Dr Amanda Cahill Ripley presents research at key human rights and conflict events in Geneva.
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.
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).
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.
M and Mrs N v Bury Clinical Commissioning Group  EWCOP 76 (Fam) Last Thursday, in a significant judgement in the Court of Protection, Hayden J granted an application allowing the medical team caring for a patient in the minimally conscious state (MCS) to withdraw life-sustaining treatment (clinically assisted nutrition and hydration – CANH).
The rejection of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s plans to cut expenditure on tax credits by the House of Lords has been portrayed as being a personal political blow to George Osborne. The rejection of Osborne’s proposals in favour of a slower pace of cuts and the development of transitional protection for existing recipients, however, is more than the consequence of political hubris
Dr Sarah Beresford summarises the conference, From Scolds to Trolls; Social and Legal Responses to Visible and Audible Women', held by the Centre of Law and Society at Lancaster University on 15th September 2015.
R (on the application of IM and MM) v. Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority  EWHC 1706 (Admin)
The relationship between medical practice and criminal law is much closer than many realise. Doctors are permitted to do things that others are not, provided that what they do is regarded as ‘proper medical treatment’.
As sex industry research expands, so too do sex work preconceptions. A popular stereotype and ‘myth’ is that men are always the sex purchasers, and women the service providers. However, a recent study by Lancaster University demonstrates women buy sexual services too, in a range of settings and scenarios.