British fears grow over legal justification for Syria strike – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 28th, 2013 in armed forces, chemical weapons, international law, news, United Nations by sally

“David Cameron is facing demands to set out the legal justification for military action against Syria amid mounting unease over the scale and speed of Britain’s commitment to another conflict in the Middle East.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th August 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Gibraltar row: UK considering ‘unprecedented’ legal action – BBC News

“The UK government is considering legal action against Spain over the imposition of additional border checks in Gibraltar, Downing Street has said.”

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BBC News, 12th August 2013

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Britain and the International Rule of Law – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 8th, 2013 in international law, jurisdiction, news, rule of law, United Nations by sally

“Speech to Chatham House on Britain’s contribution to the development of international law Originally given at London. This is the text of the speech as drafted, which may differ slightly from the delivered version.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 3rd July 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Halaf v Darzhavna agentsia za bezhantsite pri Ministerskia savet – WLR Daily

Posted June 6th, 2013 in asylum, EC law, immigration, law reports, United Nations by sally

Halaf v Darzhavna agentsia za bezhantsite pri Ministerskia savet (Case C-528/11); [2013] WLR (D) 214

“Article 3(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 of 18 February 2003, establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the member state responsible for examining an asylum application lodged in one of the member states by a third-country national, permitted a member state, which was not indicated as responsible by the criteria in Chapter III of the Regulation, to examine an application for asylum even though no circumstances existed which established the applicability of the humanitarian clause in article 15 of the Regulation. That possibility was not conditional on the member state responsible under those criteria having failed to respond to a request to take back the asylum seeker concerned. The member state in which the asylum seeker was present was not obliged, during the process of determining the member state responsible, to request the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to present its views where it was apparent from the documents of that office that the member state indicated as responsible by the criteria in Chapter III of Regulation No 343/2003 was in breach of the rules of European Union law on asylum.”

WLR Daily, 30th May 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Hacker jailed for bid to steal carbon credits from UN – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 19th, 2013 in carbon dioxide emissions, computer crime, news, sentencing, United Nations by tracey

“A cyber-criminal nicknamed the ‘Black Dragon’, who masterminded an audacious
attempt to hack into the United Nations computer systems to steal £6.5m worth of
carbon credits, was jailed for three-and-a-half years yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th March 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lord Neuberger to the executive: get your tanks off the judicial lawn – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 6th, 2013 in human rights, judiciary, legal aid, news, United Nations by sally

“In a rare public intervention Lord Neuberger, President of the UK Supreme Court, has flagged three important issues that should be of concern to us all.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th March 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

High Court challenge over 17-year-olds’ custody rights – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 22nd, 2013 in custody, detention, judicial review, news, police, United Nations, young offenders by sally

“The High Court will hear a legal challenge to the practice of treating 17-year-olds detained in police custody as adults, in a judicial review being brought by Just For Kids Law next week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd February 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Were James Bulger’s killers too young to stand trial? – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2013 in criminal responsibility, murder, news, United Nations, young offenders by sally

“Twenty years ago, two 10-year-olds were prosecuted for murdering a toddler in Merseyside. Despite pressure from child protection campaigners, the UK’s minimum age of criminal responsibility remains one of the lowest in the world.”

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The Guardian, 5th February 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Britain faces UN tribunal over Chagos Islands marine reserve – The Guardian

“Britain’s colonial-era decision to sever an Indian Ocean archipelago from Mauritius and turn it into a US military base will have to be justified before an international tribunal – a process that could lead to the return of the islands’ exiled inhabitants.”

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The Guardian, 28th January 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Justice minister admits five children were detained in adult jails – The Independent

Posted January 28th, 2013 in children, mental health, news, prisons, United Nations, young offenders by sally

“Five children have been placed in adult prisons, breaking an international treaty on children’s rights, it has emerged. The Youth Justice minister, Jeremy Wright, admitted the under-18s had been transferred from youth custody to adult prisons in 2011, in answer to a parliamentary question earlier this month.”

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The Independent, 27th January 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Hundreds of women still wrongly imprisoned – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2013 in mental health, news, prisons, United Nations, women by sally

“Hundreds of British women continue to be wrongly imprisoned, according to a study that condemns the government for not complying with international standards set by the United Nations on treatment of female inmates.”

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The Guardian, 27th January 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Abed El Karem El Kott and others v Bevándorlási és Állampolgársági Hivatal (ENSZ Menekültügyi Főbiztossága intervening) (Case C-364/11) – WLR Daily

Posted December 21st, 2012 in asylum, EC law, law reports, refugees, United Nations by tracey

Abed El Karem El Kott and others v Bevándorlási és Állampolgársági Hivatal (ENSZ Menekültügyi Főbiztossága intervening): (Case C-364/11); [2012] WLR (D) 390

“On its proper interpretation, article 12(1)(a) of Council Directive 2004/83/EC of 29 April 2004 on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise needed international protection, and the content of the protection granted, the cessation of protection or assistance from organs or agencies of the United Nations other than the High Commission for Refugees ‘for any reason’ included the situation in which a person who, after actually availing himself of such protection or assistance, had ceased to receive it for a reason beyond his control and independent of his volition. Where the competent authorities of the member state responsible for examining the application for asylum established that the condition relating to the cessation of the protection or assistance provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was satisfied, the fact that that person was ipso facto ‘entitled to the benefits of [the] Directive’ meant that that member state must recognise him as a refugee within the meaning of article 2(c) of the Directive and that person must automatically be granted refugee status, provided always that he was not caught by article 12(1)(b) or (2) and (3) of the Directive.”

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

UK passes ‘human rights exam’, but with room to improve – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 7th, 2012 in human rights, news, reports, United Nations by sally

“Last week the UN Human Rights Commissioner published the draft report of the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UK’s human rights record (draft report here, webcast of the UPR session here). The UPR involves delegations from UN member states asking questions and make recommendations to the UK government on the protection of human rights, which the government will consider before providing its response. The report is extremely wide-ranging, perhaps to its detriment, though many valuable and interesting insights are provided.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th June 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Attorney General: speech at City University on human trafficking – Attorney General’s Office

“Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP: The role of UK law as a model for combating human trafficking and slavery. Lecture to the City Law School, London.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 13th March 2012

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

‘Unwise’ eviction of Dale Farm Traveller camp must be halted, says UN – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2011 in enforcement notices, housing, news, planning, travellers, United Nations by sally

“The government must suspend the ‘immature and unwise’ eviction of 400 Travellers from Essex green belt and seek a peaceful solution, the UN and a European human rights group said.”

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2011

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Legal aid cuts will stop cases like Trafigura, UN official warns – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2011 in fees, human rights, legal aid, news, United Nations by sally

“A senior UN official has warned the government that cuts to legal aid and changes to lawyers’ fees will prevent claims, such as those in the Trafigura case, being brought against multinational businesses.”

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The Guardian, 16th June 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Coalition refuses to ratify UN measure protecting domestic workers – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2011 in employment, international law, news, United Nations by sally

“The government has been accused of betraying Britain’s 200-year history in the fight against slavery and of isolating itself on the world stage after refusing to back an international convention protecting domestic workers from exploitation.”

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The Guardian, 15th June 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal grounds for intervention in Libya? – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 6th, 2011 in armed forces, Libya, news, sanctions, United Nations by sally

“In the midst of rapid developments at the diplomatic and military level concerning the Gaddafi regime, it is important to remember that Libya is no stranger to UN sanctions or bombing by NATO member state warplanes.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th May 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Our panel of legal experts discuss UK’s basis for military action in Libya – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2011 in international law, news, United Nations by sally

“International lawyers analyse the government’s statement.”

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The Guardian, 21st March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v Forsyth; Regina v Mabey – WLR Daily

Regina v Forsyth; Regina v Mabey [2011] UKSC 9; [2011] WLR (D) 52

“The power under section 1(1) of the United Nations Act 1946 to create a criminal offence by Order in Council so as to enforce a United Nations Security Council Resolution was not restricted to use at or about the same time as when the Resolution had been passed.”

WLR Daily, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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