Viewpoint – Page 2

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    Fork in the road: Brexit and the choice facing Britain in March 2019


    As the debate in the UK Parliament on the ratification of the draft Withdrawal Agreement begins, it is a useful time to analyse the consequences of the adoption (or non-adoption) of the Agreement from a legal perspective.

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    'The Next Mandate – An EU in flux' by Wes Himes


    This time next year there will be a new European Parliament (EP), a new relationship with the UK and a new Commission. The impact of these events will be felt far beyond the key dates themselves (May 23-26, March 29 and October respectively) as the rolling landscape of elections and ...

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    'The quest for strong leadership' by Andrew Duff


    Cross-party intergroups are a regular and redeeming feature of the European Parliament. They allow MEPs to step aside from their normal committee work and to loosen partisan ties in discussion with colleagues from across the House who share a special interest and expertise. 

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    'Dublin: too much politics, not enough law-making?' by Tom Freely


    The talk of the EU’s so-called migration crisis has been constant for the last three years and migration has been high on the agenda at almost every recent European Council meeting.

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    The use of algorithms in the justice system in England and Wales by Christina Blacklaws


    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 14 th June, the Law Society of England and Wales announced the launch of a ground-breaking ...

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    The European Commission's 'New Deal for Consumers'


    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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    The Introduction of the TAXE3 Committee by Molly Scott Cato


    The TAXE3 committee has been set up to investigate financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance in the wake of Luxleaks, the Panama Papers and the Paradise papers. It is the fourth such committee and demonstrates the European Parliament’s determination to act against financial malfeasance by the rich ...

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


    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 ...

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    A Moratorium Movement


    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 ...

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


    It has been a long journey, and many would say that it is not over yet, but 8 th 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 ...

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    The CCBE Human Rights Award – Resisting barbarity


    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 ...

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    Prospects for trade policy in 2018


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

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


    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?


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

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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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    Gender & Equality: A view from the EWLA and review of their 16th Congress


    Katharina Miller, president of the European Women Lawyers Association gives an account of their 16th Congress which centred on the theme of diversity, in particular gender and equality.

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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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    State aid law post-Brexit


    The Brexit journey is underway and there will be plenty of twists in the tale ahead. After all, no country has ever left the EU before. The UK’s legal landscape post-Brexit could get quite a shake-up, with all laws derived from the European Union potentially being subject to change. One ...

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    Brexit is about regulation


    The British Prime Minister’ s speech in Florence was aimed at rebuilding bridges with the European Union after three unsuccessful Brexit negotiating rounds, while at the same time trying to unite her deeply divided cabinet. Theresa May called for a transitional period; made a concrete financial offer; softened her ...

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    A few words from Graham Matthews, President of the Law Society of Scotland


    In this month’s viewpoint, the current President of the Law Society of Scotland, Graham Matthews, shares his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing the professions during his term.