Category Archives: Law & Justice

Conspicuous Sumption

On 20th November 2013 Lord Sumption of the UK Supreme Court gave a lecture in Kuala Lumpur, entitled The Limits of the Law. It is well worth reading. The Supreme Court is rapidly developing into a full-scale constitutional court with … Continue reading

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Cruel Britannia by Ian Cobain

Anyone wanting an outline of the bi-polar disorder that affects official thinking about torture in particular and human rights in general should read Ian Cobain’s Cruel Britannia (Portobello Books, November 2012), and cross-refer to Lord Bingham’s The Rule of Law … Continue reading

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An Idiot’s Guide to Self-Defence

The law of self-defence is clear and based on common experience. In 1971 the Privy Council in the leading case of Palmer v R [1971] AC 814 held that It is both good law and good sense that a man who is … Continue reading

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New Immigration Laws: Miaow!

The Home Office’s Statement of Intent: Family Migration (June 2012) sets out the Government’s plans to reduce the number of immigrants coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (and those staying here, especially if they have committed … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Joint Enterprise

The Lord Chief Justice is the UK’s most senior judge and has particular responsibility for the administration of criminal justice in the Courts. When suggests that the ‘fiendishly difficult’ law of murder needs reform, you might think that people would … Continue reading

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DEPORTATION & FAMILY LIFE

This a true story about deportation and family life. M came to the UK in 2005 from the Indian subcontinent as a student. He had a visa until 2008. While at college he got a part-time job, as allowed by … Continue reading

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The Scarman Report – 30 Years On

A month on, the riots begin to look like an outbreak of midsummer madness – not the Götterdämmerung as imagined by the right, not the backlash of the oppressed as wishfully thought on the left: but something hard to describe … Continue reading

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