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What’s in a name? The criminal implications of pleasantries

Rory Kelly 9th February 2017

In September a new batch of research assistants started at the Law Commission in London. Having collected them from reception, I brought them over to meet the rest of the criminal law team, and said, ‘Everybody, this is K and S, they’re new.’ At first glance, this appears to be a relatively innocuous encounter. However, […]

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Access to information in order to speak freely: Is this a right under the European Convention?

Lucy Maxwell 19th January 2017

If access to government information is “necessary” for you to investigate and communicate about matters of “obvious public interest”, you may have a right to that information, according to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.  In a much-anticipated judgment, the Grand Chamber has found that the right to freedom of expression […]

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Right of Access to Information: An Empowering Tool for the Enjoyment of Other Human Rights in Argentina

Karina Banfi 25th November 2016

Argentina has taken a big step towards government transparency and accountability by enacting, on September 29th 2016, its very own Law on Right of Access to Information. This long-awaited law regulates the right of access to information, which includes the freedom to seek, receive and re-use information held not only by public authorities from the executive branch, […]

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Drone Journalism and Regulatory Challenges in India

Mohd Owais Farooqui 7th October 2016

Drones can be used for journalism, alongside many other civilian purposes. Ethical considerations such as safety and privacy are likely to arise in the context of drone journalism. This raises pertinent questions of whether journalists can use drones at all and whether capturing pictures in public places by drones is permissible under Indian law. Drone […]

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