The Weekly Round-up: Shamima Begum loses appeal, ICJ considers situation in the West Bank, Ukraine Family Scheme closes
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by Emilia Cieslak
1d ago
In international news  This week the International Court of Justice held public hearings on the request for an advisory opinion regarding the legal consequences arising from the policies and practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. This is in response to a vote by the United Nations General Assembly to request an advisory opinion on (in the words of the UN General Assembly): What are the legal consequences arising from the ongoing violation by Israel of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, from its prolonged occupation, s ..read more
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The Weekly Round-Up: Navalny dies, a Right to Encryption, Rwanda Safety Bill questioned by Human Rights Committee
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by Catherine Churchill
1w ago
In the News Russia’s state prison service released a public statement on Friday reporting that opposition leader and vocal Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has died in prison. Russian authorities are reportedly refusing to release the body, raising questions about the manner of his death. Navalny was sentenced in 2023 to 19 years imprisonment on a plethora of extremism charges, which he was serving in the Polar Wolf penal colony in the Arctic Circle. Lord Cameron, Foreign Secretary, said to broadcasters at the Munich Security Conference that ‘we should hold Putin accountable for this. And no one ..read more
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Strasbourg Court dismisses challenges to bans on stunning for Halal and Kosher meat
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by Rosalind English
1w ago
Belgian Muslims and others v Belgium (Application no.s 166760/22 and 10 others) This is a rare case involving the welfare of non-human animals balanced against the rights in the Convention. In the Court’s own words, “this is the first time that the Court has had to rule on the question of whether the protection of animal welfare can be linked to one of the aims referred to in paragraph 2 of the Article 9 of the Convention.” Thank you to Joshua Rozenberg for alerting me to this important ruling. In his Concurring Opinion Judge Yüksel gives a useful brief description of what was at stake here ..read more
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Home Office plans new protest offences and anti-Zionism is a protected belief
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by Kate Litman
2w ago
In UK News The Home Office has announced its intention to create new offences relating to actions taken by attendees at protests. The plans include making it an offence to possess flares or pyrotechnics at a protest, to wear a face covering at a protest, and to climb on war memorials. The changes will be added as amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill. The Home Office has emphasised that the new rules are not a blanket ban on face coverings, and only apply where the protester’s intention is to conceal their identity. Police officers already have the power to order a person to remove any item ..read more
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Freedom of expression and offensive political Emails: an important assertion of a fundamental right
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by Guest Contributor
2w ago
In a significant ruling, the Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction of the appellant for an offence contrary to Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988 based on an email written to local councillors in a political dispute. In R v Casserly [2024] EWCA Crim 25, The Court gave guidance on – and placed emphasis on the importance of – directing juries on the right to free speech under Article 10 ECHR. The appeal considered the interaction between s 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and Article 10. Facts In May 2022, the appellant, Thomas Casserly, was convicted after trial ..read more
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Either not Neither: further consideration of non-binary identity by the High Court
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by Paula Kelly
3w ago
The Divisional Court (Lady Justice Laing and Mrs Justice Heather Williams) confirmed in R (Castellucii) v The Gender Recognition Panel and the Minister for Women and Equalities [2024] EWHC 54 (Admin) that the Gender Recognition Panel has no power under the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to issue a Gender Recognition Certificate that records an applicant’s gender as ‘non-binary’. It also held that this did not breach any of the Claimant’s rights under Article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The Claimant is referred to as ‘them’ and ‘their’ in the judgment and the Court also refers ..read more
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The Weekly Round-up: Suspension of funding to the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees; changes to the Immigration Rules
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by Emilia Cieslak
3w ago
In the UK: The government has confirmed the dates on which various significant changes to the Immigration Rules will come into effect: On 14 March, the Immigration Rules will increase the minimum income for Family visas from £18,600 to £29,000. This will come into force from 11 April. The threshold will be increased in stages to £34,500 and finally to £38,700 by early 2025. On 19 February, the Immigration Rules will be changed to remove the right for care workers and senior care workers to bring dependants (partners and children). This change will come into force on 11 March 2024. On 14 Marc ..read more
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Law Pod UK New Episode: Secondary Victims
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by Rosalind English
3w ago
Paul v Wolverhampton NHS Trust (SC) 11 January 2024 For decades, close family members have been able to claim for psychiatric illness caused by witnessing the death or serious injury of their loved ones, whether it be on the scene of the accident, hospital or mortuary. The jury has been out on the recoverability of these claims when the “qualifying accident” has been the result of admitted clinical negligence. The Supreme Court has just ruled this out as a basis for compensation. In Episode 193 of Law Pod UK, Rosalind English discusses this judgment and its implications for damages following ..read more
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Sanctions can be imposed on British subject
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by Rosalind English
1M ago
Philips v Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs  [2024] EWHC 32 (Admin) This application for judicial review raised an interesting and novel question. Could a private individual, a British citizen, be designated under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018? The claimant, a British journalist, had reporting on the Donbas region of Ukraine. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he was designated by the Secretary of State under the 2018 Act on the basis that he had published content on social media that fed into a Russian propaganda narrative and t ..read more
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The Weekly Round-Up: Provisional Measures for Gaza, Warning on Rwanda, & Asylum Seekers
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by Catherine Churchill
1M ago
In the News On Friday, A 17-judge panel at the International Court of Justice delivered an interim ruling imposing provisional measures on the state of Israel in order to alleviate the ‘catastrophic humanitarian situation’ in Gaza. Though stopping short of calling for the complete suspension of military operations requested by South Africa, the court ordered that Israel must do everything in its power to prevent the commission of acts of genocide. President of the Court, Judge Joan E Donoghue, emphasised in judgment that the court does not need to find that Israel has broken the Genocide Conv ..read more
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