Claiming that they merely want to improve students' educational options, "school choice" proponents observed "National School Choice Week" over the past seven days. "School choice" may sound innocuous, but more often than not, a cryShow More Summary
In our October 2013 policy white paper on police body cameras, we struggled with how to ensure that the cameras would serve as an effective oversight mechanism for police while not unduly invading privacy. We pointed out that purelyShow More Summary
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill begins its final stages in the House of Lords today. This blog considered the Bill on its introduction to the Lords. In the interim, both the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Constitution Committee of the House of Lords have reported, both recommending significant amendments. Despite repeat flurries of […]
BB, PP, U and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 9 (23 January 2015) – read judgment This was an appeal by Algerian nationals who had been found by the Special Immigration and Appeals Commission (SIAC) to constitute a threat to UK national security, against deportation to Algeria. The appellants […]
Northamptonshire County Council v AS, KS and DS  EWFC 7 - read judgment A Family Division judge has awarded damages under the Human Rights Act against a local authority in what he described as an “unfortunate and woeful case” involving a baby taken into foster care. Mr Justice Keehan cited a “catalogue of errors, omissions, […]
The target of this barb was the case management style of HHJ Dodds. The author, one of three Judges of Appeal empanelled in Re A (Children) [29 January 2015] (we will have to await a full judgment to discover which as – so far – only a Lawtel summary is available). HHJ Dodds is well […]
When law enforcement officers stop and question people for no particular reason, or in the case of the Drug Enforcement Administration, based on a vague perception that a person exhibits "characteristics indicative of drug trafficking,"...Show More Summary
When I met Milagro and her two toddlers just a few months ago, they were locked up in a makeshift federal detention facility in the desert of Artesia, New Mexico, awaiting imminent deportation to Honduras – a near certain death sentence...Show More Summary
Unsurprisingly, the Opinion of the EU Court (just before Christmas – my post here) that the proposed accession of the EU to the ECHR on current terms would be unlawful has not gone down well in Strasbourg. An excellent post today by Tobias Lock on the Verfassungblog tells the story here, but these are the highlights. In short, […]
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe just became chairman of the African Union. That’s right, Mugabe, destroyer-of-hope, wrecker-of-the-economy, thrower-of-extravagant-birthday-parties-for-himself. You might be thinking: “This man has completely mucked up the one thing he has ever been in charge of [and again, that thing … Continue reading ?
A data analytics company collects a variety of information about individuals in New York City, including demographic data, court records, employment status, education level, age, and any history of interaction with the foster care system or use of homeless shelters (acquired from New York’s Department of Homeless Services). Show More Summary
Most law undergraduates are familiar with Jeremy Bentham’s dismissal of natural rights as “nonsense on stilts”. This is a slight misrepresentation of what he said, which was that “Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense — nonsense upon stilts“. But let’s take the stilts away and consider rights in their ordinary […]
More than 1 in 10 of the world's children live in places affected by armed conflict.
In December, I was jailed for five days simply because I couldn't afford to pay $838 in traffic fines and fees to DeKalb County and a private probation company called Judicial Correction Services, Inc. It sounds unbelievable, but that's...Show More Summary
(AP Photo/Vincent Thian) Activists wave Malaysian flags during a protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's Malaysia visit, outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, April 25, 2014. T he late Dr. Show More Summary
On 7 January 2015 District Judge Mort of the Court of Protection approved a £60,000 settlement agreement reached between Essex County Council and Mr P ( EWCOP 1). For a discussion of the case generally see Rosalind English’s post here. With a significant backlog of care home cases in the Court of Protection, P’s case […]
The new chairman of a powerful Senate committee wants to ensure that the full Senate torture report, the executive summary of which was released in December last year, never sees the light of day. And he may be getting help from the CIA. Sen. Show More Summary
This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. We republish it here as part of "American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies," a conference presented on January 15, 2015, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The American Prospect. Show More Summary
The conflict between respect for faith and freedom of expression has been a hot topic in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks. But somehow the story of Tamil writer Perumal Murugan hasn’t made much of an impression outside of India. Earlier this month, … Continue reading ?
It seems basic enough to ask that one be treated like a human being – that a person’s dignity be honored in life and death. But tragically for too many transgender people that is still a far off dream. The past few weeks have witnessed another series of horrors for the transgender community. Show More Summary