Tackling child abuse: is mandatory reporting the answer?

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By Declan O’Dempsey Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has called for an overhaul of the law concerning safeguarding children. In a previous post I considered the current legislation and whether it goes far enough. I concluded that there is a need for a more general duty to have due regard to the […]

Bar calls off action – views from the profession

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By Rebecca Carter In a turbulent week for criminal lawyers, the profession, until recently so united in protest against legal aid fee cuts, has voiced strong and mixed reaction to the Criminal Bar Association’s (CBA) decision to call off the imminent two days of action and their no returns policy. The announcement from CBA Chairman […]

No maternity rights for surrogate parents?

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By Samantha Ellaby In the recent cases of CD v ST and Z v A Government Department and the Board of Management of a Community School, the ECJ clarified the EU position regarding the protections and benefits that should be afforded to mothers having children through surrogacy arrangements. Current EU law EU law sets minimum […]

Right to privacy: can we really trust Google Glass?

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By David Cook It is difficult to have missed the hype surrounding Google Glass (referred to simply as “Glass”), not only because of its futuristic technological capabilities and design, but also the concerns it raises for an individual’s Art 8 right to privacy. Glass is, relatively speaking, inconspicuous. The camera enables the wearer, simply by […]