How Tech Companies Can Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG): A VAWG Code of Practice

Photo by Katherine Hanlon The Online Safety Bill presents an opportunity to address violence against women and girls in its digital dimensions and hold accountable the tech platforms that profit from this abuse. But if the new law passes in its current format, it will leave women and girls facing violence and the threat of harm … Continue reading How Tech Companies Can Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG): A VAWG Code of Practice

Social Rights and the Constitutional Moment Learning from Chile and International Experiences

Image by Patrick McDonald In the 1990s, Bruce Ackerman defined ‘constitutional moments’ as historic milestones of intense deliberation and change in a country’s politics, change that reflects in the country’s constitutional settlement. Since October 2019, Chile is going through its own constitutional moment, a moment that began with popular resistance against rising public transport fees … Continue reading Social Rights and the Constitutional Moment Learning from Chile and International Experiences

La Mort Assistée: Un Sujet Au Cœur Des Enjeux Juridiques Et Sociétaux

Photo via Flickr By Louise Millescamps, University of Essex, School of Law L' auteur tient à remercier Dr Laure Sauve, Eugénie Duval et Dr Xavier Aurey pour leurs précieux commentaires sur les versions précédentes de cet article. Le 16 octobre 2021, David Peace, un malade en phase terminale affirme que «la législation anglaise l’a abandonné». … Continue reading La Mort Assistée: Un Sujet Au Cœur Des Enjeux Juridiques Et Sociétaux

Research Seminar: Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature

Photo by Evangeline Shaw Dr. Emily Jones, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, will lead a seminar on the theme of 'Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature'. The rights of nature are beginning to be recognised in many countries but have yet to be recognised in international law. Seeking to challenge and re-think … Continue reading Research Seminar: Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature

Advertising Watchdog Publishes Report on Tackling Harmful Racial and Ethnic Stereotyping in Ads

Photo by Yasin Yusuf By Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 3 February 2022, the UK’s regulator of advertising across all media, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), published its research in harmful racial and ethnic stereotyping in UK advertising. The survey highlighted a number of important issues that participant consumers raised about … Continue reading Advertising Watchdog Publishes Report on Tackling Harmful Racial and Ethnic Stereotyping in Ads

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe: Her Journey to Freedom and the Lessons We Can Learn

Photo of Richard Ratcliffe at the candlelit vigil outside the Foreign Office on Friday 05 Nov. 2021, eleven days into his hunger strike, via Flickr. Professor Carla Ferstman is a lawyer and an activist. Before joining the School of Law in 2018, she directed REDRESS, an organization dedicated to helping torture survivors in all parts of the … Continue reading Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe: Her Journey to Freedom and the Lessons We Can Learn

The Case of the Caterpillar Cakes: Why Legal Protection for a Shape is So Hard to Come By

A very hungry caterpillar (image via Flickr) By Prof. Stavroula Karapapa and Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, School of Law, University of Essex UK retailers Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Aldi have finally called a truce to the trademark-based legal spat pitting their caterpillar cakes, Colin and Cuthbert, against each other. While details of the settlement have not been … Continue reading The Case of the Caterpillar Cakes: Why Legal Protection for a Shape is So Hard to Come By

‘No Longer a Member State of the Organisation’: The Expulsion of Russia from the Council of Europe and Articles 7 and 8 of the Statute

Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, via Flickr By Dr. Nikos Vogiatzis, University of Essex Introduction Russia is no longer a member state of the Council of Europe. On 16 March, the Committee of Ministers (CM) of the Council of Europe decided, “in the context of the procedure launched under Article 8 of the Statute of the Council … Continue reading ‘No Longer a Member State of the Organisation’: The Expulsion of Russia from the Council of Europe and Articles 7 and 8 of the Statute

Libel Trial against Investigative Journalist Concludes Before the High Court: A Landmark Test of the Public Interest Defence

Carole Cadwalladr speaks at TED2019: Bigger Than Us (April 15 - 19, 2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada) Photo: Marla Aufmuth via Flickr By Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 14 January 2022, a high-profile libel trial began before Mrs Justice Steyn at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The British businessman … Continue reading Libel Trial against Investigative Journalist Concludes Before the High Court: A Landmark Test of the Public Interest Defence