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Book review: Blackstone’s Guide to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, by Simon McKay

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA) is the latest step in bringing the hitherto unknown surveillance activities of the State into the light and under statutory control through ‘world-leading oversight’, or — depending on your point of view — the “the most intrusive surveillance regime of any democracy” that legitimises the surveillance State. (The former was how then Home Secretary Amber Rudd described it in a departmental press release; the latter was the reaction of the human rights campaign group, Liberty.) Continue reading

Book review: Rewriting children’s rights judgments

Helen Stalford, Kathryn Hollingsworth and Stephen Gilmore (eds), Rewriting children’s rights judgments: from academic vision to new practice (Hart publishing, 2017) Reviewed by David Burrows   Judgments from a children’s perspective The authors describe their aim in Rewriting children’s rights judgments as of revisiting existing case law and redrafting judgements from a children’s rights perspective. Continue reading

Book review: Judge Walden – Back in session, by Peter Murphy

Paul Magrath reviews the second volume of Peter Murphy’s  entertaining short stories about the Resident Judge of Bermondsey Crown Court This second volume of short stories about Charlie Walden, the resident judge of Bermondsey Crown Court, confirms his status as one of the enduring characters of legal fiction. But although the tales are told with Continue reading

Law in art: the judgement of Solomon

Depictions of the English legal system in art are rather less common than, say, its appearances in legal dramas or novels. This is surprising, given the opportunities it affords for the study of human nature in crisis. But one artist who has done justice to the subject is the 19th century British painter, Abraham Solomon. “Waiting for Continue reading

Book review: Walden of Bermondsey, by Peter Murphy

Reviewed by Paul Magrath His Honour Judge Walden is the resident judge (RJ) at Bermondsey Crown Court. This means that as well as conducting an unusually interesting variety of cases, he has to manage the court staff and facilities, and juggle the lists to ensure a fair distribution of work to his judicial colleagues – Continue reading