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[ 16 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]
Oscar Pistorius: verdict analysis

By Dan Bunting
A world famous sportsman accused of killing his partner is controversially acquitted with public uproar. Some have drawn similarities between OJ Simpson and Oscar Pistorius, although the comparisons should not be overstated. Not least because, whilst Mr Pistorius left Court on 12 September after the verdict, he did not (as may papers state) “walk free”, as he was bailed pending sentence. Although acquitted of murder and pre-meditated murder, he was convicted of “culpable homicide” (pretty close to what would be manslaughter in English law). As a consequence, he faces …

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[ 19 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]
What’s in store for family migrants after the Court of Appeal decision in MM?

By Kathryn Denyer
Since 28 July the Home Office has resumed processing applications that were on hold pending the Court of Appeal decision in MM. In that case, the Court of Appeal held the minimum income threshold and associated documentary requirements set out in Appendix FM and Appendix FM-SE to the Immigration Rules to be lawful.
It is no coincidence that processing re-commenced on this date, which was also when s 19 of the Immigration Act 2014 came into effect. Section 19 sets out into primary legislation the public interest considerations that …

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[ 14 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]
Baby removed from mother at birth: a look at reporting restrictions orders

M, who was 24-years-old, was in the late stages of her first pregnancy (X County Council v M). She suffered from persecuting delusions including a belief that mental health services were “murderers” and would murder her and her unborn child. The local authority applied to the court for permission not to disclose to M the care plan for the removal of her baby at birth. They also applied for a reporting restrictions order. The Family Division held that despite the fact that both orders sought were draconian, the orders would …

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[ 18 Jul 2014 | Comments Off ]
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 | Comments Off ]
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 …