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Partially Clandestine Criminal Trials Risk Standardising Secrecy

Partially Clandestine Criminal Trials Risk Standardising Secrecy

In a decision handed down 4 June 2014, the UK Court of Appeal addressed the issue of secrecy in criminal trials on the grounds of national security. UK Government Ministers...
The London Legal Walk: 10 Successful Years

The London Legal Walk: 10 Successful Years

The London Legal Support Trust (LLST) works to support law centres and legal advice agencies in London and the South East by providing them with grant funding alongside other forms...
A Successful First Instance Challenge to Bedroom Tax

A Successful First Instance Challenge to Bedroom Tax

The Liverpool first tier tribunal (“FTT”) has recently overturned the decision of a Local Authority to reduce the housing benefit of Mr Carmichael, the husband of one of the claimants...
Public Interest Lawyering in Times of Austerity

Public Interest Lawyering in Times of Austerity

On 24 May 2014, to mark its 14th anniversary, Oxford Pro Bono Publico presented a symposium on the importance of, and challenges to, the practice of contemporary public interest litigation....
The Uneasy Decision in A and B v Secretary of State for Health

The Uneasy Decision in A and B v Secretary of State for Health

Most women from Northern Ireland seeking an abortion will travel to England. This is expensive: in addition to travel costs, the woman will have to use a private provider rather...
Going Hungry? The Human Right to Food in the UK

Going Hungry? The Human Right to Food in the UK

The Government is legally required under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Article 11) to secure the human right to adequate food for everyone in the UK....
The Business of Traffic in Humans

The Business of Traffic in Humans

Human trafficking is a complex phenomenon touching upon different legal and policy frameworks. Being first and foremost a very serious crime, its relationship with human rights law is not as...
P v Cheshire West and Chester Council: Shaping Deprivations of Liberty

P v Cheshire West and Chester Council: Shaping Deprivations of Liberty

The case of P v Cheshire West and Chester Council considered whether living arrangements for mentally incapacitated people necessarily constitute a deprivation of their liberty. Its significance lies in the...
Cheshire West and the Repugnant Conclusion

Cheshire West and the Repugnant Conclusion

The Supreme Court’s judgment(s) in Cheshire West [2014] UKSC 19 stirred up the expected storm. By siding with the approach urged upon it by the Official Solicitor, the Court has...
The Regulation of Casual Work and the Problematical Idea of the ‘Zero Hours Contract’

The Regulation of Casual Work and the Problematical Idea of the ‘Zero Hours Contract’

There has of late been considerable public concern in the UK about the use of a kind of employment arrangement known as the ‘zero hours contract’. The essence of employment...
Omnipresent in the EU: Violence Against Women

Omnipresent in the EU: Violence Against Women

The results of the world’s largest survey on women’s experiences of psychological, physical and sexual violence have shown that violence against women is a problem which exists at home, at...
Independent Review of Terrorism Laws: a Brief Introduction

Independent Review of Terrorism Laws: a Brief Introduction

Monitoring the activities of the secret state creates a conundrum. To be effective, a monitor needs to read and to know what is secret. But why should the monitor be...

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