What is Exploitation in the Context of ‘Modern Slavery’? A Legal Proposal

Exploitation in the context of ‘modern slavery’ is defined by three conditions: abuse of vulnerability, excessive gain, and sustained action. Workers unload bricks from a boat in Bangladesh. Suvra Kanti Das/ Zuma Press/ PA Images Dr. Marija Jovanovic, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex Exploitation has been given a prominent place in the definition of … Continue reading What is Exploitation in the Context of ‘Modern Slavery’? A Legal Proposal

Report Proposes New Legal Powers for the Victims’ Commissioner

Photo by Eric Ward The role of the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales – set up in 2004 to promote the interests of the victims of crime – needs to be strengthened if it is to be effective, argues a report co-written by the Essex Law School’s Professor Maurice Sunkin together with Professor Pam … Continue reading Report Proposes New Legal Powers for the Victims’ Commissioner

Grant Success: Digitalising International Trade Finance Process

Photo by Austin Distel Dr. Onyeka Osuji (Reader in Law, University of Essex) and Dr. Mohammed Khair Alshaleel (Lecturer in Law, University of Essex) were successful in securing funding from Qatar National Research Foundation for an International Conference on Digitalising International Trade Finance Process: Interrelationships, Constraints, Opportunities and Perspectives. The conference is a collaborative event of the School … Continue reading Grant Success: Digitalising International Trade Finance Process

Serial Health Risks and Civil Liability: A Comparative Study of French and English Law

Photo credit: Pixabay Dr. Emmanuelle Lemaire, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex Abstract Serial health risks are increasing in occurrence and have the capacity to affect large numbers of people living in different countries. Thalidomide, contaminated blood, Diethylstilboestrol (DES), asbestos and Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis (BSE) are among some of the most well-known examples of serial … Continue reading Serial Health Risks and Civil Liability: A Comparative Study of French and English Law

The Defamation ‘Drag Race’ against Laurence Fox

Photo by Harry Quan Dr. Alexandros Antoniou and Dr. Dimitris Akrivos, School of Law, University of Essex On 6 October 2020, Drag Race UK participant Crystal publicly announced her intention to pursue a defamation action against actor and aspiring politician Laurence Fox after calling her a ‘paedophile’ on Twitter. The comment was made in relation … Continue reading The Defamation ‘Drag Race’ against Laurence Fox

Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature

Photo by Grant Ritchie On 11 November 2020, Dr. Emily Jones, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, spoke in the Ghandi Research Seminar Series at the University of Reading Global Law at Reading (GLAR) group. The topic of Dr Jones' talk was 'Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature.'  The paper began by outlining … Continue reading Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature

The Potential of a Novel Scientific Method to Provide Evidence of Torture

Image by Christoph Bock Dr Paula Suárez-López, a scientist with a PhD in Biological Sciences, who has made a career change to the human rights field and graduated with an MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the Essex Law School, has published an article in the Torture Journal on ‘The potential of … Continue reading The Potential of a Novel Scientific Method to Provide Evidence of Torture

The Johnny Depp Libel Trial Explained

Photo by PxHere Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On November 2 2020, London’s High Court handed down its hotly anticipated judgment in the high-profile libel case brought by Hollywood actor Johnny Depp over a newspaper article which labelled him a “wife-beater”. In his 585-paragraph ruling the presiding judge, Mr Justice Nicol, … Continue reading The Johnny Depp Libel Trial Explained

Human Rights Expert Receives Major Funding to Investigate Impact of Algorithms on Democracy

Photo by Ari He An Essex human rights expert has been awarded major funding to look at the impact of Artificial Intelligence-assisted decision-making on individual development and the functioning of democracy. Dr Daragh Murray, from the School of Law and Human Rights Centre, is among the latest wave of individuals to receive funding as part of UK Research and … Continue reading Human Rights Expert Receives Major Funding to Investigate Impact of Algorithms on Democracy

ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice Comes Into Effect

Photo by Igor Starkov Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 2 September 2020, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the United Kingdom's independent body established to uphold information rights, formally issued its Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice which should be followed by online services to protect children’s privacy. The Age Appropriate … Continue reading ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice Comes Into Effect