UK Radio Station Sanctioned by Ofcom over Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

Photo by Alessandro Cerino Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 7 December 2020, Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, found that The Family Programme, a live radio broadcast, featured potentially harmful statements about the COVID-19 pandemic without adequate protection for listeners. The regulator currently prioritises cases linked to the coronavirus where programmes … Continue reading UK Radio Station Sanctioned by Ofcom over Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

COVID-19 Research on Vulnerable Communities Proves Influential

Photo by Kate Trifo A publication featuring rapid responses to the impact of COVID-19 from a range of Essex experts has been recognised as influential by a panel providing evidence to government. COVID-19, Law and Human Rights: Essex Dialogues, a 32-chapter collection featuring contributions from the School of Law, Human Rights Centre and School of Health and Social Care, … Continue reading COVID-19 Research on Vulnerable Communities Proves Influential

Coronavirus and Harm in Broadcast Content

Photo by Fringer Cat UK communications regulator Ofcom has so far made six sanctions decisions on broadcast content related to the coronavirus. What do these decisions illustrate about what Ofcom considers harmful? In this post, Professor Lorna Woods explains the different types of harm that the regulator appears to take into account when considering misinformation around the virus and … Continue reading Coronavirus and Harm in Broadcast Content

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 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?

Spain’s New Minimum Income Scheme: A Victory and A Historic Failure

Photo by Daniel Prado Dr. Koldo Casla, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex This could be the most significant test of Spain’s fairness as a society. Starting last month, Spain has a minimum income scheme in place. Considering some of the international coverage, you would be forgiven for thinking it is some sort of universal basic income. It … Continue reading Spain’s New Minimum Income Scheme: A Victory and A Historic Failure

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?

The right to health must guide responses to COVID-19

Image by Raam Gottimukkala from Pixabay Judith Bueno de Mesquita, Co-Deputy Director of the Human Rights Centre, and Lecturer in International Human Rights Law, University of Essex, has co-authored a Comment on ‘The right to health must guide responses to COVID-19’with Dr Dainius Puras (UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health), Luisa Cabal, Allan … Continue reading The right to health must guide responses to COVID-19

Delayed Publication of Coronavirus Regulations and Legal Certainty – Concerns and Protections

Liverpool Street Station, London; photo by Ben Garratt Lee Marsons, PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Law, University of Essex As part of my compilation of resources on Covid-19 for the UK Administrative Justice Institute (UKAJI), I have been paying close attention to the publication of delegated legislation throughout this crisis. My main sources for … Continue reading Delayed Publication of Coronavirus Regulations and Legal Certainty – Concerns and Protections