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ECJ NEWS: MIGRATION, ASYLUM & THE VISEGRAD NATIONS

On the 26th July 2017, Advocate General Bot delivered his opinion (see here) to the European Court of Justice on the challenge made by Slovakia and Hungary against the provisional mechanism for the relocation of asylum seekers. The provisional mechanism was a measure taken by the Council of the European Union. The opinion recommends that the Court dismiss the challenge.…

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BREXIT NEWS

Lord Neuberger & Lord Thomas, addressing the Australian Bar Association, sought to allay concerns that Brexit would undermine the status of the City of London as a major international centre for Dispute Resolution; see here. Lord Chief Justice Thomas even described the suggestion that London would cease to be a safe international centre for Dispute Resolution as a “lie”, perpetrated…

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The Cab Rank Rule

The Bar Standards Board is expected to recommend that the cab rank rule is not extended to public access work see here; it has not so far been extended to direct access work since the relatively recent inception of direct access work. Direct access, refers to the fact that if a barrister is not authorised by the Bar Standards Board…

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CANADA AMENDS ‘HATE SPEECH LAWS TO INCLUDE ‘TRANSGENDER’ PEOPLE

Canada is due to amend its hate speech legislation to cover speech that promotes hatred on the basis of “gender identity” or “gender expression”. See here for an article that has links to the bill, the recent speech by the Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau, legal commentary and Supreme Court decisions. Whilst it easy to ridicule such a development, based on…

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Abortion Status Quo Upheld

The recent case of A and B v Secretary of State for Health, concerned women from Ulster seeking abortions in England (see here for the full judgment, dated 14th June 2017).  Presently such women are not permitted to have abortions in England on the NHS. They can have them in Ulster if they meet certain conditions which are stricter than…

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