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The Big Fat Gypsy Judicial Review

Traveller Movement v Ofcom and Channel 4, EWHC 406 (Admin), 20 February 2015 – read judgment

One of the nation’s great televisual fascinations last week became the unlikely subject of an Administrative Court judgment that demonstrates the limits of common law standards of fairness, as well as the lightness of touch applied by the courts when reviewing the decision-making of the media regulator. 1,523 more words

Human Rights

Critics of Islam prevented from entering UK to attend Lee Rigby rally

Geller and another, R (on the application of) v  The Secretary of State for the Home Department EWCA Civ – read judgment

This short case involves the old dilemma of public order law: whether it is right to shut down speech when the speaker himself does not intend to incite violence, but whose presence it is said may lead third parties to commit violence. 1,130 more words

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Strasbourg: Grand Chamber Hears Armenian "Genocide denial" case of Perinçek v Switzerland

On 29 January 2015, the Grand Chamber held a hearing in the Article 10 case of Perinçek v Switzerland.  The case has been particularly controversial because, in the course of its… 286 more words

Freedom Of Expression

Is an FOI request from an investigative journalist ever vexatious?

Last week, in the Court of Appeal, the indefatigable, if rather hyperbolic, Mr Dransfield was trying to convince three judges that his request, made long ago, to Devon County Council, for information on Lightning Protection System test results relating to a pedestrian bridge at Exeter Chiefs Rugby Ground, was not vexatious. 1,033 more words

Freedom Of Information

Cracking intercepts: the war on terror and difficulties with Human Rights

Liberty v Government Communications Headquarters ( IPT/13/77/H); Privacy International v FCO and others (IPT/13/92/CH); American Civil Liberties Union v Government Communications Headquarters (IPT/13/168-173/H); Amnesty International Ltd v The Security Service and others (IPT/13/194/CH); Bytes for All v FCO (IPT/13/204/CH), The Investigatory Powers Tribunal  UKIPTrib 13_77-,  5 December 2014 –  3,166 more words

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Government may weigh rights against national security without courts' interference

R (on the application of Lord Carlile of Berriew QC and others) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)  UKSC 60 – read judgment… 2,552 more words

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