The New Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 – An Extraordinary Act for Extraordinary Times? A Quick Look at the Act’s Time-Restricted Measures

Image by Elliot Alderson Dr. Eugenio Vaccari, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex I. The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 On 25 June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (‘the Act’) completed its progress in the Parliament and received Royal Assent. The Act has unanimously been hailed by the insolvency community as … Continue reading The New Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 – An Extraordinary Act for Extraordinary Times? A Quick Look at the Act’s Time-Restricted Measures

LONDON LIVE sanctioned by Ofcom for broadcasting ‘potentially harmful’ interview on COVID-19

Image by Pexels Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 20 April 2020, the UK communications regulator Ofcom ruled that ESTV Ltd had breached its Broadcasting Code by airing an interview on the Coronavirus pandemic which risked causing “significant harm to viewers.” ESTV Ltd, the licensee, is the owner of the … Continue reading LONDON LIVE sanctioned by Ofcom for broadcasting ‘potentially harmful’ interview on COVID-19

The Changing Landscape of Lockdown Law

Image by Tumisu from Pixabay Dr Samantha Davey, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex The original position can be summarised by the Government’s mantra ‘stay home, save lives’ which became ingrained in the minds of the general public. We were permitted to leave the house for one of the following reasons only: daily exercise, medical … Continue reading The Changing Landscape of Lockdown Law

Knowing all of the law, all of the time – responding to COVID-19

Photo by Phil Botha Geoff Gilbert, Professor of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, University of Essex  As Paul White has written on these pages, success in our COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings should not be measured in the ‘number of webinars, seminars, guidance and strategies’. Part of achieving success, though, is ensuring that humanitarian actors in the … Continue reading Knowing all of the law, all of the time – responding to COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Five Urgent Principles for Leaving No One Behind through Technology

Photo by James Yarema Lorna McGregor, Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex and Director of the multi-disciplinary Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project; and Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Chairperson of the URG’s Board of … Continue reading The COVID-19 Pandemic: Five Urgent Principles for Leaving No One Behind through Technology

Discriminatory Torture of an LGBTI Person: Landmark Precedent Set by the Inter-American Court

Photo by Harry Quan Professor Clara Sandoval (University of Essex), Chris Esdaile (REDRESS) and Alejandra Vicente (REDRESS) Trigger warning: this report contains a description of sexual violence. In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) has issued a landmark judgment in the case of Azul Rojas Marín and Another v. Peru, enhancing the … Continue reading Discriminatory Torture of an LGBTI Person: Landmark Precedent Set by the Inter-American Court

Beyond War Talk: Laying Bare the Structural Violence of the Pandemic

Image by Gordon Johnson Dr. Eliana Cusato, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex There has been much discussion about the importance of frames on our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the existing legal, political and economic order. A number of interventions have already called attention to the possibilities and perils that come … Continue reading Beyond War Talk: Laying Bare the Structural Violence of the Pandemic

Contact-tracing Apps and Human Rights

Photo by engin akyurt Lorna McGregor, Professor of International Human Rights Law and PI & Director of the ESRC Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project at the University of Essex The Covid-19 pandemic engages the full spectrum of states’ human rights obligations. In addressing the virus itself, states are required to protect the rights to … Continue reading Contact-tracing Apps and Human Rights

Grandparents: Anchors in Uncertain Times

Photo by Paolo Bendandi Dr. Samantha Davey, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, explores family dynamics in the context of grandparents as primary caregivers. Grandparents may live miles or even continents away from their grandchildren. Pre-existing relationships may have been affected adversely because of Coronavirus-related self-isolation. Regardless of current events, many grandparents have played, … Continue reading Grandparents: Anchors in Uncertain Times

Covid-19 and the UK Administrative State

Photo by Markus Spiske Lee Marsons, GTA in Public Law and PhD candidate at the University of Essex Though lawyers normally loathe sweeping statements, it is fair to say that Covid-19 has affected virtually everything and everyone in the British state. As part of my work for the UK Administrative Justice Institute (UKAJI), I have been recording the response to … Continue reading Covid-19 and the UK Administrative State