“If our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we’ll change the laws so that we can do it.”

This was the statement that was met by cheers, applause and approval from a sea of people propping up ‘VOTE CONSERVATIVE’ signs. It was delivered unfalteringly of course, an important part of responding to a series of terrorist attacks that had claimed lives and shaken a nation. Theresa May’s words however went one step beyond reassurance. She did not create a narrative explaining why British-born citizens were pandering to extremist views. She did not explain why the Westminster Bridge, Manchester, London Bridge, Borough Market and Finsbury Park attackers fell through the cracks of her Prevent duty. In other words, she did not look back and evaluate her current policy. She did not attempt to see beyond ‘ideology’ as the undercurrent of these attacks. Instead, she told us that laws were dispensable. Continue reading

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Parliament; an unlikely suspect of our acid attack frenzy

In Hobbes’ Leviathan, three principal causes of violence were identified: competition, diffidence and glory. The logic of the Leviathan is that a monopoly of violence by the nation state reduces the incentive to be violent. As Steven Pinker famously argues in A Better Angels of Our Nature, this was one of the five historical forces that led to the decline of violence over the centuries. Even if we accept that homicide rates, cruel and unusual punishments and superstitious killings are lower than before, we struggle to fit this narrative around acid attacks. Continue reading

President Trump, Rule of Law and the Separation of Powers

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Donald Trump has been all over headlines since the moment he began holding the office of POTUS (and before that even). There has been concern that President Trump could really implement some of the more controversial policies he professed during his campaign. Looking towards his executive orders, that concern seems justified, but just how bad can President Trump be? He does seem to be spearheading a challenge against abstract rights, but does he have the legal right to implement such policies? Even if he does, would a President Trump be practically/politically be able to implement some of his more controversial policies?
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Age is no barrier to work or success

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For some of us a birthday can be a reminder of another year passed and our career goals yet to be achieved. The subject of age can also be a sensitive topic in the workplace and in everyday life. I have sometimes found when going to open evenings at law firms or researching into law firms that there is a slight preference for younger graduates as trainees who will be easier to mould into the image of the firm. I should say this is not indicative of all law firms and many recognise the contribution and experience that older trainees can bring. Continue reading