Essex Expertise Informs Facial Recognition Decision

The expertise and leading-edge research of three Essex academics has informed a landmark judgment on police use of facial recognition. On Tuesday 11 August, the Court of Appeal delivered its judgment in a case brought by civil liberties campaigner Ed Bridges and the campaigning organisation Liberty, challenging a previous decision in favour of South Wales Police. Mr Bridges, … Continue reading Essex Expertise Informs Facial Recognition Decision

Supporting the Colombian Transitional Justice Process

Image by Pixabay GCRF@Essex interview questions: Prof. Sabine Michalowski and Prof. Clara Sandoval-Villalba Partners/organisations: Dejusticia, a Colombian Think-Do-Tank What is your research about? Colombia and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army; Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) signed a comprehensive peace agreement in 2016 which devises a transitional justice system to respond to … Continue reading Supporting the Colombian Transitional Justice Process

School of Law and Human Rights Centre Host Workshop on Human Rights and Climate Change

Image by Marek Matecki By Dr. Stephen Turner, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex and Dr. Birsha Ohdedar, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex On 30 April and 1 May 2020, the University of Essex (School of Law and Human Rights Centre) hosted a workshop on the subject of Human Rights and Climate Change. Owing … Continue reading School of Law and Human Rights Centre Host Workshop on Human Rights and Climate Change

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

Sexual Misconduct Claims against Conservative MP: What Stops the Media from Naming Rape Suspects?

Photo by Joe Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex The allegations of sexual misconduct against an unnamed Conservative MP have received significant media coverage lately. The Sunday Times reported that the ex-minister was taken into custody on Saturday 1 August 2020 after a former parliamentary employee accused them of rape, sexual … Continue reading Sexual Misconduct Claims against Conservative MP: What Stops the Media from Naming Rape Suspects?

Tackling Online Hate Speech in France – Quo Vadis?

The main entrance of the French Constitutional Council, Palais-Royal, Paris, France (source: Wikipedia Commons) Dr Clotilde Pegorier, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex Note: the hyperlinks to the relevant webpages are in their original languages – French and German. On 13 May 2020, the French Parliament passed a new bill geared to combatting online hate … Continue reading Tackling Online Hate Speech in France – Quo Vadis?

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

International Law, the Paradox of Plenty and the Making of Resource-Driven Conflict

Image by skeeze Dr Eliana Cusato, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, has published a paper titled ‘International law, the paradox of plenty and the making of resource-driven conflict’. This article intervenes in legal debates on the relationship between natural resource extraction and armed conflict. Since the 1990s there has been a proliferation of international/global … Continue reading International Law, the Paradox of Plenty and the Making of Resource-Driven Conflict

Is (More) Fairness Needed in the English Insolvency Framework?

Image by Sasin Tipchai Dr. Eugenio Vaccari, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex recently published an article in the Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation (Volume 35, Issue 4, pp. 135-147). The publication, titled ‘Broken companies or broken system? Charting the English insolvency valuation framework in search for fairness’, adopts a normative approach to … Continue reading Is (More) Fairness Needed in the English Insolvency Framework?

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