UK Law

Rosia Montana: Learning From the EU on Legal Frameworks for Mining and Minerals

Catalin Hosu | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Catalin Hosu

Few journals noticed the importance of the 2014 Raw Materials Conference held in Athens, Greece, in June; especially for countries like Romania, barin...

Modern Slavery. It's Time to Act.

Emily Campbell | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Campbell

People are being bought and sold... Something of an epidemic, there are alarmingly many more human persons subject to slavery today, right now and in this moment than there ever was during the entire history of the slave trade.

Never Before Will Law Enforcement Agencies Have Been So Well Equipped to Prevent Child Abuse

Mike Penning | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mike Penning

There are very few crimes which provoke such powerful emotions as child sexual abuse. The predatory paedophiles who commit these vile and abhorrent offences destroy the lives of their vulnerable victims for their own depraved gratification. It is a stain on civilised society, and one this government is absolutely determined to remove.

Choosing Choice: Abortion

Emily Hay | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Hay

Choice - it's the very basis of our humanity... but in some places we are being denied that right to choice. In countries where abortion is illegal thousands of women every year are denied their human rights and forced into motherhood... lack of access to abortions doesn't save lives, it ruins them.

Understanding the Importance of Interpreters Through 'Game of Thrones'

Neil Payne | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Payne

Perhaps the most enlightening bit of action we see in GoT that truly exemplifies the challenges of being an interpreter is when for Daenerys Targaryen faces the Good Masters of Astapor.

If I'd Known Then What I Know Now - Four Essential Considerations for Any Aspiring Law Student

Simon Cairns | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Cairns

Be warned. If you're considering a legal career, make sure you've thought it through carefully... Today, law firms and chambers are expecting more from potential trainees and pupils than ever before. Before embarking on this major journey, start to think about what it is you really want to do and what will make you happy.

Time to End Compulsory Worship In Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

Removing the collective worship requirement is not a call to jettison all trace of religion from schools... Legally imposing a daily act of worship, in which pupils by law are required to "take part", goes beyond the legitimate function of the state and violates the human right of freedom of belief for children and young people.

Child Abuse, Cover-Ups and Public Schools

Jon Snow | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Jon Snow

I well remember my first days in my boarding school - the wolf whistles from the prefects' open windows as we passed in and out of our boarding quarters. Prettier boys were openly rated as desirable. It was in my second term, when I was 13 years old, that I first received a note from a 17-year-old in the school rugby team asking would I meet him for a smoke. This was a euphemism for intended sexual contact.

Justice Delayed

Richard Bentwood | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Richard Bentwood

What should concern us all though, is a new class of injustice creeping into the system and one which not only can the Courts not deal with, but is one which is created by the Courts themselves. The problem is one of listing.

There's Nothing New About Flexible Working - Common Sense Companies Have Been Doing It For Years!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Charlie Mullins

Businesses that refuse reasonable flexible working time requests from loyal employees are cutting their own throats; this has always been the case, and new laws giving all workers the right to ask for altered hours change nothing. Any employer with half a brain will treat such a request the same this week as they would any time in the past. To do anything else would be idiocy - it's just common sense.

Putin's Bad Language

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

President Putin's confident geopolitical swagger seems at odds with Russia's recent, petty moves to choke the life out of language...

A Rare Prosecution, But Not the First

Steve Kuncewicz | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Steve Kuncewicz

This trial was the eye of a perfect storm in that was a very high-profile case and a much more far-reaching prosecution in terms of punishment and implication than we saw in 2006... Whether or not the law around phone hacking is changed or new offences created will probably depend on the public reaction to Coulson's sentence.

How Mediation Can Help Resolve a Technology Dispute

Andrew Tibber | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

Commercial conflict is an unpleasant fact of business life. Previously secure relationships can break down when commercial interests start to diverge. Relationships may end amid mutual recriminations. Competitors may raise claims of intellectual property rights infringement or other unlawful interference with their contractual relations.

Tackling Anti-Muslim Hate Must Not Be an Afterthought

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

As we move forward, we call for Police and Crime Commissioners and police forces across the country to place anti-Muslim hate at the heart of their hate crime strategies. No longer can tackling anti-Muslim hate be an appendage or an after-thought on hate crime strategies and it must be placed front and centre with other protected strands so that citizens of our country, who happen to be Muslim, can live their lives free from bigotry

Do We Need New Disablism Laws?

Simon Stevens | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

No law alone can make one person change their opinion of another person, and just adding law after law to try to will not help anyone, and may actually cause harm and resentment. Instead, we need to get our hands dirty and actually step by step, person by person, create better understanding and behaviour, that could result in better attitudes if we play our cards right.

A System Which Causes Undue Harm to Victims of Rape

Alex Feis-Bryce | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
Alex Feis-Bryce

If Blackstone's Formulation is based on the principle that the state should not cause undue or mistaken harm then we need to seriously consider the harm to victims of rape and sexual assault who are subjected to an horrendous ordeal and then tragically failed by a system which allows them to be discredited and humiliated in the name of justice and all too often their courage in coming forward turns out to be in vain.

Guantanamo: The First Postmodern Institution

Tom Johnson | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Future horizons shine flecked with gold and freedom in the American dream. The continued existence of Guantanamo tarnishes it with blood.

The Top 10 UK Universities To Study Law

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

There's so many institutions and colleges offering law courses that it can be a bit of a minefield, so university rankings are probably your best bet ...

Who Owns a Banksy?

Salome Verrell | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Salome Verrell

Banksy is one of the few people who have been able to popularly harmonise the terms 'graffiti' and 'artist' and his work is treasured around the world from the West Bank to Bristol. Yet Banksy's fame brings a headache to would-be art dealers and community leaders the world over: just who owns a Banksy?

Should Government Make It Compulsory to Do Good?

Mark Hillary | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

The economic crash of 2008 did not derail the idea that business leaders need to think beyond the balance sheet alone. But should this requirement to do something for society be mandated by law?

Stop Search - Less of Them, Targeted and With Outcomes or the Damage Will Continue

Nick Glynn | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Glynn

In her announcement to Parliament last month the Home Secretary, Theresa May recognised that the misuse of stop and search is "unfair, particularly to young black men". Organisations like StopWatchUK, Open Society and the Runnymede Trust have been saying this for years, so what has changed?

It's Time to Criminalise Psychological Abuse

Polly Neate | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Polly Neate

We're asking the government to criminalise psychological abuse, coercive control and allow the police to take patterns of repeated abusive behaviour into account so that no one has to feel, like Claire: "I felt that I would never, ever be free. He controlled every aspect of my life, and left me terrified and feeling worthless and alone."

Chemical Weapons: Why Isn't Anyone Being Held Accountable?

Sheryn Omeri | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sheryn Omeri

In a recent press release, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) referred to Tuesday's attack upon its experts and UN inspectors in Syria as a "blatant attempt to prevent the facts being brought to light." ...

The New Intellectual Property Act 2014 Criminalises Copying of Designs

Andrew Tibber | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

After being trailed in the Queen's Speech last year on 8 May 2013, the Intellectual Property Act has received Royal Assent, and become law, just over a year later on 14 May 2014.

Common Law Marriage: A Dangerous and Pervasive Myth

James R Brown | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James R Brown

When an unmarried couple breaks up - no matter how long they've been together - the poorer partner has no entitlement to any financial settlement from their former other half whatsoever.