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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 …

Blog, Headline, Human Rights »

[ 18 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Female genital mutilation: a breach in the UK’s duty of care?

A report by the Home Affairs Committee (HAC) is a response to what it calls the “ongoing national scandal” of female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is the mutilation of the genitalia of young women and girls for non-medical reasons. The history of FGM in the UK makes for sobering and shocking reading. It is estimated that 170,000 women and girls are living with the legacy of FGM in this country and 65,000 girls aged 13 or under are at this moment at risk of mutilation. Despite having been criminalised here …

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[ 16 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
DRIP: 5 unjust government arguments

By David Cook
It is suggested that the USA PATRIOT Act, legislation swiftly enacted by US Congress in the wake of the 11 September 2001 terrorist act was a “backronym” designed to play on the national pride around at the time. Clever political manoeuvring? Potentially so.
One therefore wonders what considerations were given to the naming of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers bill, given that the acronym is DRIP. That is what this legislation represents though – the further dripping away of our digital rights.
The Government rely on five arguments to …

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[ 14 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Revenge porn – are we in need of stronger laws?

What has led to the calls for a criminal sanction to be introduced for revenge porn?
Calls have been prompted largely by the rise of revenge porn itself, which in turn is attributable to the omnipresence of smartphones that allow photographs to be taken and uploaded to the internet within seconds. No specialist knowledge is required and many “apps” allow pictures to be uploaded at the click of a button. Once an image is on the internet in digital form it can be reproduced time and time again. The call for …

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[ 3 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Can DNA profiles at a murder scene be used to establish paternity?

What was the challenge before the court?
Re Z (Children) concerned an application in ongoing care proceedings for the Metropolitan Police to provide copies of DNA profiles held by them. The application was made by the children’s guardian and brought so that the paternity of the children could be determined. This issue arose as although the man alleged to be the children’s father (referred to in the judgment as X) insisted he was so, he refused to consent to DNA testing. X was seeking a role in the children’s lives.
The children’s mother …