War & peace: the importance of applying the rule of law to the military

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by Philip Evans QC & Tom Coke-Smyth The news last month that Public Interest Lawyers, the firm which brought a host of discredited cases alleging abuse by British serviceman in Iraq, is to be wound up has been met with applause by the press and service community. These claims culminated in the Al Sweady Inquiry which considered […]

Defending public interest lawyers

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by Steve Hynes After months of rumours that staff were leaving the firm and that its founder Phil Shiner was buckling under of the pressure, Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) has announced its closure. The final nail in the coffin, it seems, was the announcement by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) that it was terminating the […]

The need for Parliament’s consent to trigger Art 50 is a matter of EU Law

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by Richard Lang Paragraph 1 of Art 50 of the Treaty on European Union, governing voluntary withdrawal of a member state from the EU, reads: “Any member state may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.” This right is followed in the next paragraph by an obligation: “A member […]