Right to Privacy

Will Australia learn from the EU’s mistakes on data retention?

Will Australia learn from the EU’s mistakes on data retention?

Police officers, anti-terrorism officials and politicians all tell us that we need data retention laws, especially ...
Anti-Terrorism Review Reform: Some Considerations

Anti-Terrorism Review Reform: Some Considerations

In mid-July, the UK government announced its intention to abolish the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
The Supreme Court of Canada Affirms Privacy as Anonymity

The Supreme Court of Canada Affirms Privacy as Anonymity

This is a critical time for privacy on the internet. Private entities, from the global, all-knowing Google to a ...
Moral Arguments on the Right to Die: Should Courts Intervene?

Moral Arguments on the Right to Die: Should Courts Intervene?

On 25th June 2014, the UK Supreme Court, sitting as a full bench of nine, handed down judgment in the joined cases ...
McDonald v UK: The ECtHR on Social Care Provision

McDonald v UK: The ECtHR on Social Care Provision

So did Ms McDonald OBE, former ballerina, win her case in the European Court of Human Rights (McDonald v UK) or ...
One May Not Retain Personal Data Forever: The Judgment in Google Spain

One May Not Retain Personal Data Forever: The Judgment in Google Spain

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently held in Google Spain that an individual may, in some cases, ...
CJEU Holds the Data Retention Directive Invalid

CJEU Holds the Data Retention Directive Invalid

In joined cases C-293/12 and C-594/12, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Directive ...
Respect for Private Life under Article 8 and Covert Filming – Söderman v Sweden

Respect for Private Life under Article 8 and Covert Filming – Söderman v Sweden

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (“GC”) found Sweden had breached its obligations under ...
X v Latvia: Creative Harmony, Fortunate Result

X v Latvia: Creative Harmony, Fortunate Result

In X v Latvia the ECtHR held that a domestic Latvian order requiring the applicant to return her daughter to ...
Ode v High Court of Ireland: the Right to Respect for Family Life is Alive and Kicking

Ode v High Court of Ireland: the Right to Respect for Family Life is Alive and Kicking

There is a constant undercurrent of scepticism in the UK regarding the role of human rights in the legal system. ...
European Court of Human Rights Rules on Same-Sex Civil Partnerships

European Court of Human Rights Rules on Same-Sex Civil Partnerships

In the case of Vallianatos and Others v. Greece, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held that ...
The Liberty-Equality Debate: Comparing the Lawrence and  Naz Foundation Rulings

The Liberty-Equality Debate: Comparing the Lawrence and Naz Foundation Rulings

Last month marked the 10 year anniversary of Lawrence v Texas, where the US Supreme Court ruled that laws that ...

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