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Dr Michael Arnheim

Barrister at Law, Sometime Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge

Dr Michael Arnheim is a practising London Barrister and member of the Irish Bar, the author of 15 published books to date, a former Professor of Classics and Sometime Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. His published books include Is Christianity True? (1984), The Handbook of Human Rights Law (2004) and The US Constitution for Dummies (2009).

Lord Neuberger's Salutary Warning

Many recent bad court decisions cry out for revocation, but I wonder whether the current British government is even aware of the existence of this nuclear option, let alone courageous enough to use it.
11/08/2017 12:43 BST

Theresa May's Irrational Fear Of The European Court Of Justice

It cannot be sufficiently stressed that in every human rights case there are human rights involved on both sides. A human rights case against the government is not just that: it is a case against the mass of law-abiding members of society. Theresa May and David Davis, please note!
03/07/2017 13:20 BST

Theresa May's Ill-Advised Hostility To The European Court Of Justice

It cannot be sufficiently stressed that in every human rights case there are human rights involved on both sides. A human rights case against the government is not just that: it is a case against the mass of law-abiding members of society. Theresa May and David Davis, please note!
30/06/2017 11:37 BST

Theresa May's Muddled Response To Terrorism

On Sunday 4 June 2017, in response to the latest London terrorist outrage, Theresa May came up with a new approach to the problem. However, upon examination, it is neither new nor practical but muddled and self-defeating.
05/06/2017 11:17 BST

The Good News About UK Expats' Rights In The EU Ignored

In addition, nationals of 88 non-EU countries (including Russia) working in the EU are accorded the same rights as EU citizens by agreements between these countries and the EU. Why can't Britain become the 89th such country? As far as I am aware, this possibility has never been raised by anyone in the UK. And, once again, these are agreements with the EU as a whole, not with individual EU member-states.
27/03/2017 11:47 BST

Parliament Could Still Block Brexit

Could Parliament still block Brexit? The answer is undoubtedly Yes. On 3 November 2016 the High Court decided that Theresa May needs Parliament's consent before triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to leave the EU.
04/01/2017 13:28 GMT

Junior Doctors' New Strike Threat Is Unlawful -- Should They Be Fired?

n law, any strike action is automatically a breach of contract. To save a strike from being unlawful - and therefore entitling the employer to sack the strikers -- a strike ballot has to be held. But, a valid ballot must follow certain precise rules, the whole point being to prevent strikes which do not have the support of the majority of the employees concerned.
06/09/2016 09:50 BST

The Brexit Referendum - Joke Letter From 1,054 Barristers

The result of the Brexit referendum on EU membership has no binding force in law. This was the main point made in an open letter to David Cameron signed by 1054 barristers on 9 July 2016. This is undoubtedly correct. But the rest of the letter, and especially the part that proposes "a way forward", reads like a joke.
12/07/2016 10:19 BST

EU Referendum - Both Sides Are Confused About Human Rights

Leading voices in both camps in the EU referendum recognise that Human Rights law has been affected by "mission creep" in the interests of sometimes very dubious claims of individual human rights and against national security. "Brexiteers" blame the EU for this, while "Remainers" point the finger at the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg. Both are wrong.
21/06/2016 11:57 BST