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Worker Status for App-Drivers: Uber-rated?

Rachel Hunter and Jeremias Prassl 21st November 2016

In what has been heralded as the ‘employment case of the year’, the Central London employment tribunal has ruled that Uber drivers are workers within s.230(3)(b) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, rather than independent contractors as the company has long maintained. The Decision Two themes emerge from the tribunal’s reasoning in Aslam v Uber […]

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Live Music during Thaipusam Processions in Singapore: Developments in the Law on Freedom of Religion

Benjamin Joshua Ong 17th November 2016

In Singapore, due to the 2009 Public Order Act, public processions require an official permit, which may have conditions attached. In Vijaya Kumar s/o Rajendran v Attorney-General (17 September 2015), three applicants, citing their constitutional rights to freedom of religion and equality before the law, challenged such a condition which prohibited the use of musical […]

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Food Deserts In Appalachia: A Socio-Economic Ill and Opportunities for Reform

Nicholas Stump 15th November 2016

Food deserts constitute a public health phenomenon in which communities lack sufficient access to nutritious whole foods.  The U.S. Appalachian region currently faces a food desert crisis of problematic proportions: this crisis stems from neoliberalism’s dire legacy and a rapidly transitioning energy sector, which have left the region devastated. To combat food deserts, the Appalachian […]

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EU Rights as British Rights

Eirik Bjorge 14th November 2016

According to a carefully argued contribution by Professor Finnis in the Miller debate, rights under the European Communities Act 1972 ‘are not “statutory rights enacted by Parliament”’; they are only ‘rights under the treaty law we call EU law, as it stands “from time to time”’. Finnis thus purports to have broken the chain of […]

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