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Unmarried Partners Must Testify Against Each Other

A recent case has concluded by saying that unmarried partners must testify against each other and cannot opt-out of appearing before the court. In the case of JC v MC, the Gardai charged the two brothers, the eponymous JC and…

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US Supreme Court Enforces Transgender Ban

The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, has allowed President Trump’s policy restricting transgender people from joining the military. The judges commonly classified as conservative -Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorusch, and Kavanaugh- all gave a positive…

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Mental Health Commission Rejects Claims of Discriminatory Remarks

Ashimedua Okonkwo, a solicitor based in Balbriggan, has claimed that the Mental Health Commission tribunal subjected her to discriminatory remarks because she is ‘a woman and a black African’. The tribunal was considering the continued detention of a woman under…

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England’s Difficulty and Ireland’s opportunity?

The Law Reform Commission held its annual conference on 14th November. The theme this year was Brexit and Law Reform in Ireland. While the negotiations continue to eke out minute details of a post-Brexit world, the Law Reform Commission decided…

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Prodigal Son gets Prodigous Award

Do your parents have to provide for you in their will? According to the latest result in the High Court, yes they do. The case of K v K came before the court this week. The case concerned a fraternal…

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ECHR Rules Arrest of Russian Activist Violated his Rights

Alexei Navalny is a Russian political activist and lawyer, who is also currently the leader of the Russia of the Future party. According to the New York Times, he is “arguably Vladimir’s most serious foe,”, though the Russian government has…

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Stuart Olding Seeks To Reclaim Costs From Paddy Jackson Trial

In the few months that have ensued post the controversial Paddy Jackson- Stuart Olding Rape trial, various other contentious issues have followed. Firstly, there was heated debate about the judgment, the trial process and particularly rape culture in Ireland. Then…

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Keeping Politics To The Politicians

Last November, financial markets worldwide braced themselves as Donald Trump barged his way into the Oval Office, using not much more than braggadocious remarks and a deep wallet. Despite the initial 7% drop in US equities, things picked up as…

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When Free Speech Comes At A Price

Oliver Wendell Holmes famously wrote ‘The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic’. The day before Ireland’s population voting to repeal the blasphemy law, the…

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EU To Update Audio-Visual Media Services Legislation

On 2 October, the EU voted to update their regulations regarding Audiovisual Media Services. With 452 votes for the changes and a mere 132 against, it’s evident that this is a strongly felt topic within parliament, but what are the…

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United Kingdom to introduce abortion decriminalisation bill

MPs in Westminster launched a bid to introduce a bill which would decriminalise abortion later this month. Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Hull North, announced her intention to introduce this bill. A coalition of MPs from five different parties is…

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Let Them Eat Cake? A Case of Bakery Discrimination

This case began in 2014 when Gareth Lee went to the Belfast-based baking company and requested that they bake him a cake adorned with the message ‘Support Gay Marriage’ along with the logo for Queerspace, and the puppets Bert and…