Tag Archives: law

Bringing Rwandan génocidaires to justice 

Posted by on Monday, May 16, 2016

This month saw the opening at the Paris Cour d’assises, accompanied by a certain amount of media attention, of the trial of two elderly Rwandan gentlemen, Tito Barahira and Octavian Ngenzi. The events that led up to the trial of Barahira and Ngenzi, which started on May 12, took place more than 20 years ago, several thousands… Read More »

Are Women Taking over the Court? I hope so!

Posted by on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A few days ago the US Supreme Court heard arguments on the case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and I am excited about this. From reports it seems that the dynamics on the Supreme Court have changed significantly since Antonin Scalia’s death in February and that the three female judges on the bench gave the… Read More »

Votes for prisoners: Is it one rule for governments and nations and another for businesses?

Posted by on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

MPs have voted overwhelmingly to continue denying prisoners the right to vote. Apparently, prisoners have ‘broken their contact with society’ and this entitles society to further isolate prisoners, most of whom would probably not seek to exercise a right to vote even if they had it.  Most will also be released back into the community… Read More »

Triesman and Duchess of York: careless talk cost them their privacy

Posted by on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What do Lord Triesman and the Duchess of York have in common?  There may be several things, but the obvious one is their embarrassment at having been caught on tape saying things which, when released into the public arena, cause them damage. Lord Triesman felt compelled to resign as Chairman of the Football Association last… Read More »

Trial without jury

Posted by on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This year, the British legal system entered its newest and one of its most controversial chapters; a criminal trial without a jury.  This trial is the first Crown Court case in England and Wales to be heard by a judge alone using powers under Sections 44 and 46 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, which… Read More »

Time to bin the super injunction

Posted by on Monday, February 8, 2010

Some interesting legal points come out of the John Terry affair. First, it seems that, eventually, the High Court found, by lifting the injunction, that the freedom of the press to report under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights trumped John Terry’s Article 8 right to privacy. Much of the discussion here… Read More »

Learning from donkeys – in Nigeria

Posted by on Monday, February 1, 2010

I am writing this from Lagos in Nigeria.  It is a bustling city with many people trying to go about their everyday life but often thwarted because of lack of infrastructure.  The electricity supply is sporadic, except to those wealthy enough to be able to afford auxiliary generators. Its newspapers talk of ‘a government policy… Read More »