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Constitutional Changes in Scotland – II: Incorporation of International Treaties, Devolution, and Effective Accountability

Constitutional Changes in Scotland – II: Incorporation of International Treaties, Devolution, and Effective Accountability

This blog is the second of a two-part series on Scotland’s incorporation journey. Part 1 sets out the devolved landscape and discusses incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights...
The Mirage of Accountability: Overseas Development Aid and the Law

The Mirage of Accountability: Overseas Development Aid and the Law

The cutting of overseas development aid (ODA) from the globally recognised standard of 0.7 percent gross national income (GNI) to 0.5 percent GNI has made headline news and many are...
Why Dinah Rose QC Had an Obligation to Give up the Homophobic Cayman Islands Brief: A Response to Lord Hendy QC

Why Dinah Rose QC Had an Obligation to Give up the Homophobic Cayman Islands Brief: A Response to Lord Hendy QC

Justice Edwin Cameron’s criticism of Dinah Rose QC for persisting in holding a brief in the Privy Council to defend the Cayman Government’s homophobic prohibition on same-sex marriage has little...
The Cab Rank Rule

The Cab Rank Rule

In his blog for the Human Rights Hub, Edwin Cameron criticised Ms Dinah Rose QC, the President of Magdalen, for accepting the brief, in the Privy Council, to defend the...
Universal Jurisdiction in Switzerland: Challenges for the War Crimes Trial of Alieu Kosiah

Universal Jurisdiction in Switzerland: Challenges for the War Crimes Trial of Alieu Kosiah

On 3 December 2020, the trial of the Liberian former militia commander, Alieu Kosiah, opened in Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court. It is a trial of many firsts, with Kosiah being...
UK’s ‘no notice’ immigration policy unlawfully interfered with the right to access to justice, holds Court of Appeal

UK’s ‘no notice’ immigration policy unlawfully interfered with the right to access to justice, holds Court of Appeal

Until March 2019, the UK operated an immigration policy – set out in Chapter 60 of the General Instructions to Home Office caseworkers – that worked like this: if a...
Ten years of the Argentine inquiry into Franco-era crimes: what has been achieved?

Ten years of the Argentine inquiry into Franco-era crimes: what has been achieved?

On 14 April 2010, the Argentinean criminal courts began an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed during the Franco regime. The investigation was initiated under the principle of universal...
Communication, Education and Speech Difficulties in the Criminal Justice System

Communication, Education and Speech Difficulties in the Criminal Justice System

The level of educational achievement by incarcerated offenders in the UK is far lower than the average. In addition, 40-50% of prisoners assessed in John Rack’s research for the Dyslexia...
BHP to be Dammed?

BHP to be Dammed?

On 5 November 2015, a devastating mudslide following the collapse of the Fundao Dam tore through Mariana, Brazil, destroying entire cities, decimating the environment and destroying historic, cultural and religious...
Uber v Heller and the Prospects for a Transnational Judicial Dialogue on the Gig Economy – II

Uber v Heller and the Prospects for a Transnational Judicial Dialogue on the Gig Economy – II

In the coming days, labour lawyers from around the world will be tuning in to watch the arguments in Uber v Aslam. In terms of the wider ramifications of the...
Uber v Heller and the Prospects for a Transnational Judicial Dialogue on the Gig Economy – I

Uber v Heller and the Prospects for a Transnational Judicial Dialogue on the Gig Economy – I

Across the world, Gig employers are now facing a legal reckoning in the highest courts. On 21st July, the issue of whether Uber drivers are ‘workers’ will be considered by...
Temporary Exclusion Orders and the Right to a Fair Hearing in the UK

Temporary Exclusion Orders and the Right to a Fair Hearing in the UK

In QX v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020], the UK High Court reached a landmark preliminary decision that ECHR Article 6 applies to the judicial review of...

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