Brexit: what the hell happens now? Book review

The Brexit vote took the nation by surprise. For those who voted to Leave, exiting from the EU can’t happen fast enough. But few seem to appreciate what is actually involved in achieving this. Ian Dunt’s book examines the options and implications, and makes clear that the referendum result was only the start of a long period of discussions, negotiations, decisions and agreements which will take years, if not decades, to conclude. Review by Paul Magrath.

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 16 January 2017

This opening salvo of our regular termtime bombardment of recent legal news and comment includes a war law jaw,  a mailmash on lawyers’ earnings, a mismatch on hate speech, and a ban on abusive cross examination. Plus legal snippets from foreign climes.

International law AG: it’s war! But not as we know it

The Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC MP, set out the limits of the modern law of (state) self-defence in …

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Family law no island (4): A metwand for family proceedings — common law and vulnerable witnesses

Points of Law

Continuing his series discussing the impact on family law and practice of legal developments in other areas, David Burrows questions Sir James Munby’s recent announcement that primary legislation is required to remedy the situation in which the victim of alleged abuse can face cross-examination by their alleged abuser in the family courts in a manner not permitted in the criminal courts. He suggests there is already a solution available under existing case law and statute.

Evidence of …

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Human Rights in the World: Why the West is not necessarily the Best

At a panel presentation given at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the Association of American Law Schools in San Francisco this week, six law professors gave short talks on the topic of Human Rights Outside the West. Although each speaker approached the topic from a different perspective, there was a common theme: how well has the Western human rights paradigm travelled outside its home territories? Should we, indeed, regard it as essentially Western in nature and unitary in …

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#AALS 2017 Conference Diary

The story so far… Paul Hastings and Paul Magrath of ICLR are in San Francisco for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. We’re at Booth No 406 in the Exhibition Hall, sweltering under the chandeliers of what is otherwise known as the Grand Ballroom. Hundreds of law school deans, professors and librarians circulate and network here among the stands, enjoying the coffee and pastries on offer between sessions and seminars held in various other …

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ICLR at AALS 2017 – New Year in San Francisco!

Team ICLR will be attending the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in San Francisco from January 3 to 7. This year’s theme is “Why Law Matters”, which seems particularly topical in the context not only of promoting public understanding of and access to laws, but also the dilution of respect for the rule of law in so many jurisdictions, including (sad to say) those of Britain and the USA.

ICLR will be …

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Rillington Place — Psycho-Pathé News meets Dr Stranglelove

The BBC’s three-part dramatisation of the tale of one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers was creepily authentic in its characterisation and atmosphere, but the mini-series left more questions than answers, says Paul Magrath in this review.

Here’s something a bit spooky. Some years ago, a friend of mine who lives in Notting Hill attempted to get a taxi home to her flat. The driver took her to the entrance to the road, …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 19 December 2016

This last roundup of the year includes legal news and commentary about prisons and sentencing, an Irish sidewind on Brexit, the latest on the CSA inquiry and a selection of legal tales, good and bad, from foreign parts. 

Prisons Riot, rehabilitation and reform

This week saw yet another major prison riot, possibly the worst in a recent series of serious prison incidents. HMP Birmingham, which is managed by outsourcing security giant G4S, erupted into …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 12 December 2016

This week’s roundup goes from the sublime to the ridiculous as we find supreme intelligence in the Supreme Court and supreme ignorance in some parts of Parliament; plus the problems of advising unrepresented litigants and impatient young musical geniuses; and we end on a sad note with the passing of the much loved Prof Gary Slapper, to whose memory this post is dedicated.


Supreme Court Trial run of Large Caselaw Collider

The scientific …

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Miller: hearing documents and understanding a case in the Supreme Court

The way the cases have been presented in the Supreme Court this week in the appeals against R (Miller & Anor) v The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin) ; [2016] WLR(D) 564 has shown how much court cases can be opened up for the understanding of interested members of the public and press. 

In this article David Burrows looks at the extent to which the law permits this; at what the arrangements were to …

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