The Nanny State – legislating on health and morality

Nanny State

By Merry Neal “The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant… Over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.” The above principle laid […]

Domestic abuse – why creating a specific offence is not the answer

domestic abuse specific offence

By Michelle Heeley The Offences Against the Person Act has been in law since 1861. It covers all forms of physical assault ranging from the most serious, such as stabbing someone, to common assault which can be committed merely by spitting at someone. Marital rape is an offence, as is pursuing a course of conduct […]

Sentencing sexual offenders – a lost opportunity?

sexual offences sentencing guidelines

By Felicity Gerry, Catarina Sjölin and Lyndon Harris The Sentencing Council has issued a new Guideline in relation to sexual offences this month. The aim: “to help ensure appropriate and consistent sentences for sex offenders”, says the accompanying press release. The Guideline covers more than 50 sexual offences and is “the largest and most complex” that […]

Universal Children’s Day – child protection law in the spotlight

Child protection

By Declan O’Dempsey Today sees Universal Children’s Day celebrated. The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide and works towards improving children’s welfare. The difficulty of protecting children proportionately from abuse, neglect and other forms […]