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    Brexit and English Choice of Court Agreements: A Survey of the Post-Referendum Legal Landscape

    This blog post has benefited from the feedback received following the author’s presentation at the "Changes and Challenges in Cross-Border Litigation - A Post-Referendum View from the UK" conference on 7 October 2016 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. A research paper on the topic under consideration will also appear in the forthcoming Special Brexit issue of the European Business Law Review.

  • Worker Status and Uber: understanding when a worker is a worker

    There has been a significant rise in recent years in the use of “on demand” services (often referred to as the “gig economy”), fuelled in part by the development in technology making such services widely available and easy to use, and the desire for flexible services to be arranged around busy lifestyles. The most recognisable provider in this sector is Uber.

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    Lord Justice Ryder Law School Lecture - 'The Context of Change'

    The Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of the Tribunals delivered a lecture at the Law School on 'The Context of Change' on Friday 28th October 2016.

  • Kosovo and its highest courts: At the coalface of transitional constitutionalism

    The German professor on my right is banging his fist on the desk, making a good point loudly. On my far right is the President of the Kosovo Supreme Court. To my left is the President of the Kosovo Constitutional Court. Judges of both of these two courts are sitting at tables perpendicular to mine, facing each other like opposing quiz teams.

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    Now you see them now you don’t? The battle to block online child sexual abuse images

    Siobhan Weare and Suzanne Ost examine the recent blocking of online child sexual abuse images by Google and Microsoft. They agree that although this is clearly a step in the right direction in attempting to combat such abuse, it is one which only scrapes the surface.

  • The welfare principle in action: Best interests and the MMR vaccination - F v F [2013] EWHC 2683 (Fam)

    On 12 October 2013 the Family Division of the High Court published a judgment which had been handed down in private on 5 September 2013 concerning an application from a father for a specific issue order under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 requiring that his 15 year old (L) and 11 year old (M) daughters received the MMR vaccination. Dr Sara Fovargue considers the case and its implications.

  • Conflict Prevention and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    Dr Amanda Cahill Ripley presents research at key human rights and conflict events in Geneva.

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    Britain has left the EU: Message from the Head of School

    The decision by the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union is one of the most dramatic decisions taken in recent years. The decision has undoubtedly created a degree of uncertainty, not least because it will take several years for the full implications of this to be resolved.

  • United Nations Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems

    I recently had the chance to visit the United Nations Office at Geneva, with some funding from Lancaster University Law School (my PhD is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership). I was there to observe the Informal Meeting of Experts 2016 on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS), which is discussed under the auspices of the Certain Conventional Weapons Convention (CCW).

  • Some thoughts on the Philippines/China arbitration and the future of the South China Sea disputes

    The Philippines/China arbitration has entered its final phase. The Arbitral Tribunal established under Annex V of the Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC) delivered its award on jurisdiction and admissibility on 29th October 2015, and the merits hearing was concluded on 30th November. The award on remaining issues of jurisdiction and the merits is expected in 2016.