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United Kingdom: Ruling Opens the Door for Families of Deceased Troops to Sue the Military

(Aug. 26, 2008) A High Court ruling of April 11, 2008, on the conduct of inquests into the deaths of soldiers serving overseas has paved the way for families of British troops killed in action due to faulty equipment to sue the government. The ruling notes that the army has a broad duty of care […]

United Kingdom: Commons Passes Pre-Charge Detention Bill

(July 2, 2008) On June 11, 2008, a bill to extend the time period that terrorist suspects can be held without charge to gather evidence for criminal cases was passed by a narrow majority in the House of Commons. The counter-terrorism bill extends the period of pre-charge detention from 28 days to 42. The extension […]

United Kingdom: Unmarried Couples Allowed to Adopt in Northern Ireland

(July 2, 2008) Northern Irish adoption law has been brought into line with that of the rest of the United Kingdom, after the House of Lords declared on June 18, 2008, that sections 14 and 15 of the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order (SI 1987 No2203 (NI22)) contravened article 8 (the right to family life) and […]

United Kingdom: Terrorist Loses US Extradition Appeal

(July 2, 2008) A controversial Muslim cleric, Abu Hamza, currently imprisoned in the United Kingdom for stirring up racial hatred, recently had his appeal against extradition to the United States rejected by the English High Court. Hamza was the first person to be arrested under the Anglo-American extradition treaty and is sought in the United […]

United Kingdom: Enforcement of Female Circumcision Laws

(July 2, 2008) The British police are reportedly increasing checks on flights leaving for nations that are known to continue the practice of female circumcision. This practice was made unlawful in the United Kingdom in 1985, through the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act. There were no prosecutions under this Act, and in response to concerns […]

United Kingdom: Points-Based Immigration System Declared Unlawful

(June 2, 2008) The recently introduced points-based immigration system in the UK, under which migrants are awarded points for meeting various criteria to obtain entry into the UK, has been introduced unlawfully, according to British courts. The new regime unlawfully prejudiced migrants already in the country under the old system by increasing the requirements to […]

United Kingdom: Terrorism Laws Continue to Be Implemented

(May 2, 2008) The terrorism laws of the United Kingdom are continuing to be implemented in the courts, with individuals prosecuted frequently being jailed under these provisions. Most recently, a male, British-born Muslim convert has been jailed for four and a half years for terrorism-related offenses that occurred during an inflammatory speech in a London […]

United Kingdom: Terrorist Freezing Orders Declared Unlawful

(May 2, 2008) Orders made to implement United Nations Security Council regulations designed to prevent the financing of terrorism by freezing terrorist assets have been quashed by the High Court of the United Kingdom. The Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 and the al-Qaeda and Taliban (United Nations Measures) Order 2006, both made under the […]

United Kingdom: Immigration Rules Unlawful

(Apr. 2, 2008) What was described as one of the biggest overhauls of the United Kingdom's immigration laws has been declared unlawful by the High Court. The new immigration rules provided for a tougher entry system based upon points for skilled migrants. Under the new laws, individuals who had entered the UK under the old […]

United Kingdom: Bill to Extend Pre-Charge Detention of Terrorists Challenged

(Apr. 2, 2008) A counter-terrorism bill that would extend from 28 days to 42 the period that suspected terrorists can be detained without charge is currently before the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The government's recently established Equality and Human Rights Commission has indicated that it will launch a legal challenge to the provisions of […]