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

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

The Essex Law School represents the UK at the 2022 IACL General Congress

Photo by Mikel Parera Dr Anna – Mari Antoniou, Lecturer in Maritime and Commercial Law, has been appointed as the UK’s special national rapporteur at the International Academy of Comparative Law’s (IACL) General Congress, which will take take place in Asunción, Paraguay in 2022. Dr Antoniou will be representing the United Kingdom for Trade Finance … Continue reading The Essex Law School represents the UK at the 2022 IACL General Congress

Towards Consolidating Synergies Between Business and Human Rights and Transitional Justice

Photo by Dan Schiumarini By Hobeth Martínez Carrillo, Sabine Michalowski and Michael Cruz Rodríguez Last October, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights launched its report ‘Business, human rights and conflict-affected regions: towards heightened action’. From a transitional justice perspective, the report is hugely important, not only for addressing the lack of attention paid to how … Continue reading Towards Consolidating Synergies Between Business and Human Rights and Transitional Justice

Non-State Rules in International Commercial Law: Contracts, Legal Authority and Application

Photo by Pat Whelen Dr Johanna Hoekstra, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, published a monograph titled Non-State Rules in International Commercial Law: Contracts, Legal Authority and Application (Routledge 2021). The book examines the different ways non-state rules are applied in international commercial contracts with the aim to understand the legal authority of … Continue reading Non-State Rules in International Commercial Law: Contracts, Legal Authority and Application

Van Ho Quoted in The Nation on Business and Human Rights Claims against Unilever

Tea planation, Kenya | Source: Wikimedia Commons In the cover article of The Nation’s 8-15 February issue, Dr. Tara Van Ho, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, asserts that businesses operating in Kenya should have predicted that the 2007 national election would result in violence and taken appropriate measures to protect ethnic minority workers. In ‘Blood … Continue reading Van Ho Quoted in The Nation on Business and Human Rights Claims against Unilever

When Business Harms Human Rights: Affected Communities that are Dying to be Heard

Photo by Charles Forerunner Dr. Tara Van Ho (University of Essex, School of Law), Professor Jena Martin (West Virginia University, College of Law) and Professor Karen Bravo (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law) When Business Harms Human Rights: Affected Communities that Are Dying to be Heard, edited by Jena Martin (West Virginia U), Karen Bravo (Indiana U) and Essex Law … Continue reading When Business Harms Human Rights: Affected Communities that are Dying to be Heard

Front-of-pack nutrition labelling in the EU: proposals for a mandatory EU-wide label

Dr Nikhil Gokani, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex. The European Commission published its Farm-to-Fork Strategy on 20 May 2020. In this, the Commission declared that to ‘empower consumers to make informed, healthy and sustainable food choices’, the Commission will propose harmonised mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling (FoPNL) by the fourth quarter of 2022. As part … Continue reading Front-of-pack nutrition labelling in the EU: proposals for a mandatory EU-wide label

The Persistent and Pernicious Abuse of Insolvency Law: What’s Next after Virgin Atlantic?

Image by skeeze Dr. Eugenio Vaccari, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex England is no stranger to strategic or – at times – abusive use of insolvency provisions. In the early 2000s, a mechanism frequently used by debtors to retain the control of distressed companies at the expense of their creditors was pre-packaged administration. Following … Continue reading The Persistent and Pernicious Abuse of Insolvency Law: What’s Next after Virgin Atlantic?

The Crown Preference is Law (Again): Spinning the Clock Back to Early-2000s?

Image by Steve Buissinne Dr. Eugenio Vaccari, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex The Pari Passu Principle In corporate insolvency procedures, not all creditors are alike. This is despite the pari passu principle. The pari passu principle is often said to be a fundamental rule of any corporate insolvency law system. It holds that, when … Continue reading The Crown Preference is Law (Again): Spinning the Clock Back to Early-2000s?