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Re-victimizing Victims of Sexual Assault: UK Child Benefit Laws

Re-victimizing Victims of Sexual Assault: UK Child Benefit Laws

In the last few years, the UK has been relentlessly pursuing austerity measures and drastically reducing welfare expenditure. Today, as part of this trend, the government has restricted access to...
First Group v Paulley: Towards Accessible and Inclusive Public Transport?

First Group v Paulley: Towards Accessible and Inclusive Public Transport?

First Group Bus v Paulley is the first UK Supreme Court (or House of Lords) case on reasonable adjustments in non-employment contexts. The case, which was supported by the Equality...
After Miller: Legislating for Constitutional and Democratic Legitimacy

After Miller: Legislating for Constitutional and Democratic Legitimacy

In Miller, the Supreme Court ruled by majority that ministers have no prerogative power to invoke article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). The European Communities Act 1972...
The Law Commission’s Consultation on the Protection of Official Data

The Law Commission’s Consultation on the Protection of Official Data

The recent publication of the Law Commission’s consultation paper The Protection of Official Data has generated a great deal of attention. I welcome the opportunity to provide an overview of...
The EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Bargaining Chips on the Commons Table

The EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Bargaining Chips on the Commons Table

On 8th February, the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill passed Third Reading in the House of Commons, by 494 votes to 122. MPs rejected all amendments to the 133-word Bill....
What’s in a name? The criminal implications of pleasantries

What’s in a name? The criminal implications of pleasantries

In September a new batch of research assistants started at the Law Commission in London. Having collected them from reception, I brought them over to meet the rest of the...
Miller, the European Union Withdrawal Bill, and the Non-explanatory Notes

Miller, the European Union Withdrawal Bill, and the Non-explanatory Notes

In her blog posting of January 24th 2017 about the decision of the Supreme Court in the Miller case, Professor Sandra Fredman very rightly observed that:- ‘One of the most...
What kind of extremist will you be?

What kind of extremist will you be?

The UK Government’s procedure for identifying ‘dangerous extremists’ has come under legal scrutiny (at long last) in a High Court test case. The litigation was brought by Mr. Salman Butt,...
UK Supreme Court Rules in Brexit Case

UK Supreme Court Rules in Brexit Case

On 24 January 2017, the UK Supreme Court ruled in the case Miller and Dos Santos vs. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. The Court decided that the...
The Majority Judgment in Miller: Vulnerable but Defensible

The Majority Judgment in Miller: Vulnerable but Defensible

The UK Supreme Court concluded yesterday, by an 8–3 majority, that legislation is needed for Article 50 to be triggered – for the UK to exit the European Union. All...
Miller: A Vital Reaffirmation of Parliamentary Sovereignty

Miller: A Vital Reaffirmation of Parliamentary Sovereignty

In a ringing defence of the power of Parliament against the executive, the Supreme Court today held that the decision to trigger the process of leaving the EU cannot be...
What to Expecting When You Are Expecting Brexit?

What to Expecting When You Are Expecting Brexit?

The UK Supreme Court is expected to deliver a decision on the case Miller and Dos Santos vs. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on January 24th. The...

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