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Brexit: What would be the timetable for leaving?

Brexit: What would be the timetable for leaving?

This blog considers when the UK would cease to be a member of the EU, if the result of the referendum on 23 June 2016 is to leave the European...
Brexit and collective labour rights

Brexit and collective labour rights

There has been considerable concern expressed regarding the employment rights that British workers would lose by virtue of Brexit. But this is not straightforwardly the case in respect of collective...
Brexit and Worker Rights

Brexit and Worker Rights

It is now pretty well-known that most of the employment rights in the UK are guaranteed by EU law—the principal exceptions being unfair dismissal and the national minimum wages—as I...
Working time and Brexit: Bad Karma?

Working time and Brexit: Bad Karma?

Imagine a Karmic invitation to be reborn as a piece of employment legislation. It is very likely that the Working Time Directive (WTD) would be at the very bottom of...
Brexit and the Rights of Casual Workers – Tightroping Without a Safety Net

Brexit and the Rights of Casual Workers – Tightroping Without a Safety Net

Against the chorus of ‘scaremongers’ suggesting that Brexit would have disastrous consequences for workers (inevitably leading to a ‘bonfire’ of labour rights) this blogpost seeks to persuade you that a...
The Hillsborough 96 and the Struggle for Truth and Justice

The Hillsborough 96 and the Struggle for Truth and Justice

On 26 April 2016, the end of the longest jury case in British legal history saw the families and supporters of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) and Hillsborough Justice...
Solidarity Not Separation: The Case for Continued Interaction Between UK and EU Law to Further Equal Rights

Solidarity Not Separation: The Case for Continued Interaction Between UK and EU Law to Further Equal Rights

Employment Minister Priti Patel recently likened women campaigning to leave the EU to the Suffragettes. “Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragette movement did not fight for the right to vote to...
The UK and Saudi Arabia: Human Rights and the Perils of Petrodollar Morality – Part II

The UK and Saudi Arabia: Human Rights and the Perils of Petrodollar Morality – Part II

In Part I, we looked at how the UK’s “special relationship” with Saudi Arabia underpins its half-hearted approach to the kingdom’s dismal human rights record. The cornerstone of this relationship...
Gypsies by Birth not by Definition

Gypsies by Birth not by Definition

On 31st August 2015 the Government introduced an amendment to the to Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS). This will redefine who can be regarded as a Gypsy or Traveller...
The UK and Saudi Arabia: Human Rights and the Perils of Petrodollar Morality – Part I

The UK and Saudi Arabia: Human Rights and the Perils of Petrodollar Morality – Part I

The Human Rights and Democracy Report (2015) recently released by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office carries a curiously worded statement by Prime Minister David Cameron: “We condemn and do...
Judging Abortion in Northern Ireland: Facing the Challenges, Taking the Opportunities

Judging Abortion in Northern Ireland: Facing the Challenges, Taking the Opportunities

The Northern Ireland legal system and, more specifically, Northern Irish courts have been thrust into the national spotlight this week following the prosecution of a 21 year old woman who...
Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Will Transparency Lead to Change?

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Will Transparency Lead to Change?

When David Cameron announced that his government would require large private sector employers to report on gender pay differences in their workplace, he said it would “cast sunlight on the...

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