Archive for the ‘Legal/political philosophy’ Category

January 5, 2012 Off

Can one ever satisfy the assisted suicide debate?

By Leon Glenister in Legal/political philosophy, Right to privacy

Leon Glenister was part of a consultation group at the University of Cambridge which responded to the DPP’s interim policy on prosecuting assisted suicide in late 2009. Today, the Commission on Assisted Dying published their report. In a well-researched and well-reasoned paper, the Commission set out a possible framework for a law that allows assisted [...]

October 23, 2011 Off

Libyan ‘victory’: The demise of the ICC?

By Dónal Kearney in Legal/political philosophy, Right to fair trial

Reports of Muammar Gaddafi’s death have been widely discussed since lunchtime on Thursday 20th October 2011, and calls for an inquiry are already resounding across the internet. What is known is that Gaddafi was captured by rebel forces in a drainage pipe after his convoy was attacked, and he was subsequently announced dead. User-generated content (UGC) [...]

September 14, 2011 Off

Should there ever be a duty to help another in danger?

By Leon Glenister in Legal/political philosophy, Miscellaneous

Kingston Crown Court recently heard a mother, Nova Whiting-Willet, was beaten in front of her child on a London bus when she refused to move her pushchair. The most shocking aspect of this assault is that it occurred in front of other passengers who not only refused to intervene, but even stepped over the victim [...]

May 25, 2011 8

Did John Hemming breach the rule of law?

By Leon Glenister in Legal/political philosophy

On Monday, John Hemming MP got round the court injunction against naming a footballer, whom Imogen Thomas allegedly had an affair with, using parliamentary privilege. Much has been written on the topic already, and many have claimed this is a breach of the ‘rule of law’. If this is the case, it brings into the [...]

April 12, 2011 6

Will banning the burqa really set you free?

By Yaaser Vanderman in Legal/political philosophy, Right to religion

On Monday, the French ban on Muslim women wearing burqas finally entered into force under the auspices of The Bill Prohibiting Facial Dissimulation in a Public Place. As a result, you are no longer allowed to ‘dissimulate’ your face in public, a phrase I am convinced has never been used before. Perhaps the most interesting, [...]

December 15, 2010 Off

The tuition fee increases: a Rawlsian analysis

By Leon Glenister in Legal/political philosophy

Still a student, I have been caught up in the debate about tuition fees. An initial thought was that those involved in protests should read the government’s proposals before forming a view (I’m not convinced the majority have), but that is by-the-by. In brief, the government propose raising university tuition fees, allowing universities to charge [...]