Reflections on visits to the Houses of Parliament and UK Supreme Court

Claire Chok Mann and Cheska Tatiana
LLB Students at the University of Hertfordshire

 

Reflections on the Houses of Parliament

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Sir Charles Barry’s magnum opus truly captures the monumental culture and history of the United Kingdom. His romantic vision of a gothic palace manifested before our eyes. The Palace of Westminster; his crowning achievement. An air of excitement with a mixture of gasps and clicks of the camera hung in the air. The art connoisseurs and aesthetician amongst us law students, started to comment on the fine art and sculptures, which were interlaced with building’s grand architecture.

A word of advice, have a hearty meal and ensure that your photo-taking device is fully charged before you start on your adventure. Continue reading “Reflections on visits to the Houses of Parliament and UK Supreme Court”

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Is the EU moving refugees from one danger zone to another?

Mehwisch Khan
Joint Honours (Law and European Languages) student at the University of Hertfordshire

The agreement between the European Union (EU) and Turkey aims to address the overwhelming flow of irregular migrants and asylum seekers traveling from Turkey to the EU, in efforts to enter into Europe by dangerous means. In return, EU Member States will resettle Syrian refugees in Turkey and provide financial help for Turkey’s refugees. The idea of returns coupled with large-scale resettlement seems reasonable and achievable only from a utopian perspective. However, following close analysis of the agreement since its implementation, there are serious human rights concerns raised by Amnesty International and Member States.[1] There are also well-documented limitations of the existing asylum mechanism and the protection of fundamental rights in “safe third countries”. This allows for only one conclusion: refugees and migrants are being transported from one dangerous war zone such as Syria to another equally dangerous zone, Turkey, only this time the dangers are in a different form with the protection of basic human rights still being endangered.

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Are we all serious about integration?

Muki Gorar
Lecturer in Law at the University of Hertfordshire

Europe has embraced millions of immigrants for various reasons since the middle of the 20th century, from economic migrants to those who flee to a safer land in order to save their lives.  Economic opportunities, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights (as enjoyed in Europe) are sought by those who suffer the lack of these conditions in their home country. As a home to many different people from many different backgrounds, Europe has become a multicultural continent. Continue reading “Are we all serious about integration?”

The Polish media law controversy: national protests and European discontent

Mehwisch Khan
Joint Honours (Law and European Languages) student at the University of Hertfordshire

This post was originally posted by the European Youth Press

On January 7, 2015, Andrej Duda, the current Polish president and key member of Poland’s right wing ‘The Law and Justice Party’ (PiS), approved a media bill that has sparked substantial controversy in his country.  The new Radio and Television Bill allows a political figure, the Treasury Minister, to hire and fire senior figures in public radio and television. The new hiring process, which will no longer be under the control of the National Broadcasting Council, facilitates restrictions on media freedom, censorship and the dispersal of biased information. Continue reading “The Polish media law controversy: national protests and European discontent”

Privacy and unwanted disclosures of photographs online: the future is wearable?

henry_pearceHenry Pearce
Lecturer in Law and Cohort Tutor at the University of Hertfordshire

The emergence of online social networking sites services has provided us with numerous benefits and has transformed the way in which people work, live, interact and learn. Their use, however, also gives rise to a number of legal and regulatory challenges concerning the privacy of the users of such services. One of the most significant of these challenges is the way in which social networking sites may be used as a means of facilitating the unwanted publication of photographs. It is estimated that approximately 1.8 billion photos are uploaded to social networking platforms each day.[1] Many of these pictures will contain images of identifiable individuals and will have been uploaded without their consent, or against their wishes, and may result in negative consequences. We frequently hear, for example, about individuals missing out on employment opportunities or being blackmailed as a result of personal data distributed via social media.[2] Accordingly, how individuals can be put in a position from which they can exercise control over information shared about them online, photographic or otherwise, and protect their privacy, has become a salient issue for European privacy regulators. An interesting recent development has suggested, however, that technology, rather than the law, might be the best way of securing this objective. Continue reading “Privacy and unwanted disclosures of photographs online: the future is wearable?”