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    The current shape of UK asylum law and illegal migration


    The EU asylum law is based on directives adopted in the framework of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). The UK initially opted into the first instruments adopted in the CEAS in the early 2000s. The CEAS was revised in 2011 and most EU countries adopted further directives. In 2016, ...

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    Home Office Stance on Free Movement of People


    On 18 January, the Home Office issued a response to the House of Lords European Union Committee Report on UK-EU Movement of people. In the open letter, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis praised the Committee for their report, which considered the implications for free movement of people post-Brexit.

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    Brexit's impact on judicial and police cooperation


    The area of Justice and Home Affairs presents distinctive challenges in light of Brexit, as the UK’s current participation in EU information sharing mechanisms is fairly patchy. Instruments such as the European Arrest Warrant and participation in judicial and police cooperation are of great importance to the legal profession and ...

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    Fundamental Rights ‘vs’ Brexit


    The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (the Charter) brought together the rights protected under EU law in a single document. It reaffirmed the rights and principles that already existed in EU law and was given legal effect by the Lisbon Treaty on its entry into force in December ...

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    Challenges facing civil society organisations working on Human Rights in the EU


    Civil society organisations (“ CSO ”) in the EU play a crucial role in promoting fundamental rights. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (“ EUAFR ”) cooperates and consults with such organisations, with recent findings showing that they are struggling more and more to make in impact within the Union, ...

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    All Europeans are entitled to the right to freedom and expression under the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. Article 11 states that “ Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by ...

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    Legal reform must be accompanied by legislative action if the death penalty is to be wiped out


    For over thirty years, The Death Penalty Project has worked to protect the rights of those facing the death penalty, providing free legal representation to prisoners and promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law. Co-Executive Directors Saul Lehrfreund and Parvais Jabbar say litigation has ...

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    Access to Financial Services Post-Brexit


    The EU’s focus on Banking and Economic and Monetary Union is encouraging in light of the impending second tranche of Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU. The services sector as a whole accounts for approximately 79% of UK Gross Domestic Product and EU regulators’ continued focus is particularly ...

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    Freedom of movement of junior lawyers – past, present and future


    In the UK, the titles covered by the directives are advocate, solicitor and barrister (thus excluding legal executives or trademark attorneys).  Since the Lawyers Directives only cover fully qualified lawyers, they do not apply to trainee/part-qualified lawyers (or those with non-equivalent qualifications). 

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    Women's Access to Justice in Italy


    Maria Masi, academic and teacher at the University Parthenope of Naples discusses the landscape of women’s access to justice in Italy 

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    Gender Balance Across the Legal Profession


    Trainee secondee Harriet Diplock discusses the representation of women in the legal sector across Europe 

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    2017: The Year to End Violence Against Women


    Trainee secondee, Caitlin Allan discusses key initiatives and events being held at an EU level designed to combat violence against women. 

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    Is equality between men and women progressing in Europe?


    Mary Collins, Senior Policy and Advocacy Coordinator and Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby discuss how equality between men and women across Europe is progressing. 

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    Are we doing enough to shrink the Gender Pay Gap?


    A review of the gender pay gap across the EU and the UK with a discussion of recent initiatives being taken to tackle the challenge

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    My vision for equality in the legal profession


    Christina Blacklaws, as vice-president of the Law Society of England and Wales discusses her vision for equality in the legal profession and the priorities for her 2018 presidency. 

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    In Focus


    Each month, the In Focus section features in-depth articles on a variety of topics. We usually invite external contributors to provide views from many different organisations.

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    Our priority of advocacy in Europe: Working with Commissioner Jourová on gender equality – a view from Spain


    Marga Cerro, President of the Regional Bar of Castilla la Mancha and member of the Committee on Equality of the Consejo General de la Abogacía Española and Julen Fernández Conte, EU Director of the Consejo General de la Abogacía Española and member of its CCBE Delegation discuss the initiatives ...

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    Will extended court hours reduce diversity in the profession?


    Charlotte Parkinson from the Junior Lawyers Division of England Wales discusses the impact extending court hours will have on the legal profession 

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    Police cooperation


    We carefully follow the developments in the field of asylum and migration.

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    Breakfast with the woman who sued Google


    “Do markets serve the interests of consumers? ”- that was the question posed by Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner for Competition, at a breakfast briefing hosted by the European Policy Centre, in front of an audience which included the former President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.