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[ 13 Dec 2013 | Comments Off ]
University segregation guidance – manifesting, not imposing, beliefs

By Declan O’Dempsey
 Controversy has been sparked by the guidance issued by Universities UK entitled External speakers in higher education institutions on the question of gender segregation in university talks.
The guidance was issued following a series of Islamic events at university campuses at which male and female students had been segregated. The intention of Universities UK was to address the legal issues that this raised in terms of balancing the speaker’s right to free speech with the rights of audience members.
The guidance has drawn wide-spread criticism and prompted student protests.
Universities UK …

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[ 10 Dec 2013 | 2 Comments ]
Reforming the law on walking naked – a lanyard’s length between Convention rights and the English common law

By Felicity Gerry
I can’t help but smile at the thought of the furore that would ensue if (or when) the European Court of Human Rights were to decide that we English are far too uptight and ought not to be offended by nudity.
Most readers will, no doubt, be (overly) familiar with the story of Stephen Gough, aka the “naked rambler”. He was most recently described by Sir Brian Leveson as a man who, “has walked naked through the highways and byways of the United Kingdom, from John o’ Groats to …

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[ 25 Sep 2013 | One Comment ]
Niqab court ruling: a classic exercise in reasonableness

By Felicity Gerry
In 1894 Edward Marshall Hall KC defended the Austrian-born prostitute Marie Hermann, charged with the murder of a client whose body she hid in a trunk. The jury acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter after what has become his most famous jury speech ending with, “Look at her, gentlemen of the jury, look at her. God never gave her a chance, won’t you?” The personalities may have changed and the language less flowery but the basic principle of a jury trial is the same – we judge …

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[ 16 Sep 2013 | 4 Comments ]
Niqabs in court: should full-face veils be banned?

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 …

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[ 30 Jan 2013 | Comments Off ]
The right to bear arms – the US and the UK divided?

By David Glass
There are at least two versions of the Second Amendment rights under the US Constitution – separated by commas and capital letters but otherwise more or less the same. Taking the version authorised by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State, the Second Amendment reads:
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.
The Second Amendment is said to have been heavily influenced by the English Bill of Rights 1689 which states:
“That …