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UK Court Safeguards Fundamental Right to Protest: Liberty v Secretary of State for the Home Department

UK Court Safeguards Fundamental Right to Protest: Liberty v Secretary of State for the Home Department

The UK Divisional Court has found that the Home Secretary acted unlawfully when introducing Regulations which lowered the threshold for the use of police powers to impose conditions on public...
When I Use a Word, It Means Just What I Want It to Mean: Two Examples of the Separation of Powers Under Threat

When I Use a Word, It Means Just What I Want It to Mean: Two Examples of the Separation of Powers Under Threat

The Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Act 2024 quashes hundreds of convictions including those of a factually guilty minority. The Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act 2024 declares ‘conclusively’...
University Campuses and the Right to Protest Under the ECHR

University Campuses and the Right to Protest Under the ECHR

The recent spread of student protest relating to Israel’s war in Gaza calls for a refresher on the scope of the right to protest on university campuses. This post considers...
Grindr goes to Court (Part II): Individuals’ HIV Status and the Right to Private Life

Grindr goes to Court (Part II): Individuals’ HIV Status and the Right to Private Life

Part I of this blog examined the protection of an individual’s HIV status under the UK’s data protection regime in the context of ongoing litigation against Grindr. Part II examines...
Grindr goes to Court (Part I): UK Data Protection Law and the Disclosure of Individuals’ HIV Status

Grindr goes to Court (Part I): UK Data Protection Law and the Disclosure of Individuals’ HIV Status

A case brought in April 2024 before the High Court of England and Wales alleges that Grindr shared sensitive information, including users’ HIV status, with third parties for commercial purposes...
R v Michaela Community Schools Trust: Human Rights and Freedom of Religion in the UK

R v Michaela Community Schools Trust: Human Rights and Freedom of Religion in the UK

The relationship between Islam, religious freedom, and human rights has long been a subject of debate in Britain. However, the significance of the latest instalment in this saga, the judgment...
Bringing the Right to Strike Home: Secretary of State for Business and Trade v Mercer – Part 2

Bringing the Right to Strike Home: Secretary of State for Business and Trade v Mercer – Part 2

The first part of this blog outlined the facts and decision in the Supreme Court case, Secretary of State for Business and Trade v Mercer, as well as the approach...
Bringing the Right to Strike Home: Secretary of State for Business and Trade v Mercer – Part 1

Bringing the Right to Strike Home: Secretary of State for Business and Trade v Mercer – Part 1

Individual strikers are protected from dismissal where they are dismissed for participating in ‘protected’ (i.e lawful and official) industrial action, under s. 238A of the Trade Union and Labour Relations...
A Game of Judicial Tennis: The Supreme Court in Mercer

A Game of Judicial Tennis: The Supreme Court in Mercer

The Supreme Court has once again considered the proper scope of sections 3 and 4 of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), this time in relation to an employer’s response...
Detriment to Spirituality under the Equality Act 2010: On Banning Ritual Prayers in R v Michaela Community Schools Trust

Detriment to Spirituality under the Equality Act 2010: On Banning Ritual Prayers in R v Michaela Community Schools Trust

A recent High Court judgment has ruled that a London school’s ban on ritual prayers does not indirectly discriminate against or interfere with Muslim students’ right to freedom of religion....
Reforms in UK Data Protection Law: Potential Impacts on Individuals’ Rights Protection and AI Transparency

Reforms in UK Data Protection Law: Potential Impacts on Individuals’ Rights Protection and AI Transparency

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (DPDI Bill) was re-introduced into the UK Parliament in March 2023 and is currently being debated at the Committee stage in the House...
The Indian Telecommunication Act, 2023: A Beacon of Security or a Shroud on Liberty?

The Indian Telecommunication Act, 2023: A Beacon of Security or a Shroud on Liberty?

With the enactment of the Telecommunication Act 2023 (“Act”), there has been a tectonic shift in India’s telecommunication landscape. The Act supersedes the Indian Telegraph Act 1885 and the Indian...

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