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News: Scottish Law Commission published Defamation Law Consultation

Yesterday the Scottish Law Commission published a <i>Discussion Paper on Defamation</i> [pdf]. This summarises the current Scots defamation law and poses a …

Thai fortune teller held under royal defamation law found dead

A Thai fortune teller held under the country’s strict lese-majesty laws has died in military custody, officials have said. It is the second time within weeks that a high-profile figure detained in a largely secret investigation has been found dead.<p>Thai authorities said Suriyan Sucharitpolwong, …

Royal Family

Thai King Bhumibol's dog Tongdaeng dies, amid defamation case

The death comes just days after a factory worker was charged for making "sarcastic" online remarks about the royal canine. The worker, also facing …

U.S. envoy Glyn Davies faces probe over Thailand's royal defamation law

<b>(CNN) —</b> Thai police have opened an inquiry into remarks made by the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn Davies during a speech at the Foreign Correspondents' Club Thailand (FCCT).<p>The comments may have fallen foul of Thailand's strict "lese majeste" laws, which relate to defamation against the …

Explainer: The New European Union Law Protecting Over A Million Children In Court

<b>On Wednesday, 9th March 2016, the EU Parliament in Strasbourg voted, in an overwhelming majority of 613 votes to 30 (with 56 abstentions), to pass a</b> …

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Belgian lawmakers to vote on world's first death on demand law which would mean no doctor could stop a patient who wants to die

• <b>Law is said to have high chance of getting support from parliamentarians</b>• <b><br>Would mean doctors have to approve in seven days person wanting to die</b>• <b><br>Or they</b> …

Don’t let lawyers’ reputation go the way of politicians’ – Woolf

A former lord chief justice - and one of the architects of the modern civil justice system - has expressed public concern that the reputation of the …

EU deal: A hard-headed calculation to avoid Brexit

<b>Reino Unido, Grossbritannien, Storbritannien, Grande-Bretagne - whichever corner of this overcrowded, shouty press centre you stumbled through the last couple of days at this European summit you heard "Great Britain" being reported on - loudly and with lots of gesticulating hand movements in a</b> …

Cameron calls British referendum on UK's EU membership for June 23

<b>(CNN) —</b> Now the campaign for the future of Britain, the argument over its place in the world, really begins. The day of decision is just four months away.<p>Once the seat of a global empire on which, as it was said, the sun never set, the United Kingdom faces a stark choice: whether to continue to …

Soaring court fees 'will discourage ordinary people from seeking justice'

Soaring court fees will discourage “ordinary” people from seeking justice, while the rich will be undeterred, England and Wales’ most senior civil …

Michael Gove

Abortion: NI justice minister to appeal High Court ruling

<b>Stormont's justice minister is lodging an appeal to a High Court ruling that abortion law in Northern Ireland is "incompatible" with human rights law.</b><p>David Ford said he was concerned that a lack of "legal certainty" could lead inadvertently to abortion on demand.<p>In December, a judge ruled the law …

Heterosexual couple lose civil partnership court challenge

Court rules Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, who want to secure legal recognition of their relationship, are not being descriminated against<p>A heterosexual couple who want to enter into a civil partnership rather than marry have lost a challenge at the High Court.<p>Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles …

New Russian law protects it from culpability over Flight MH17

Russia is unlikely to compensate the families of 298 people who died in crash over Ukraine<p>Wed, Feb 3, 2016, 01:00<p>With the findings of the criminal …

Feature: The dark history behind Britain’s first anti-gay law

Author and journalist David Boyle writes for PinkNews about how homosexuality came to be outlawed in the UK.<p>It was Saturday 6 April 1895. The weather …

Constitutional row as UK Government plans to use Scots councils as frontline in its war against illegal immigrants

But the move has sparked a major constitutional row over the impact it would have on devolved legislation.<p>The Law Society of Scotland has also said …

Abuse of diplomatic immunity has to stop

Wealthy people such as Saudi diplomat Walid Juffali cannot be allowed to take advantage of this privilege to protect themselves from the law<p>The most borrowed new book at the United Nations’ headquarters library last year was a curious title: <i>Immunity of Heads of State and State Officials for</i> …

How the UK's Legal High Ban Will Harm Users and Help Dealers

Two case studies in different areas of the UK demonstrate that a blanket ban on all psychoactive substances isn't going to have nearly the kind of effect the Home Office believes it will.<p>Around 15 months ago, the main head shop in Blackburn, England stopped selling legal highs. After pressure from …