Does The European Court of Human Rights defend Democracy?

The relationship between the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the UK Parliament and our national courts is complex and problematic. The 2012 Brighton Declaration called for ‘information, proposals and views’ on reforming the Strasbourg court. Subsequently, in 2014, The Council of Europe identified weaknesses at the ECHR including a backlog of cases, an inadequate level of resources and...
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What Price Justice?

In the recent Court of Appeal (CA) case of Lindner v. Rawlins, reported in the Times Law Reports on 7th April 2015 and for which judgment was given on 10th February 2015, three CA judges heard the appeal of a litigant in person from whom legal aid had been withdrawn. As the case involved issues of legal complexity that the litigant could not be expected to deal with and as he was not...
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Where Crime and Commerce Collide

Every year, thousands of victims are targeted by sophisticated career criminals often using advanced technology to promote fraudulent financial schemes to the estimated value of about £500m. On average, an innocent victim loses about £20,000 although one of the largest individual losses amounted to £6m. The National Fraud Authority, the Financial Services Authority, the City of London’s Economic...
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Freedom, the Law & the Individual

Part 1: Protesters at St Pauls Cathedral, London. Aspects of the current state of the law relating to public protest and demonstration were considered in the recent high-profile case of The Mayor, Commonality and Citizens of the City of London v. Tammy Samede & Others. The Court of Appeal confirmed that possession orders and injunctions removing demonstrators from the site outside St Pauls...
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