Law & Order

Protecting high quality of judiciary crucial to Irish democracy

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No rationale for having a majority of lay people choosing judges has been… Paul McGarry The Irish Times In observing the latest volte-face from the Law Society in relation to judicial appointments, it is difficult to see any motivating factor other than a desire to have more solicitors appointed as… However, the… Protecting high quality… Read More »

Egypt court voids block on islands transfer to Saudis

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The ruling invalidates a January decision that blocked the handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi… Al Jazeera An Egyptian court ruled on Sunday that a controversial deal to hand over two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia can go forward, voiding an earlier ruling that blocked the… The Court of Urgent Matters ruled against a… Egypt court voids… Read More »

To Fix Marriage, We Need To Fix Divorce

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Marriage is in decline. In roughly 35 years, or about two generations depending on the age of marriage, the percentage of married men aged 20-39 has halved. Leslie Loftis The Daily Caller This is not a conundrum only for the curious. The decline of… To Fix Marriage… Read More »

Australians are not racist: Hanson

One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson during Question Time in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Australians aren’t racist because criticism is not racism, Pauline Hanson said as she spoke in parliament in favour of changes to race-hate speech laws. SBS Pauline Hanson has declared Australians are not racist, insisting criticism is not racism as she backs proposed changes to race-hate speech laws. The Senate is… Australians are not… Read More »

Van Jones: Trump may have signed Earth’s death warrant

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(CNN) – As usual, Donald Trump is completely upside down on the facts. Van Jones CNN In 2015, President Barack Obama created the Clean Power Plan to slow climate disruption. It was the… Van Jones: Trump may… Read More »

You can’t compromise on civil rights. But North Carolina just did.

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At a local coffeehouse in this small town Thursday morning, most patrons’ minds were on House Bill 2 — the state’s infamous “bathroom bill” that prevents transgender people from using the… Steven Petrow The Washington Post An important deadline was about to expire: The NCAA had threatened to remove all championship basketball games from the state through 2022 if H.B. 2 was not repealed by Thursday. Because the political… You can’t compromise… Read More »

Group rights are inimical to human rights

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Bill Shorten’s 18C zinger is “What exactly does the Prime Minister want people to be able to say that they cannot say now?” Graham Young On Line Opinion Not exactly a zinger, because a review of the 18C cases reveals mostly a world of trivial sleights and domestic disputes, with the occasional newspaper comment thrown in for good measure. There is no… Group rights are… Read More »

What the ‘female’ traffic light response reveals about how society views women

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The reaction to Melbourne’s installation of dress-wearing symbols on traffic lights was an ugly revelation of how society views the feminine, writes Siobhan Simper. Siobhan Simper Independent Australia IF YOU’VE been online at all in the past month, you can’t have missed it: the seemingly endless debate over the decision to install ten pedestrian crossings depicting figures wearing a dress in Melbourne. The Committee for… What the ‘female’… Read More »

Aboriginal cultural heritage: The high costs of preservation

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THE decision in a Seymour court last week to impose a hefty fine on a Wahring farmer for knowingly harming Aboriginal cultural heritage is a lesson for all. The Weekly Times Alan James Tweddle was hit with a $20,000 fine for extracting sand from a quarry on his property that had been deemed an Aboriginal site. This is the… Aboriginal cultural heritage… Read More »

SHSU study examines death penalty support in Mexico

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HUNTSVILLE, TX (3/28/17) — In sharp contrast to previous studies of public support for the death penalty conducted in the U.S., Catholics in Mexico were found to be more likely to support capital punishment, while older… Sam Houston State University Eurek Alert The study, “State- and Individual-level Predictors of Mexican Death Penalty Support,” by Ph.D. Student Alexander H. Updegrove and Erin A. Orrick, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at… SHSU study examines… Read More »

EU to give more power to national antitrust authorities in a bid to secure regulatory fines

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Last week, the European Commission has proposed a new set of rules to give national antitrust authorities more power and resources against anti-competitive practices. Carlo Motta European Sting The proposed rules, which followed a public consultation that was launched last year, are intended to make the bloc’s national competition agencies more autonomous but also more reactive against multinational firms over… EU to give… Read More »

Brexit threatens environmental law enforcement

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The UK will have to rethink its institutional and judicial system to maintain environmental standards. Kalina Oroschakoff and Marion Solletty Politico Leaving the European Union means there won’t be a bad cop anymore to hold the British government to account on the environment. That role is… Brexit threatens environmental… Read More »

Access to justice is no longer a worker’s right, but a luxury

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Fees have put employment tribunals out of reach for many. The supreme court must restore the balance Aditya Chakrabortty The Guardian Laws that cost too much to enforce are phoney laws. A civil right… Access to justice… Read More »

China-Australia Extradition Treaty Collapses Amid Human Rights Concerns

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It fell apart not long after Barnaby Joyce insisted it was a “pretty safe deal”. Karen Barlow HuffPost CANBERRA – The Turnbull Government has shelved plans to enact an extradition treaty with China, under the combined opposition of Labor, the Greens, Nick Xenophon Team, former Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, and a… China-Australia Extradition… Read More »

EU should apply effective asylum seekers policy!

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If the EU fails in passing the difficult test of patience and ability to act promptly in the migrant policy, the current leaders will have to say goodbye to their posts Tomas Zdechovsky Daily Sabah Although the reverberations of last year’s migrant crisis are noticeable even today, a brief look at the print media or news servers gives the impression that the situation is returning back to normal. Yes, considering the… EU should apply… Read More »

When the Law Opposes the Truth Rather Than Protects It

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Would we be allowed to ask who ISIS are inspired by? Douglas Murray Gatestone Institute Would they be allowed to say that the perpetrator was a Muslim? Would they be… When the Law… Read More »