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The use of algorithms in the justice system in England and Wales

28 June 2018

Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society of England and Wales, comments on the opportunities and the challenges presented by technology, which are some of the biggest issues facing our global society. On 14th June, the Law Society of England and Wales announced the launch of a ground-breaking initiative of a year-long exploration of the impact of technology and data on human rights and the justice system.


The European Commission's 'New Deal for Consumers'

31 May 2018

The European Commission delivers its final act of the “New Deal for Consumers” with the publication of proposals for a Directive on better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules and a Directive on representative action for the protection of the collective interests of consumers.

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Brexit and services: unicorn-spotting is a popular sport, but nothing beats the single market

21 March 2018By

When the UK Prime Minister presented her vision for the “deepest and broadest” possible trade agreement with the EU earlier this month, she did not shy away from the single largest hurdle in the Brexit negotiations to come: services. Theresa May admitted that the UK is asking for far more than the EU has ever given to any other trading partner. in a viewpoint article for the UK Law Societies, Jude Kirton Darling MEP presents her views on the advantages of the EU single market over trade ...

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A Moratorium Movement

27 February 2018

Hands Off Cain (“HOC”) is an NGO founded in Brussels in 1993. It is a non-profit organisation, constituent member of the nonviolent and transnational Radical Party, recognised as a first-degree NGO by the UN Economic and Social Council.  HOC’s name is taken from Genesis, the first book of the bible, which includes the phrases “an eye for an eye” and also “And the Lord set a sign for Cain, lest any finding him should smite him”. Hands off Cain stands for justice without vengeance.

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Developments in legal aid for victims of domestic abuse in family law cases

22 February 2018By

It has been a long journey, and many would say that it is not over yet, but 8th January saw the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) publish the new regulations to improve and extend the criteria for evidence by which victims of domestic abuse can prove that they should be entitled to legal aid in private and family law cases.

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The CCBE Human Rights Award – Resisting barbarity

22 February 2018By

Ten years ago, the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe created its own Human Rights Award to celebrate those who, at the risk of their own lives or freedom, accept to undertake their mission of defence. The list of winners, who have since been granted the Award, not only demonstrates the magnitude of the challenges that still need to be addressed so that our children may live in a fairer and more prosperous world, but also the courage of those lawyers who work daily to ensure ...

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Prospects for trade policy in 2018

5 February 2018By

Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director of ESF (European Services Forum) discusses the prospects for trade policy in 2018.


"Participation in” vs. “having access to” the EU’s Internal Market

5 February 2018By

Georges Baur, Assistant Secretary-General of EFTA analyses the options for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

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Following Brexit – Which arrangements for the future UK-EU relationship?

5 February 2018By

Sven Norberg, Senior Advisor at KREAB, Brussels discusses the options for a future UK-EU relationship. 

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