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.
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.
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.
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.