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April Fools: The Quiet Demolition of Legal Aid

Guest Contributor 16th November 2012

By Jo Renshaw Following the celebration of National Pro Bono Week in the UK last week, Jo Renshaw, Partner and Head of the Immigration Team at Turpin & Miller LLP, reflects on the impact of the impending cuts to legal aid in the UK and why pro bono work will not be enough to fill […]

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Justice and Security Bill: Report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Hayley Hooper 15th November 2012

  This week the Joint Committee on Human Rights published its Report on the UK Justice and Security Bill. Hayley Hooper provides an overview of the Bill and the Report’s conclusions. Jeremy Bentham wrote that ‘publicity is the soul of justice’. Currently, the British government are of the view that where national security is at […]

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Pro Bono Work in South Africa: From Moral Duties to Legal Duties

Emma Webber 14th November 2012

Continuing in our series on the state of pro bono legal work around the world, Emma Webber blogs for us on the possibility of making pro bono work compulsory in South Africa. The advent of democracy in South Africa meant that all citizens would in future be treated as equals before the law. However, almost […]

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Pro Bono Law in New Zealand: A Work in Progress

Max Harris 12th November 2012

Following the celebration of National Pro Bono Week in the UK, this week we will be featuring updates on the state of pro bono legal work around the world. In this piece, Max Harris reflects on the past, present and future of pro bono work in New Zealand. New Zealand has a strong history of […]

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Prisoners’ Voting Rights: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Eirik Bjorge 9th November 2012

If ‘suffrage is the pivotal right’, then it is only fitting that the issue of prisoners’ voting rights has become the turning point of the UK government’s approach to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The last time a Strasbourg judgment provoked such a sharp response by the UK government was probably the 1995 […]

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