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Ireland; United Kingdom: British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body Recommends Improved Police Cooperation

(July 13, 2009) The British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body (BIIPB) was formed in 1990 to address issues of bilateral concern. The body consists of Members of the Parliament in London, the Oireachtas in Dublin, the Assembly of Northern Ireland in Belfast, and the legislatures for Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man. (CURRENT MEMBERS of the British-Irish […]

United Kingdom: Anti-Terrorism Laws Successfully Challenged Again

(June 22, 2009) The British government's anti-terrorism legislative regime has been challenged numerous times in the courts and has once again recently been dealt a near fatal blow by the House of Lords. The United Kingdom introduced control orders in 2005 after the House of Lords declared that its previous preventive detention regime was incompatible […]

United Kingdom: Blogger Loses Battle in Right to Privacy

(June 19, 2009) In one of the first cases in the United Kingdom to test Internet confidentiality rights, a police blogger, known under the moniker “NightJack,” recently lost his bid to obtain an injunction to protect his anonymity. The NightJack blog was pushed to the forefront of public attention when it won the Orwell Prize […]

United Kingdom: MPs Expenses Scandal Prompting Constitutional Reforms

(June 2, 2009) The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom – monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties – has caused a political scandal and widespread dissatisfaction among the electorate. The fallout from the disclosure of these […]

Norway; United Kingdom: Economic Zones Agreement

(May 14, 2009) On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a fishery zone, the dividing line for the continental shelf as measured in 1965 has been used […]

Rwanda; United Kingdom: Extradition Disallowed by British Court

(Apr. 16, 2009) On April 7, 2009, the High Court of London refused to allow the extradition of four suspects – three former mayors in southern Rwanda (Emmanuel Nteziryayo, Celestin Ugirashebuja, and Charles Munyaneza) and one alleged militia leader (Vincent Bajinya) – wanted in Rwanda for crimes they allegedly committed in the 1994 genocide in […]

United Kingdom: Operation of the Defence Advisory Notice

(Apr. 16, 2009) The head of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism division recently made a serious blunder when secret documents were inadvertently disclosed by him as he held a piece of paper showing the upcoming operation face up in a clear folder on his way to a meeting with the Prime Minister. Despite the paper only being […]

United Kingdom: Alleged Corruption in House of Lords Brings Calls for Tougher Sanctions

(Feb. 2, 2009) Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader of the House of Lords has said that the House should be given stronger powers to […]

United Kingdom: Pentagon Hacker Granted Judicial Review Against U.S. Extradition

(Jan. 30, 2009) A British computer systems administrator, Gary McKinnon, who hacked into 97 U.S. military computer systems in 2000 and 2001 has been granted judicial review of the Secretary of State's decision to extradite him to the United States. U.S. prosecutors have described McKinnon's actions as “the biggest military hack of all time.” McKinnon's […]

United Kingdom: Large Part of UK DNA Database Must Be Destroyed

(Dec. 17, 2008) The European Court of Human Rights ruled on December 4, 2008, that the British police must destroy fingerprints and DNA profiles of individuals arrested but not convicted of any crimes that are stored in its National DNA Database. The National DNA Database, described by the Home Office as a “key police intelligence […]