Articles tagged with: Discrimination
By Simon Hetherington
We’re finally up against it now, aren’t we? After years of dancing round the issue, the law is finally called upon to make a specific ruling on the wearing of the niqab. See the Guardian for a brief summary. So let’s make sure we know what we are talking about, because without a doubt there will be proponents and opponents alike who seek to interpret the decision (whatever it may be) to suit their cause.
To start with: it is indeed a narrow point. The question is whether a …
By Richard Allison
Legislation tells us what the law is, but rarely reveals why. The Juries Act 1974, s 1 states every person shall be qualified to serve as a juror… if… he is [on the electoral register] and is not less than eighteen nor more than seventy years of age.
Before 1988 in England and Wales the upper age limit was 65. Recently, Justice Minister Damian Green announced that the upper limit is to be raised to 75.
The minimum age to vote in England and Wales is 18, but there is …
By Shonali Routray
Hardly a day goes by without whistleblowing being in the news. Just last month, two police officers were suspended in Cumbria for leaking information to the press about the expenses of an elected Police Commissioner. Last month, the Robert Francis Inquiry published its findings in to the high mortality rates at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, which found a culture of fear and silence throughout the organisation which discouraged staff from raising concerns about patient safety. According to research of the University of Greenwich, 80% of the public feel …
By Lucy Corrin
Imagine you are a middle-aged man with a young family looking to change career to work as a primary school teacher. When you were 12 you took a chocolate bar from a shop. You learnt a salutary lesson and never repeated this isolated error of judgment. Is it right that your prospective employer should be told this? Well, whilst the Government thought your prospective employer should be forewarned, the Court of Appeal disagreed. The Court of Appeal, in R(T) & Others v Greater Manchester was critical of the …
By James Wilson
The American humourist PJ O’Rourke once said that it was funny how those who wanted to share their religious views with you, never wanted you to share yours with them. The European Court of Human Rights is about to have to share its views with all of us: this week it is hearing four cases on religion and the law. Each will be well known to all British human rights lawyers. The ECtHR’s summary provides:
“The applicants, Nadia Eweida, Shirley Chaplin, Lilian Ladele and Gary McFarlane, are British nationals …