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Ireland: Judgment Clarifies Definition of Consent in Rape Cases

(Nov. 21, 2016) As a result of a recent judgment from the Irish Supreme Court, the Irish government will introduce legislation to establish a definition of consent for rape. In the case decided November 11, 2016, the Court held that a woman has a constitutional right to the integrity of her body and that the […]

United Kingdom: Brexit – High Court Rules Parliamentary Consent Required

(Nov. 16, 2016) In the latest development in the United Kingdom’s path of withdrawal from membership from the European Union, the High Court of England and Wales issued a ruling on November 3, 2016, on whether the Government of the UK can invoke, without parliamentary consent, the article of the EU treaty that launches the […]

England and Wales: First Woman Convicted Under Revenge Porn Law Receives Suspended Sentence

(Sept. 14, 2015) The first female prosecuted under England’s recently enacted “revenge porn law,” a law introduced to punish the sharing of sexually explicit images of people without their consent when intending to cause distress, received a sentence of six weeks of imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. Provided the defendant does not commit any additional […]

Scotland: GM Crops Ban

(Aug. 27, 2015) Public opinion in the United Kingdom in the past has been strongly against the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically modified (GM) crops. (Adam Vaughn, Public Concern over GM Food Has Lessened, Survey Shows, GUARDIAN (Mar. 9, 2012); Martin Robbins, Hulk Smash GM Crops, GUARDIAN (May 30, 2012) (accessed via […]

England and Wales: School Girl Pleads Guilty to Terror Charges

(Aug. 27, 2015) A 16-year-old school girl pled guilty to two counts of terrorism offenses in a youth court in England, after a counter-terrorism unit conducted an investigation that resulted in the discovery on the girl’s cellphone of instructions on how to build a bomb, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) propaganda, and images […]

United Kingdom: Proposal to Jail Landlords Who Rent to Illegal Immigrants

(Aug. 12, 2015) The government of the United Kingdom has recently proposed measures that would create new offenses applicable to landlords who knowingly rent to illegal immigrants. The proposed measures will be two-pronged. On the one hand, they will allow landlords to end the tenancy of immigrants if the persons’ permission to remain in the […]

United Kingdom: Bill to Provide Transparency in Pay to Reduce Gender Inequalities

(May 13, 2015) The Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill is about to be debated in the House of Lords. This bill will allow the Secretary of State of the United Kingdom to introduce regulations under section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 that would require employers with more than 250 employees to publish information about the […]

United Kingdom: New Restrictions Halt School-Time Vacations

(Sept. 23, 2013) Amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 came into force on September 1, 2013, coinciding almost perfectly with the start of a new term for school children across England. These amendments place restrictions on absences that head teachers may grant to children when school is in session (in the UK, […]

United Kingdom: Government Considering Role of Monarchy in Consent to Legislation

(Sept. 17, 2013) The United Kingdom’s government has recently announced an inquiry into the impact of the Queen’s and the Prince’s consent on the legislative process. (New Inquiry – The Impact of Queen’s and Prince’s Consent on the Legislative Process, PARLIAMENT.UK (last visited Sept. 3, 2013).) The remit of the Inquiry is to investigate when […]