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COURT FORCES ITALY TO ACCEPT MIGRANT BOAT

A judge has overturned a decree issued by Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The decree prevented the ship 'Open Arms', which contained migrants picked up off the coast of Libya, from entering Italian waters. The judge claimed the ban violated international laws. I do not know which law or legal instrument the decree violated or why the migrants could not…

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REJECT ‘BODY POSITIVITY’; STRIVE FOR GREATNESS

In order to properly understand the recent reporting by the mainstream media on the Jason Mamoa ‘body shaming’ comments, one must look beyond the explicit messages, de construct them and look for an agenda.  Yes, Mamoa has a better than average physique even when shown in the recent photographs with less muscular definition than before (the contrast could also be…

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RESTRICTIVE COVENENTS

HERE  is a link to a recent Supreme Judgment, which contains a useful exposition on the law of restrictive covenants in employment contracts.  The Court overturned the Court of Appeal's decision, severing part of the covenant it considered to be unlawful and allowing the remainder to be enforced via injunctive relief. There is no guarantee that this would happen in…

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IS NATIONALISM A PROTECTED BELIEF?

I am involved in an employment case where the Claimant is claiming that she has been the subject of direct discrimination due to her philosophical belief, namely nationalism, contrary to the Equality Act 2010.      The Respondent has reserved it position until my client’s witness evidence has been served, but they have indicated that they are likely to concede that…

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Further Thoughts On Hate Speech Laws

I have written previously about hate speech laws, see here. In ‘The Harm in Hate Speech’ [1]Jeremy Waldron uses the concept of human dignity to justify hate speech laws.  In particular he examines the concept within the context of ‘group libel’, which he views as an attack on the dignity of members of the relevant group.[2]  He also seeks to…

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CARL BENJAMIN – DEFAMATION & BREACHES OF ELECTION LAW

The prospective MEP candidate Carl Benjamin was the subject of articles in the Sun and the Daily Mail, which claim he condones the sexual abuse and rape of young boys. Mr Benjamin alleges that the quotes have been taken out of context and pasted together from different online discussions. Furthermore, the Daily Mail have referred to messages from a fake…

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