Commentary by Gabriella Atkins The recent decision by 26 mayors in the south of France to ban the ‘burquini’, and subsequent photographs appearing to show armed police forcing a woman to remove her clothing, has precipitated controversy and outrage. In London, in a protest outside the French embassy women united to demonstrate for their freedom to … More The Burquini Was Designed to Liberate Women, Not Enslave Them
Commentary by Danaë LAZARI If a week is a long time in politics, the last five have given onlookers enough change and uncertainty to last several months. In the month after it was announced that the UK had voted to leave the EU, Brexit dominated the political sphere – certainly in Europe, but with a … More The Continuing Saga of the Austrian Presidential Elections
Analysis by Danaë LAZARI On 30 May 2016, the European Data Protection Supervisor warned that the EU-US Privacy Shield, an agreement proposed by the Commission to replace the recently-overturned Safe Harbour agreement, was not “robust enough […] to withstand future legal scrutiny”. Although the deal has not been thrown out, these concerns act as a … More The Birth and Growth of the EU-US Shield
Analysis by Kirsten WILLIAMS The European Commission has begun legal proceedings against Poland for violating the rule of law in an unprecedented and highly controversial move. Juncker’s Commission is using a power only vested in the institution two years ago – the ‘Rule of Law Framework’. This mechanism forces the country, in this case, Poland, … More The EU and Poland: A Broken Bond?
Commentary by Gabriella ATKINS The fundamentally distinguishing feature of the UK constitution is its unwritten nature. In comparison to countries such as France, the United States and Germany, there is no single document to which the populace can turn to discover the rules by which they are governed. But that is not to say that … More Should the UK Adopt a Codified Constitution?
Commentary by Gabriella ATKINS Last week witnessed a leak unprecedented in size and scale. 11.5m files were obtained from one of the most secretive offshore law firms, Mossack Fonesca, by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung. Seuddeutsche Zeitung shared the information with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) which then worked with journalists and media … More The Panama Papers
Commentary by Kirsten WILLIAMS The African Union (AU) met for its 26th summit last week, with the official purpose of discussing the human rights, reform and trade issues facing the continent. However, much of the media coverage surrounding the summit concerned the AU’s relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC). At the convention, the AU voted … More Innocent Until Proven Guilty? The African Union and the International Criminal Court