UK Justice

The Hedge Fund Formula For Philanthropy

Andrew Law | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Andrew Law

Nowhere is this more necessary than the hedge fund sector, which has in the past often been happy for most people to remain in the dark about what it does and why. Its most successful participants have, with a few exceptions, been reluctant to talk about their business, and cautious about engaging directly in a wider social agenda.

Terrorists And Child Rapist Must Serve Full Prison Terms

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK

Child rapists and terrorists will no longer be automatically released at the half-way point of their prison sentence. In addition, criminals who recei...

Key 'Missing' Debate Over Future of Nuclear Energy Is Waste Storage

Behnam Taebi | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK
Behnam Taebi

Across the world, the contentious debate over the future of nuclear power continues apace. In East Asia, for instance, it emerged last month that a nuclear plant in Taiwan may have been leaking radio-active water for three years. Meanwhile, Japan is still struggling to contain radio-active water from Fukushima; and in South Korea prosecutors are conducting a huge investigation into forged nuclear safety certificates.

Are There Genuine Fair Trial Concerns With Face Veils in Court?

Sajid Suleman | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Sajid Suleman

The disproportionate amount of attention this has received, at the neglect of other far more pressing concerns about justice, health and education, indicates that many of those stoking the debate have ulterior motives.

Do Male Domestic Abuse Victims Get Arrested?

Bob Morgan | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Bob Morgan

In the 80's the Police were very bad at dealing with domestic violence but as the years went by I think we became slightly better at it... However in one important way we failed almost entirely - that is in recognising and dealing with domestic violence against men.

How Courts Can Use Prison More Intelligently

Phil Bowen | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Bowen

It may seem paradoxical but by encouraging the courts to use prison more intelligently, the government might make real strides toward using prison less. And that should be a goal for prison reformers to cheer.

"Kill the Rapist?" Why a Film Inciting Mob Justice Won't Solve India's Sex Crimes

Priya Shetty | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Priya Shetty

While the filmmakers say they are on a mission to "empower" women, such an all-guns blazing approach threatens to incite a dangerous streak of mob justice. India already has a long and gruesome history of people taking the law into their own hands - with violent and bloody consequences.

How the Dogmatic Ideology of Forgiveness Can Harm Genocide Survivors

Noam Schimmel | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

The virtues of forgiveness in many different contexts of life are manifold and well known. Forgiveness can encourage and enable healing, peaceful relations, improved individual and social welfare, and psychological well being. But forgiveness is a personal choice and it must not be coerced, whether implicitly or explicitly. It is not a panacea.

Condemning The Victims Of Abuse

Bob Morgan | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Bob Morgan

The accused man was found guilty, so in terms of the law the matter is clear - the man's act was unlawful. What matters here is the implied moral judgement about the girl. He was not sent to prison and we know that these types of victims often do not get the justice they deserve.

Vengeance in the Guise of 'Justice' Must Be Resisted

Joseph Miles | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

Vengeance is the darkest of human emotions. It is the belief that any injury that a person deals to you must be returned in kind. At its worst, it leads to feuds and atrocities; reprisals on top of reprisals. The Troubles in Northern Ireland could have ended so much sooner had it not been on for the desperation of either side to let no slight go unpunished. Yet for all this, it is surprisingly common for it to be glorified in the most unlikely of places.

Justice Being Done

James Thornton | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
James Thornton

The court case is not the end of the fight for air that does not kill us. The UK and other countries are already lobbying in Brussels to loosen the air quality requirements.

Poetic (In)justice: A First World Threat

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK
Ezra Tafari Rose

Somewhere between not guilty and innocent lies the concept of first world justice: legal vengeance and the lawful right to revenge. Justice is provi...

Netherlands Close Prisons Because Of Lack Of Criminals

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK

As prison populations surge in the UK, with overcrowded cells and repeat offenders, the opposite is happening in the Netherlands. The country is ac...

Profits and Loss - Human Rights and the Artisan

Allan Hogarth | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

In his pre-G8 speech the Prime Minister once again raised "the golden thread" theory which posits a link between open economies and open societies. Eradicating conflict and corruption, establishing the rule of law, free speech and the presence of property rights and strong institutions are central to this.

'Really Not Justice At All'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK

One of the UK's most senior judges has slammed a Supreme Court decision to sit in secret for the first time, calling it an "unwelcome departure from t...

Jessica Elgot

Legal Aid Cuts 'Could See Wrongly Accused Pressured To Plead Guilty'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK

Legal aid is being slashed "at random" by the Ministry of Justice, leaving a system where the wrongly accused can be represented by a "pig in a poke" ...

Reducing Britain's Re-Offending Rate Needs Victim Focus

Javed Khan | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

It's no secret that the re-offending rate in this country remains far too high and that the public find it alarming. What's less publicised is what victims think about all this. Time and again victims tell me that, yes they want those who committed a crime to be punished, but also they want them to be rehabilitated.

Even in Guantanamo They Have Lawyers

Jerome Phelps | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Politics
Jerome Phelps

Ukip won no seats at that election, of course. Just as they have won no seats since. Yet this week's Queen's Speech shows that, even without policies, Farage is starting to shape Britain in his image. For some migrants, that Britain will look a little like Guantanamo Bay.

Women's Organisations Mobilise to Reform Justice

Juliet Lyon | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK
Juliet Lyon

Prison is our least visible, most neglected, public service. Perhaps no surprise then, that when people in communities turn their attention to the state of our prisons and the state of people in them, many feel impelled to get involved in changing a flawed justice system.

Domestic Abuse Will Only Be Stopped if Every One of Us Refuses to Accept It

Helen Grant | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

In England and Wales one in four women will be the victim of domestic abuse over the course of their lifetime, and in the last year around 400,000 women were sexually assaulted and 60,000 raped. Behind each of those horrifying statistics is a woman or child whose life has been ruined.

Capital Punishment - It's Not the Answer in a Civilised Society

Rob Atkinson | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Atkinson

Capital punishment is no easy answer. It is a barbaric, horrific and out-dated relic, tainted by the nightmare grisly ceremony of the whole process, something incongruous to a modern society and rightly consigned to the dustbin of history. It must never return.

How Can We Trust the Crime Commissioners?

Bob Morgan | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

For better or worse we have politicians in charge of the Police and whilst some of us think that is a bad idea things have to change if we are to have trust in them.

A State Funeral for Thatcher Is an Insult to Justice

John Wight | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

Awarding what amounts to a state funeral to Margaret Thatcher is an obscenity and an insult to the millions who suffered as a direct result of her time in office and afterwards under the ideology, Thatcherism, which bears her name.

Treat Attacks Against Sex Workers as 'Hate Crimes' Before Someone Gets Murdered

Andrew Boff | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

Criminals often target sex workers and other 'hate crime' groups, before moving on to the wider public. Two of the most notorious serial killers Peter Sutcliffe and Gary Leon Ridgway initially murdered sex workers before targeting other women. So if we can get sex workers to report crimes, everyone gains.

Forget About Paris Brown, the Police Are Good Tweeters

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Another police-Twitter scandal over the weekend. The feed of 17 year old Paris Brown, the first Youth Police and Crime Commissioner, contained some pretty stupid things she'd tweeted a couple of years ago. This is a new genre of story: public-servant-said-something-silly-on-Twitter.