Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

March 31, 2012 Off

Identity in a Post-Racial society

By Dónal Kearney in Miscellaneous

The outgoing head of the Church of England, Dr. Rowan Williams, has spoken out on the impact of identity politics in 21st century United Kingdom. Acknowledging the importance of civil liberty activism since the 1990s, the Archbishop of Canterbury announced that, “identity politics is all very well but we have to have some way of [...]

February 13, 2012 Off

Locked-In Syndrome & the Right to Die

By Dónal Kearney in Miscellaneous

The case of Tony Nicklinson has been in the public eye since early 2011, but it is an apt time to consider the potential – both moral and legal – of a “common law defence of necessity” to a murder charge in certain euthanasia cases. The case was heard in the High Court on 8th [...]

February 4, 2012 1

Consequences of Legal Aid reform: The struggle of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau

By Dónal Kearney in Miscellaneous

The consequences of legal aid reform in the United Kingdom are vast. Contrary to some political parties’ message, there is an alternative to these cuts. They are avoidable, and are, as such, merely part of an ideological agenda that will benefit those who are deemed by the present government to merit a certain level of [...]

January 18, 2012 Off

Question marks over the approval of breast implants

By David Lawson and Leon Glenister in Miscellaneous

Authors: David Lawson is a barrister and Public Law specialist at Hardwicke. Leon Glenister is a pupil barrister. The risks of untested and under-tested medicines are well known.  The Thalidomide scandal saw 10,000 children born with disabilities, probably because the drug was not tested on pregnant women or animals.  It was one of the early [...]

January 1, 2012 Off

Cameras in Court: justice’s loss

By Law Think in Miscellaneous

Guest blog: Maanas Jain read English at the University of Oxford, before converting to law at City University. He is currently training as a barrister in London and is due to start pupillage in October 2012. Before his legal career, he worked in parliament and for a charity advocating the Living Wage. He has since [...]

December 25, 2011 Off

Christmas Recess

By Law Think in Miscellaneous

Dear Readers, Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year! We’ll be back in the first week of 2012. Love life love law, Law Think

December 1, 2011 2

Cameras in court: justice’s gain

By Yaaser Vanderman in Miscellaneous

Lord Hewart CJ once stated, “…justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.” These enduring words have taken on a new dimension in the debate as to whether cameras, particularly video cameras, should be allowed in courts. Indeed, a modern day reinterpretation of Lord Hewart CJ’s dictum might [...]

November 16, 2011 Off

Restoring Human Dignity

By Dónal Kearney in Miscellaneous

“Restorative processes give victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, to get answers to their questions, and an apology. It lets offenders understand the real impact of what they’ve done, to take responsibility and make amends.” Restorative Justice involves a process “whereby parties with a stake in a specific offence [...]

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 [...]

July 13, 2011 Off

August Break

By Law Think in Miscellaneous

Dear LawThink Readers, August is almost upon us and, as you all know, it is a very quiet time for the law. As a result, we have decided to take a break until September after which we will be back, ready to tackle those legal issues that matter to us all.   Kind regards, LawThink