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[ 28 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Scottish Referendum – implications for Europe and international relationships

How could a “yes” vote affect Scotland’s position within the EU?
This is a controversial point. Scotland is not currently a member of the EU in its own right. It would therefore have to become a member. There is some disagreement as to how this might come about.
Some have argued that other EU members (Spain being mentioned most often) will oppose Scottish membership on the basis that it would encourage Catalonian separatists. However, there are a number of reasons why this is unlikely, the two main reasons being Scotland’s importance to …

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[ 21 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Where does Lindsay Sandiford’s appeal leave the funding of lawyers abroad?

What is the background to this case?

The appellant is a British national who was convicted of drug trafficking offences in Indonesia and sentenced to death. She is currently awaiting execution in prison in Bali. The respondent claimed to have a strict “bright line” policy never to provide legal funding in criminal proceedings abroad, even where the death penalty may apply. The Supreme Court granted permission to appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeal only on the issue of whether the respondent’s policy was irrational or incompatible with the …

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[ 21 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Mental Capacity Bill: lessons from Northern Ireland

By Alexander Ruck Keene
Almost unnoticed in England, the first part of a new draft Mental Capacity Bill has recently been published in Northern Ireland (out for consultation until 2 September 2014), along with the proposals for those subject to the criminal justice system. The civil provisions in the draft Bill – which applies to those over the age of 16, appear at first blush superficially similar to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA 2005). Terms such as “capacity” and “best interests” appear, and the tests for the assessment of both …

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[ 21 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Assisted Dying Bill: unsatisfactory

By Khawar Qureshi and Catriona Nicol
Introduction
On 18 July 2014, the House of Lords debated the Assisted Dying Bill which is described as “A Bill to enable competent adults who are terminally ill to be provided at their request with specified assistance to end their own life; and for connected purposes.”
The draft Bill legalises physician-assisted dying – provided that certain conditions are met, terminally ill individuals can obtain a prescription from a doctor which they can then administer themselves to bring about their own death.[1] However, the proposed change in the law has …

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[ 17 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Google “Right to be forgotten” – freedom of expression v privacy

By Caroline Benham
In the context of the draft EU General Data Protection Regulations (the Draft Regulations) – which will replace the current EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (the Directive) – should the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) Google Spain “Right to be forgotten” ruling be welcomed? Is it testing the “right to be forgotten” contained in the Draft Regulations before it is enshrined in legislation, or does it simply amount to the clumsy implementation of a “new” right without a democratic debate on its wider implications?
Whatever the answer, the ruling has polarised …