Greater Glasgow Health Board v. Doogan and Wood  UKSC 68 – read judgment here. The Supreme Court recently handed down its judgment in an interesting and potentially controversial case concerning the interpretation of the conscientious objection clause in the Abortion Act 1967. Overturning the Inner House of the Court of Session’s ruling, the Court held […]
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Using the inherent jurisdiction against Child Sexual Exploitation: Birmingham City Council v Riaz & Ors, 15 December 2014, read judgment As prefigured on this Blog here, Keehan J has handed down a public Judgment explaining how he used the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court to make novel and far-reaching Orders against ten men. The inherent jurisdiction is […]
O n this Christmas eve, the most important article of the day is undoubtedly this piece by Daniel Drezner on a deeply disturbing development in American society, namely, the War on Jewish Christmas: Chinese food and a movie. Perfectly pleasant rituals, made special by the fact that the Gentiles are all at home or at church. Show More Summary
By Gerald Gray, LCSW, Institute for Redress and Recovery Just released US Torture Papers focus on torture in interrogation, ostensibly for defense of the country. The US also tortures another way, not for defense but for regional control by terror. … Please continue reading.
Emily Herx never imagined that she could lose her job for trying to get pregnant. But after working for more than seven years as a literature and language arts teacher at a Catholic school in Indiana, she was shocked to learn that her...Show More Summary
Kansas governor Sam Brownback had a plan when he got elected in 2010, and it was a plan that could only be enacted in a place like Kansas: Pass huge tax cuts, then watch the state transform into a kind of economic heaven on earth. Brownback...Show More Summary
When we arrived at the U.S. border, I felt relieved because I thought we were finally safe. But immigration officials took my daughter and me to a place out in the middle of nothing in Artesia, New Mexico, where we were housed in trailers surrounded by barbed wire fences and cut off from the rest of the world. Show More Summary
This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. L ast week, I wrote a piece in this space lamenting the fact that so many Democratshad voted for a budget package that gutted a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. The so called...Show More Summary
This article was originally published by the Economic Policy Institute at their website, epi.org, under the title "The Top 10 Charts of 2014." T his last year saw the pace of job growth pick up, a welcome development. Yet the economy remains far from healthy. Show More Summary
Serial, the pop culture podcast phenomenon, isn't just a well-produced and addictive listening experience (though it is both of those things). By questioning the validity of some criminal justice procedures and educating its listeners...Show More Summary
In the summer of my freshman year I got the courage to tell my mother something that I had known for a long time. I told her that I was a boy. She had nothing but love and support for me. By the time school started, I was ready to go back as my true self – Gavin Elliot Grimm. At the beginning of the school year, I used the nurse's bathroom. Show More Summary
This piece originally appeared at Slate. As bad as the stories in the Senate torture report are, there is a whole class of victims who aren't even mentioned. The executive summary released last week makes only passing reference to an...Show More Summary
Calls for a criminal investigation into the Bush-era torture program described in the Senate report released earlier this month are beginning to mount. The ACLU and Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent a letter today to the Justice Department,...Show More Summary
International Stem Cell Corporation v Comptroller General of Patents  EUECJ C-364-13, 18 December 2014 – read judgment This was a referral to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) requesting clarification of Article 6(2) of Directive 98/44/EC protecting biotechnological inventions (“the Biotech Directive”). Show More Summary
Opinion of CJEU, 18 December 2014 – read Opinion Well, here’s a thing. The EU top court in Luxembourg has decided that it is somehow against the EU treaties for it to defer in specific instances to the other European top dog, the ECtHR in Strasbourg. Accession of the EU to the ECHR has been a […]
B arack Obama has some reason to crow about the direction the economy has been moving lately. As he said in his press conference on Friday, "as a country, we have every right to be proud of what we've accomplished: more jobs, more people...Show More Summary
By: Shaudee Dehghan, Humera Durrani, Lisa Mueller-Dormann, Sarah Rubiaco Upon disembarking from the ferry it immediately became clear to all of us why Ai Weiwei chose the island to showcase his exhibit. The island’s ominous history as a military fortress, … Please continue reading.
Who’s ready for 2014 to be over? This week: Over a hundred people in a single Cambodian village tested positive for HIV. According to The Cambodia Daily, an unlicensed local doctor is suspected of spreading the virus through improper needle use; ISIS … Continue reading ?
One of the things that bugged me about the movie "Avatar" (I know, I know) was the idea that 150 years in the future, someone who had suffered a spinal injury would be rolling around in a wheelchair, and getting him new legs would be so expensive that only some people would be able to afford it. Show More Summary