TTIP – more “foreign” judges criticising “our” laws?

UK Human Rights Blog

ttip-eu-komission-infografiken_englisch_722px_5_0Last week, on 15 January 2015, TTIP was debated in the House of Commons – see here. It is important for us all, but why?

TTIP stands for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed trade agreement between the US, the EU, and various members of the EU including the UK. A sober account of its history and scope was produced for the HoC debate (here), and a rather less polite view is here from George Monbiot. 

Now, TTIP contains the usual things which one might expect to see in a trade agreement, such as the reduction or removal of tariffs between the respective trading blocs. And it comes with the usual accompanying material suggesting that all parties will benefit massively from the deal to the tune of billions of euros.

So what is there not to like?

Well, one part of the concern is that it will confer on investors…

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Monitoring of sex offenders by home visits does not breach human rights – Court of Appeal

UK Human Rights Blog

_60540582_policevisitsM, R (on the application of) v Hampshire Constabulary and another (18 December 2014) [2014] EWCA Civ 1651 – read judgment

The law governing the monitoring of sex offenders, allowing police officers to visit the homes of registered offenders, did not constitute an unlawful interference with the offenders’ privacy rights under Article 8 of the ECHR.

This was an appeal against a decision by the appellant (M) against a decision by Hallett LJ and Collins J in the Administrative Court that the practice of police officers making visits to the homes of registered sex offenders for the purpose of monitoring their behaviour did not violate the Convention.

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Misuse of the Red Cross Emblem: Current Issues and Future Challenges

International Law Matters is pleased to welcome this guest post by Jonathan Crowe.  Jonathan Crowe is an Associate Professor in the T C Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. He is co-author (with Kylie Weston-Scheuber) of Principles of International Humanitarian Law (Edward Elgar, 2013). A version of this article appeared previously in the ‘Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Magazine’.

The Red Cross emblem is one of the most widely recognised symbols in the world. This is as it should be: the emblem, along with the red crescent and the more recently adopted red crystal, plays an indispensable role in protecting humanitarian workers during armed conflicts. Misuse of the protected emblems has long been a problem recognised by international humanitarian law. Traditionally, efforts to preserve the sanctity of the emblems have centered on combating perfidious uses, where the emblem is deliberately employed by combatants to gain a military advantage. Continue reading