Queen’s Speech: what you need to know about reforms to criminal and human rights laws

State Opening of Parliament, London, Britain - 27 May 2015

by Dan Bunting Yesterday, 27 May 2015, on the same morning as it was announced the Human Rights Act repeal process was being postponed, the Queen opened Parliament with a speech detailing the new government’s plans for the next five years. All people, not least the Conservative Party themselves, were surprised to find that the […]

Gender recognition: what legal recognition and rights can post-operative transsexuals expect in the UK?

Transsexual rights

The cases R (on the application of JK) v Registrar General for England and Wales [2015] EWHC 990 (Admin), [2015] All ER (D) 128 (Apr) Carpenter v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWHC 464 (Admin), [2015] All ER (D) 08 (Mar) What issues did these cases raise? Both cases: were decisions of the High Court related to the […]

Sex and the selfie generation

Sex and selfie generation

by Dan Bunting It is not just people that struggle to keep up with technology, but the law itself often lags behind. We have seen that on numerous occasions with the “Twitter prosecutions”, and had another example of that this week, when the Daily Mirror highlighted the story of “Alison” and “’Peter” (both pseudonyms) a […]

Publication of the Black Spider Memos: a hollow victory?

Prince Charles

by Dr. Ashley Savage On 13th April, the Guardian were finally able to publish the ‘black spider memos,’ private correspondence between Prince Charles and several government departments between September 2004 and March 2005. As I have written previously, obtaining the letters was no easy task. The Guardian had initially made a request under the Freedom […]

Using photographs from social media—rights of privacy

facebook image

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) recently upheld a complaint against a newspaper after it published an image taken from social media without consent. What is the background to this complaint to the independent press standards organisation (IPSO)? A national newspaper published an image taken from social media, without consent, picturing a man accused of […]