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A President in the Dock?

Lionel Nichols 7th June 2013

The ICC’s case against the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, is scheduled to commence on 9 July 2013.  Should this eventuate, Kenyatta will become the first sitting head of state in history to be tried by an international court.  Victims of the 2007/08 post-election violence, however, may be forgiven for doubting that the trial will […]

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Independent Review of Australian Anti-Terrorism Laws: An Effective Oversight Mechanism?

Jessie Blackbourn 6th June 2013

On Tuesday 14 May, the second report of Australia’s Independent National Security Legislation Monitor was tabled in the federal parliament. The report recommended sweeping reforms of a number of Australia’s most contentious anti-terrorism laws, including those providing for control orders, preventative detention orders and the questioning and detention of non-suspects by the Australian Security Intelligence […]

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UN Arms Trade Treaty opens for signature

Gilles Giacca 3rd June 2013

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), adopted by the UN General Assembly on 2 April 2013, was opened for signature today at the UN in New York in accordance with its Article 21. The ATT will enter into force 90 days after the day on which the 50th state deposits its instrument of ratification, acceptance, or […]

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Civil Legal Aid Reforms in the UK – What will this mean for you?

Polly Glynn 2nd June 2013

This is a government which does not like its decisions being challenged, examined or questioned. This is a government which likes being able to use its power in whichever way it likes. It is clearly annoyed by challenges to its policies and decisions. Its solution in the proposed legal aid reforms is to take away […]

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Legal Aid Cuts: A Student Perspective

Meghan Campbell 31st May 2013

By Meghan Campbell and Arthur Chan  Oxford Legal Assistance (OLA) is an undergraduate and postgraduate legal aid scheme, run out of the University of Oxford and is partnered with Turpin and Miller LLP, a local legal aid firm. OLA runs a weekly clinic session which provides free preliminary consultation sessions for individuals in need of […]

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