Under the Climate Change Act 2008, the UK has made a binding commitment to an immensely ambitious and costly programme of ‘decarbonisation’ so that (let us allow for the purposes of argument) its anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in 2050 will be 80% less than they were in 1990.
In March 2015 a group of seven School of Law students and one staff member visited Lancaster University’s partner campus in Accra, Ghana as part of the Lancaster-Ghana Ambassadors scheme. They were accompanied by staff and students from Linguistics and Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR) and followed an intensive programme of educational and networking activities.
Staff at the European Children’s Rights Unit (University of Liverpool) and elsewhere are involved in Children’s Rights Judgments – a project to progress the use of a children’s rights approach in judgment writing.
In July of 2013 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued a ruling in the case Maktouf and Damjanovic vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina, concerning the non-retroactive application of criminal law to war crimes cases, which had tremendous negative consequences on post conflict justice efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B-H).
Since the outbreak of pro-reform protests in Bahrain in early 2011 security forces have deployed an unprecedented amount of tear gas resulting in the deaths of numerous individuals.
Even those, like myself, who in principle support the culling of wild animals in support of improving the welfare of livestock will be, as I have been, reduced to despair by the DEFRA Independent Expert Panel’s evaluation of the pilot badger culls in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset which was published last month. DEFRA implemented the culls on the basis that they would be humane and effective, but, though it expresses itself in the most restrained fashion, the Panel shows that everything that was predicted to go wrong with the culls has gone wrong.
On 31st March 2014, the International Court of Justice delivered its long-awaited judgment in the Whaling in the Antarctic case between Australia and Japan concerning the legality of the whaling activities of the latter in the Southern Ocean.
Dr James Summers examines the international legal position of Russia’s occupation of the Crimean region of the Ukraine and the possible status of the peninsula following from this. On 27 February Russian forces, wearing balaclavas to hide their identity, are believed to have moved beyond Russian naval facilities on the peninsula to take control of public buildings, airports and highways linking it with the rest of the Ukraine.
Dr Siobhan Weare comments on the recent child sexual abuse case involving Lost Prophets singer Ian Watkins and two female co-perpetrators. She suggests that the importance of the case lies in the fact that two women were involved in carrying out the sexual abuse alongside Watkins.