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United Kingdom: Controversial Surveillance Act Receives Royal Assent

(Dec. 8, 2016) The Investigatory Powers Act, which has been under consideration for the past year and in various forms for the past few years, was recently enacted into law when it received Royal Assent.  It was introduced in draft form in autumn of 2015 (Draft Investigatory Powers Bill 2015, 2015-16 Cm. 9152, GOV.UK), as […]

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 […]

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 […]

Faroe Islands; Turkey; United Kingdom: Free Trade Agreement Impacts Fishing

(Jan 13, 2015) On December 16, 2014, the Faroe Islands and Turkey concluded a free trade agreement, the result of a 15-year process. Details had been worked out in September 2014. The agreement was welcomed by Faroese Prime Minister Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, who signed the document in Ankara with Turkish Minister of the Economy […]

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 […]

United Kingdom: Queen’s Speech for 2013

(May 20, 2013) The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland recently laid her annual speech before Parliament for 2013. The speech sets out the government’ legislative agenda for the upcoming year. There are many items included this year, with the focus being on continued measures to improve and strengthen the […]

United Kingdom: Bill to Modernize Electoral System Considered

(Aug. 3, 2012) The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from their 2010 Program for Government. (The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, HL Bill 33; HM Government, The Coalition: Our Programme for Government, 2010.) It aims […]

United Kingdom: Use of Pirate Bay File-Sharing Website Illegal, ISPs Required to Block Access

(May 16, 2012) In February 2012, the High Court of England and Wales ruled that both the users and operators of The Pirate Bay, which is one of the biggest illegal file-sharing websites in the world and is based in Sweden, infringed the copyrights of the music companies whose files are being distributed by the […]