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El Gizouli: Mutual Legal Assistance Meets Data Protection

El Gizouli: Mutual Legal Assistance Meets Data Protection

On 25 March 2020, the UK Supreme Court issued R (El Gizouli) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 10. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, this...
Coronavirus and the Proceduralisation of Rights

Coronavirus and the Proceduralisation of Rights

The House of Lords Constitution Committee recently published its recommendations in relation to the government’s fast-tracked Coronavirus Bill 2020. The House of Lords debates have welcomed the government’s decision not...
Sharing or Caring? The Delineation of UK Parental Rights

Sharing or Caring? The Delineation of UK Parental Rights

Following the Supreme Court’s refusal to permit an appeal in Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall, the Court of Appeal’s earlier judgment remains binding. In a case which brings the...
Proposed amendments to the Human Rights Act to disadvantage UK war crimes victims

Proposed amendments to the Human Rights Act to disadvantage UK war crimes victims

On 18 March 2020, the UK Minister for Defence introduced into the UK Parliament his promised package of new legislation designed to ‘protect veterans’. Entitled the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel...
We Must Stop the Corona Crash Becoming a Depression, with Ten Social Rights

We Must Stop the Corona Crash Becoming a Depression, with Ten Social Rights

The corona virus has triggered a stock market crash sharper and faster than the global financial crisis. It threatens a depression unless we aggressively protect social rights. Companies with plummeting...
Dignity, the Right to Life, and the Coronavirus

Dignity, the Right to Life, and the Coronavirus

The current coronavirus crisis has highlighted the weaknesses of UK law and the system of government. The Prime Minister spent weeks obfuscating. Each day he equivocated more and more people...
The Maya Forstater case and so-called ‘gender critical’ feminism: what was actually decided and what does it reveal about UK discrimination law?

The Maya Forstater case and so-called ‘gender critical’ feminism: what was actually decided and what does it reveal about UK discrimination law?

In Forstater v CGD (2019), a think tank did not renew its contract for consultancy services with the claimant, Maya Forstater, allegedly because of Forstater expressing so-called ‘gender critical’ beliefs....
Akhter v Khan: Recognising (or not recognising) religious marriages in the UK

Akhter v Khan: Recognising (or not recognising) religious marriages in the UK

Whether and how a religious marriage is recognised in law has profound consequences for couples and their children. This is the question at the heart of the Court of Appeal...
Campaigning for a Living Wage and Fair Contracts at Oxford University

Campaigning for a Living Wage and Fair Contracts at Oxford University

Last week, the University of Oxford announced its commitment to pay the Oxford Living Wage (OLW) to all of its employees starting August 1, 2020. Currently set at £10.21/hr, the...
Universal Credit Implementation Scheme Discriminated Against Severely Disabled People, Court of Appeal Confirms

Universal Credit Implementation Scheme Discriminated Against Severely Disabled People, Court of Appeal Confirms

In R (TP, AR & SXC) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2020] EWCA Civ 37, the Court of Appeal dismissed appeals by the Secretary of State for...
A novel approach to Get refusal: the use of the offence of coercive control to obtain a religious divorce

A novel approach to Get refusal: the use of the offence of coercive control to obtain a religious divorce

For Jewish women, obtaining a religious divorce (Get) can be life-changing. Women denied a Get are considered ‘chained’ to their husband, preventing them from re-marrying within the faith (whilst not...
Immigration Detention and the Dublin III Regulation (Part II/II)

Immigration Detention and the Dublin III Regulation (Part II/II)

In November, two important judgments were handed down concerning the legal regime governing immigration detention under the Dublin III Regulation; one by the Supreme Court and one by the High...

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