Weekly Notes

Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 20 February 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary features several items about the judiciary and two presidents, good and bad. There’s an interview with one of the ultimate (perhaps even supreme) guardians of the rule of law, and a call by another retired judge for the American president’s “Trumpeachment”. But we’re taking a break from Brexit this week, so you can come out from behind the sofa.

Judiciary On air

Anticipating his retirement later this year, on Thursday morning …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 13 February 2017

This week’s tour of the legal horizon includes a parliament voting, a speaker speaking, a court reporting, a president tweeting and a couple more of those referendum thingies. Will o’ the people or will o’ the wisp, we’ve all got democracy coming to us.

 

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Parliament When is a concession not a concession? When it’s something you could have had anyway.

The government …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 6 February 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary features a poor reflection on parliament, an attempt to bring employment law to heel, an investigation into fake news and a man with a fake tan. Never a dull moment these days.

Brexit A Looking Glass Vote

‘I don’t understand you,’ said Alice. ‘It’s dreadfully confusing!’ ‘That’s the effect of living backwards,’ the Queen said kindly: ‘it always makes one a little giddy at first—’ ‘Living backwards!’ Alice repeated in great astonishment. …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 30 January 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and comment is all about the Law versus the Executive, with our Supreme Court upholding parliamentary sovereignty in the face of a trigger-minded executive at home and federal judges blocking executive overreach in the USA. Yes, it’s all been kicking off this week, but there’s a lovely ray of sunshine from down under, if you can stay the distance. UPDATED 31 January 2017.

Constitutional law Supreme Court recognises Parliamentary …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 23 January 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and comment includes a prime minister, three presidents, a consultation, and another referendum. No one can say it hasn’t been an eventful week!

Politics May’s big speech: a hard (boiled) Brexit

On Tuesday Theresa May delivered her much talked-up and widely anticipated speech on the UK’s big “plan” for leaving the EU. No big surprises, really, except that she made clear what was already implicit from …

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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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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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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 5 December 2016

This week’s catalogue of controversy includes renewed jousting over Brexit in the Supreme Court lists, a set-back for Zac in the deer park, attempts to review terror and war from a parliamentary perspective, a novelist detained, a woman shamed, and an Australian look at the US Supreme Court. So enjoy your coffee and brace yourself for the latest legal news.

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 28 November 2016

This week’s roundup of legal news and comment is mostly about sentencing for the crime of murder. It’s been a grim week for that sort of thing. We also keep an eye on legal developments abroad, where starvation, persecution and oppression leave their mark.

 

Crime: sentencing Are too many imprisoned?

There is no doubt about the need to imprison serious criminals such as murderers, as the items below attest. But do we imprison too many people for lesser …

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