5 05, 2020

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Accidental Incest

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By Sylvie Armstrong, European University Institute Two strangers meet, fall in love, marry. This is a well-known narrative; something many aspire to and indeed experience. What should the legal position be, however, when it transpires that someone’s spouse, unbeknownst to them, is not a genetic stranger at all?   The question of whether gamete donors [...]

20 04, 2020

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Friend or Foe?

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By Jo Smith, features writer for the Immigration Advice Service; an organisation of immigration lawyers in the UK, Ireland and the US.   Whenever the future is depicted in sci-fi films or the media, technology tends to feature prominently as an aide to daily life. From robots that perform routine and mundane tasks to advanced [...]

14 04, 2020

Gender Diversity and Doctorates

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by James Hand, Portsmouth Law School, University of Portsmouth     Ahead of last year’s 100th Anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 and this year’s 100th anniversary of Ivy Williams becoming the first woman legal academic and the 50th anniversary of Claire Palley becoming the first women to be appointed to a professorship [...]

6 04, 2020

Social Distancing From and In a Gendered World

By | April 6th, 2020|Blog Posts|1 Comment

by Flora Renz, Kent Law School, University of Kent   Writing in the middle of a global pandemic it seems increasingly difficult to focus on other concerns beyond the immediate threat to our collective health and survival. But is there something our response to Covid-19 can reveal about the ways in which our lives, before, during [...]

26 02, 2020

The Living Law of Free Speech

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By Roger Cotterrell, QMUL.   Photograph by Brian O'Connor   Law in liberal democratic societies glorifies freedom of speech but some legal limitations are readily accepted. For example, law prohibits incitement to religious or racial hatred or hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, provides civil remedies against defamation, and defines offences that penalise speech liable [...]

18 02, 2020

Environmental Civil Disobedience – Extinction Rebellion and Global Revolt

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By James Greenwood-Reeves, School of Law, University of Leeds     The rebellion has begun. Or so it seems. Extinction Rebellion (“XR”) has become an unmistakable brand in the field of environmental activism, in the UK and internationally. Beyond mere notoriety, they have raised public awareness and heightened public discourse about the climate catastrophe facing [...]

23 07, 2019

How can legal scholars study cultures far from our own?: What I’m reading

By | July 23rd, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

by Tamara Hervey, School of Law, University of Sheffield. An extended version is at ablendedlifeblog How do you study a culture far from your own? I don’t mean geographically far. The cultures I’m trying to understand are close to home: in the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. What I’m talking of is social [...]

12 07, 2019

Fluctuating intensities: Thinking about gender through other socio-legal categories

By | July 12th, 2019|Blog Posts|2 Comments

Flora Renz, Lecturer in Law, University of Kent How can we move beyond current contentious debates around the role of gender? Is it possible to (re)imagine gender within the legal sphere in a way that does not conceive it as either solely oppressive or purely self-determined? To address these questions I will draw on some [...]

3 07, 2019

Sound, Noise, Distinguish? The relationship between sound and intellectual property law

By | July 3rd, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

by Shane Burke, Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University Sound Sound, as noted by Brandon LaBelle, through its intrinsic nature ‘disrespects borders, thereby making explicit the intensity of territory.’ He also states that in our efforts to capture and commodify sound we engage in a profound process through which we ‘toy with the present, undo origin and [...]

13 06, 2019

Autonomy, Rights and Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in England and Scotland: Research Report Launched

By | June 13th, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Neville Harris, Professor of Law, University of Manchester The Rights of Children with ASN: From Paper to Practice from Rare Bird on Vimeo. The report of an ESRC funded Anglo-Scottish research project on the rights of children and young people with special and educational needs and disabilities (SEND) (England) or additional support needs (ASN) (Scotland) [...]