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[ 5 Feb 2014 | Comments Off ]
Amanda Knox and the politics of extradition

By Merry Neal
Last week the Florence appeals court found Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher in a unanimous verdict. Adding to the considerable drama of this case, Sollecito was apprehended close to the border of Austria last Friday, although he denies that he was attempting to flee.
The pair were sentenced to 28 years and 6 months, and 25 years imprisonment respectively. Ms Knox received a higher sentence as she was additionally found guilty of falsely accusing Patrick Lumumba of the crime.
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[ 13 Nov 2013 | Comments Off ]
International arbitration: an ethical no man’s land?

By Rebecca Carter
International arbitration has gone big. Huge numbers of cases are being heard and the cases themselves involve parties, arbitrators and counsel from a vast array of different countries and, most importantly, different legal jurisdictions. With such diverse legal frameworks in play, problems arise with conflicting ethical rules applying to opposing arbitrators and counsel. The question all too often posed is “which rules apply?”. With international arbitration being governed by a myriad of overlapping ethical guidelines, this can be a difficult question to answer.
Yet ethics form the backbone of …

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[ 17 Oct 2013 | Comments Off ]
Slavery: stop assuming “it doesn’t happen here”, because it does!

By Matt Seys-Llewellyn
I am a natural sceptic about the statistical reporting of social issues, and so too is Kevin Bales the co-founder of Free the Slaves – an international NGO that looks at the impact of global slavery. Similarly Nick Grono, former Chief of Staff to the Australian Attorney-General and now CEO of Walk Free. So I was in good company to hear about some of the issues behind the publication of their first ever global slavery index at the first in our “Lexis Lectures” series on Thursday 17 October …

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[ 27 Sep 2013 | One Comment ]
Energy price cap – is it legal?

By Emily Green
You would have to be living under a rock to avoid Mr Milliband’s recent announcement that energy costs would, if he were elected in 2015, be capped for 20 months. Unsurprisingly, this has caused uproar on a political level between energy companies warning of blackouts and company failures and the Labour party who maintain it is a viable option. The question which really needs to be asked here is whether or not the government is legally entitled to do this?
On a domestic level
This opens up a morass of …

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[ 10 Sep 2013 | One Comment ]
Syria: it’s time to strengthen the capacity for independent investigation and fact-finding

By Geoffrey Bindman
The impotence of international institutions is once again highlighted in Syria. The use of chemical weapons in flagrant violation of international law again poses the perennial problem of enforcement. How can an independent sovereign state be made to comply with its international obligations? In the last resort is force the only means? And when the UN fails to deliver, must we only wring our hands in despair?
The UN Charter requires member states to refrain from the threat or use of force. The only exceptions are in Ch VII, …