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    Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP): are we seeing their end in the European Union?


    After the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese investigative journalist that was murdered in a car bomb, some European parliamentarians have been calling on the EU Commission to promote an anti-SLAPP EU directive which would give investigative journalists and media groups the power to request to rapidly dismiss “vexatious ...

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    The future of courts by Peter Nicholson


    How will the pandemic experience and the rapid development of remote court hearings affect the future conduct of civil litigation? That was the subject of an important day-long conference organised in May by the Judicial Institute for Scotland, with top level presentations from across the Scottish (and the wider) legal ...

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    Mrs. Justice Siobhan Keegan appointed as first female Chief Justice of Northern Ireland


    Mrs. Justice Siobhan Keegan has been appointed as Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, making her the first woman to hold the highest judicial position in Northern Ireland.

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    Biometric technology and fundamental rights by Iain G. Mitchell QC


    The use of Biometric data is already a reality. There is a tendency to think of the use of such data as being simply a means (of greater or lesser reliability) of identifying people. In 2004, the Metropolitan Police Facial Recognition technology got it wrong 81% of the time . ...

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    Broaden your horizons: Secondment opportunity


    Exciting opportunity in Brussels for trainee solicitors/newly qualified solicitors/paralegals to gain international experience

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    Case law digest April-May


    This month’s case law digest contains a number of important constitutional cases on judicial independence and the duty of national courts to request CJEU rulings. It also has updates on the European arrest warrant; Member States’ obligations to recognise the children of married same-sex couples; commercial parasitism towards products with ...

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    Commission publishes its proposal for regulation of artificial intelligence (AI)


    On Wednesday 21 April 2021, the European Commission released its proposal regarding legislation of AI within the European Union. It is accompanied by annexes and Communication on Fostering a European approach to Artificial Intelligence .

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    New lobbying transparency rules in Brussels


    On 20 May 2021, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission signed the new inter-institutional agreement (IIA) on a mandatory transparency register. The agreement comes after several years of negotiations following the proposal from the Commission dating back to September 2016 and which ...

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    Child online protection and interaction with Europe by David Wright


    The UK Safer Internet Centre, a partnership of three leading UK charities and one of 32 European Safer Internet Centres, has existed over the last decade doing exactly this; protecting children online and enabling them to benefit from everything that technology offers them. It very much mirrors the UK Government’s ...

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    Intelligence sharing and legal cooperation in the aftermath of the UK-EU TCA deal By Stefania Paladini and Ignazio Castellucci


    A few months in the post-Brexit world, with the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) now signed and ratified by the EU Parliament, the question about what is going to happen in terms of intelligence sharing, and more in general in legal cooperation between the EU and the UK, has ...

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    European Commission outlines rejection to UK’s Lugano Convention application


    The European Commission has published a Communication rejecting the UK’s application to join the Lugano Convention 2007. The Convention, which governs issues of international jurisdiction and the enforcement of foreign judgments in civil and commercial matters, was originally concluded between the EU and three EFTA states with the purpose ...

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    Surrender Provisions – Refusal to Surrender under the EU-UK TCA


    Following the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) there have been potential issues raised surrounding effective law enforcement cooperation, in relation to the lack of European Arrest Warrants and loss of information provided by SIS II. However, what is also a main concern is the ability of EU Member States ...

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    Spotlight on the CCBE activities in the area of Criminal Law


    The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), represents the bars and law societies of 45 countries, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers. Criminal law is one of the areas in which the CCBE is particularly active through its Criminal Law Committee which has ...

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    A new ‘special relationship’ or a damage limitation exercise? EU–UK criminal justice cooperation after Brexit by Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas


    This article comes from the Editorial written by Professor. Valsamis Mitsilegas for the New Journal of European Criminal Law. It examines the relationship between the EU and UK following the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and how criminal justice may be affected by the new provisions. Prof. Mitsilegas also ...

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    European Data Protection Board publishes opinions on draft UK data adequacy decisions: Law Enforcement decision


    On 19 February, the European Commission published two draft data adequacy decisions regarding transfers of personal data to the UK. The draft decisions declare UK data protection standards as “essentially equivalent” to those applying in the EU under GDPR and the Law Enforcement Directive (LED). If formally ...

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    European Data Protection Board publishes opinions on draft UK data adequacy decisions: GDPR decision


    On 19 February, the European Commission published two draft data adequacy decisions regarding transfers of personal data to the UK. The draft decisions declare UK data protection standards as “essentially equivalent” to those applying in the EU under GDPR and the Law Enforcement Directive . If formally adopted, ...

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    Data adequacy decisions for the UK: where are we?


    On 19 February 2021, the European Commission published two draft data adequacy decisions which found that the UK’s data protection standards are ‘essentially equivalent’ to those within the European Union. The decisions, if approved, will allow for free flow of data between the EU and the UK. Data flows ...

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    Socio-economic diversity in the legal profession - a discussion with HHJ Brandon


    HHJ Brandon currently sits as a Circuit Judge on the Northern Circuit based at Liverpool Crown Court and has done so since 1 April 2019. HHJ Brandon began her schooling at a comprehensive school in the North of England before studying Government and Law at the University of Manchester. After ...

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    Court of Justice of the European Union - Case Law Digest March 2021


    This month’s case law digest contains an update on the EU’s conclusion of the Istanbul Convention on the prevention and combating of violence against women and domestic violence, as well as several important state aid decisions. It also contains cases on establishing jurisdiction in cases of child abduction, and national ...

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    European Parliament ratification of the TCA: where do we stand?


    In our article dated 22 January 2021 we discussed how, in order to prevent a no-deal scenario, the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) was applied provisionally before it was to be ratified by the European Parliament. This provisional application was slated to be in effect until 28 February ...