EU by Mistake. The Brexit Saga Could Run and Run – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted March 26th, 2019 in brexit, constitutional law, EC law, news, notification, time limits, treaties by sally

‘The two-year time-limit in Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union has come and gone. It is now possible that no withdrawal agreement between the European Council and the UK will be concluded. This means that the UK would leave the EU in catastrophic circumstances on April 12. An interesting final irony would be that the UK would be leaving the EU on the basis of a legal howler.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 26th March 2019

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Kasey McCall-Smith: The Realities of Being Global: Treaty Law and Brexit – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted March 20th, 2019 in brexit, EC law, news, treaties by sally

‘Throughout the two years of Brexit debates following Article 50 notification, the UK Government and Parliament consistently have failed to recognise that even if EU law is no longer applicable after Brexit, the UK is still bound to a broad gamut of rules under international law. Apparently attempting to appease Brexiteers, on 11 March Theresa May offered a unilateral statement to the EU on the UK interpretation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in relation to the backstop set out therein. In a similar vein, two days later, Geoffrey Cox MP argued that article 62 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (Vienna Convention) offered an easy out of the Withdrawal Agreement and Northern Ireland backstop if a more acceptable arrangement could not be reached in the coming years. Now pundits, politicians, and academics alike are expending great energy trying to ascertain what effect the unilateral statement or article 62 may have on the Withdrawal Agreement in future. Put simply, the statement has no legal effect. Article 62 is not a panacea and both the UK government and Parliament would do well to stop relying on concepts in international law to cure all that is disagreeable with the Brexit process. International law supports the precise opposite positions asserted in both of these circumstances. If the aim in leaving the EU is to ‘be global’ without the filter of EU regulations, the application of the international rules (in which the UK had a heavy hand in drafting) must be understood as starting, rather than end, points for negotiating future relationships.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 20th March 2019

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Brexit Britain Could Be A Human Rights ‘Weak Link’, Fears Equality Watchdog – Rights Info

Posted March 12th, 2019 in brexit, human rights, news, treaties by sally

‘The government must ensure human rights standards are applied in treaties after Brexit, the UK Parliament Human Rights Committee has said.’

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Rights Info, 12th March 2019

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‘An International Embarrassment’: Just How Likely Is It The Human Rights Act Could Actually Be Scrapped? – Rights Info

Posted February 14th, 2019 in human rights, news, treaties by sally

‘Our human rights are some of the most longstanding British traditions alive, often dated all the way back to Magna Carta. Somewhat conversely though, they feel continually under threat, with one expert saying recent questions over their future could leave us a “rung below Russia”.’

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Rights Info, 13th February 2019

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