When is Mass Surveillance Justified? The CJEU Clarifies the Law in Privacy International and Other Cases

Photo by Matthew Henry Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law, University of Essex Background This case concerns the collection of bulk communications data (BCD) from network operators by the security and intelligence agencies (SIAs).  It formed part of an action brought by Privacy International challenging the SIAs’ acquisition, use, retention, disclosure, storage and deletion of bulk … Continue reading When is Mass Surveillance Justified? The CJEU Clarifies the Law in Privacy International and Other Cases

University of Essex Academics Respond to the European Commission Consultation on Digital Cultural Heritage

Photo by Roman Kraft Professor Stavroula Karapapa, University of Essex, School of Law Digitisation has enabled access to and availability of cultural heritage to an extent previously unknown and, in addition, it has enhanced preservation and modern research opportunities, e.g. through text mining and data analytics. The availability of and access to cultural materials in … Continue reading University of Essex Academics Respond to the European Commission Consultation on Digital Cultural Heritage

Call for Papers – Early Career Workshop: Critical Perspectives on Global Law and the Environment

Photo by Headway Join us for this online workshop, which aims to bring together scholars to support the development of research. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars at an early stage in their careers to support the development of research on critical perspectives on global law and the environment. The workshop will … Continue reading Call for Papers – Early Career Workshop: Critical Perspectives on Global Law and the Environment

The New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum and the Global Compact on Refugees and Solutions

TabareyBarey Camp in Niger By Geoff Gilbert, Professor of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, University of Essex, Chair of the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network The United Nations Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) of 2018 is a document that tries to embrace all aspects of forcible displacement across international borders in the 21st century. This review of the new EU … Continue reading The New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum and the Global Compact on Refugees and Solutions

Reviewing Judicial Review: The Constitutional Importance of the Independent Review of Administrative Law 2020

Photo credited to https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Lonpicman Prof Theodore Konstadinides (Professor of Law, University of Essex), Lee Marsons (Postgraduate Research Student, University of Essex) and Prof Maurice Sunkin (Professor of Law, University of Essex) Last year, the Government committed itself to establishing a Commission on the Constitution, Democracy and Rights, which would consider reform of the UK’s constitutional order, … Continue reading Reviewing Judicial Review: The Constitutional Importance of the Independent Review of Administrative Law 2020

If I could turn back time: the confusion between two TENETs and the role of trade marks

Image from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated “mind-bending” film Tenet was released in the UK in late August 2020 to mixed reviews. Nevertheless, it performed well internationally. This is not, however, surprising for Nolan, whose blockbusters Inception, Dunkirk and The Dark Knight trilogy saw … Continue reading If I could turn back time: the confusion between two TENETs and the role of trade marks

Essex Expertise Informs Facial Recognition Decision

The expertise and leading-edge research of three Essex academics has informed a landmark judgment on police use of facial recognition. On Tuesday 11 August, the Court of Appeal delivered its judgment in a case brought by civil liberties campaigner Ed Bridges and the campaigning organisation Liberty, challenging a previous decision in favour of South Wales Police. Mr Bridges, … Continue reading Essex Expertise Informs Facial Recognition Decision

The Coronavirus Act 2020 and Guidance Governing Social Relationships and Communication: An Orwellian Dystopia or a Protective Bubble?

Photo by Unsplash On 10 September 2020, Dr Samantha Davey, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, presented her paper entitled ‘The Coronavirus Act 2020 and Guidance Governing Social Relationships and Communication: An Orwellian Dystopia or a Protective Bubble?’ at the digital conference ‘Are Emergency Measures in Response to COVID-19 a Threat to Democracy? … Continue reading The Coronavirus Act 2020 and Guidance Governing Social Relationships and Communication: An Orwellian Dystopia or a Protective Bubble?

Supporting the Colombian Transitional Justice Process

Image by Pixabay GCRF@Essex interview questions: Prof. Sabine Michalowski and Prof. Clara Sandoval-Villalba Partners/organisations: Dejusticia, a Colombian Think-Do-Tank What is your research about? Colombia and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army; Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) signed a comprehensive peace agreement in 2016 which devises a transitional justice system to respond to … Continue reading Supporting the Colombian Transitional Justice Process

The UK and the EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive: Exceeding Expectations

Image by Alexas_Fotos Dr. Mohammed Khair Alshaleel, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, published a new article on 'The UK and the EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive: Exceeding Expectations'. The article considers the UK implementation of the Fifth Money Laundering Directive. It examines the key changes introduced by the new Directive and their impact on … Continue reading The UK and the EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive: Exceeding Expectations