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BBC Radio 4, 7 June 2018
Professor Aileen Mccolgan commented on the pressure to change abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
BBC World Service, 5 June 2018
Professor Robert Wintemute discussed The European Court of Justice's ruling that EU countries must recognise same-sex marriage for immigration matters. The New York Times also covered the story.
A legal maverick bides his time
International New York Times, 31 May 2018
Dr Eva Pils contributed to a feature article discussing Chinese intellectuals struggling for a voice under authoritarianism.
For the EU, the clock is ticking on Trump's threat of steel tariffs
Gaza is Israel's Sowetowww.aljazeera.com 17 May 2018
The Times, 18 May 2018
Dr Holger Hestermeyer, Laws, commented on the legality of US steel tariffs.
Professor Robert Wintemute wrote an opinion piece for Aljazeera.
Numbers cannot be sole focus of policy on migrants
Financial Times, 30 April 2018
Letter from Professor Satvinder Juss on immigration.
Stop and Search
BBC Radio Five Live 07 April 2018 11:01:32
The mayor of London says police should be confident to stop and search someone they suspect may be carrying a weapon. Comments from Ben Bowling, Professor of Criminal Justice.
Rising knife and gun crime in London
BBC Radio 4 07 April 2018 07:19:58
Ben Bowling, Professor of Criminal Justice at King's College London, comments.
'I'm getting ready for my trip now. Thank you for everything'
18 March 2018 Observer
Feature on assisted suicide laws in the Netherlands, featuring comments from Professor Penney Lewis.
Brainy Brits come out for Brexit
18 February 2018, Sunday Times
A group of academics including Professor John Tasioulas and Professor Guglielmo Verdirame, Law, voiced their support for Brexit. The Daily Mail, Daily Express and City AM also reported.
Big Questions: Philosopher John Tasioulas on Justice, Privilege and What People Get Wrong About Human Rights
16 February 2018, Rightsinfo.org
An interview with the Director for the Centre of Politics, Philosophy & Law.
English courts can see off European usurpers
14 February 2018. The Times The Brief
Professor Jonathan Harris writes that 'Brexit and international commercial courts opening in Paris and Amsterdam are serious but not insurmountable threats.'
Why the not-for-profit cultural sector needs tailor-made copyright safe harbours
13 February 2018, The Conversation
Dr Emily Hudson and a colleague from the Victoria University of Wellington write on copyright law in response to a bill going through the Australian Parliament.
13 February 2018, The Hindu
Dr Prabha Kotiswaran writes on measures India can take to prevent human trafficking.
How Guyana can avoid the curse of oil
5 February 2018, Financial Times
An article in the FT focuses on Exxon Mobil's discovery of oil in the Guyana basin. Professor Leif Wenar is quoted.
US genetics scientist among winners of esteemed Israel prize
8 February 2018
Professor Jonathan Glover is among the winners of Israel's prestigious Dan David Prize this year. The New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Mail and Fox News covered the story.
How to fix an economy stuck in the slow lane
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Dr Ewan McGaughey contributed to an article in the Independant on UK productivity.
3 December 2017
Professor Ben Bowling was interviewed as part of a BBC Radio 4 Documentary on the validity of a university education.
Romania gay marriage case could have outsize impact in Europe
22 November 2017
Professor Robert Wintemute, Law, comments in the New York Times.
Fact check: Has assisted dying been a legal slippery slope overseas?
10 November 2017
Professor Penney Lewis explains the circumstances where it is permissible to broaden the assisted dying framework without changing legislation, drawing examples from the US. Her commentary is part of a fact checking article on assisted dying published by ABC (Australia).
Saudi Arabia Aljazeera interview
30 October 2017
Interview with Professor Leif Wenar on Saudi Arabia Aljazeera English Newshour regarding Saudi Arabia planning to offer shares in its national oil company Aramco. He also commented on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.
Doctors clash over euthanasia for mentally ill
26 October 2017
Article on euthanasia published in the Daily Mail for people suffering from mental illness includes comment from Professor Penney Lewis, Law. Professor Lewis’ input was also carried by ABC, the AP, the New York Times and Washington Post.
Two countries, one law degree
19 October 2017
An overview of King's new joint LLB/JD program profiled in The Standard, Hong Kong
Brexit talks 'deadlocked' as no deal option looms
13 October 2017
A legal assessment of Labour’s 26 specific economic proposals by Professor Andrea Biondi published in The Week.
EU Internal Market Sub-Committee evidence
12 October 2017
Professor Andrea Biondi provided evidence to the House of Lords EU Committee. Read more.
Government missing opportunities to turn equality intention into legislation
11 October 2017
Professor Satvinder Juss contributed to the Women and Equalities Committee, providing evidence into equality legislation after the UK’s EU exit.
Labour Leavers’ claims that EU blocks state takeovers are rejected by experts
1 October 2017
Professor Andrea Biondi quoted in multiple articles regarding legal assessment of Labour's 26 expected economic proposals. Read more on The Guardian here. Similar articles ran on 29 September.
Copping it globally: The rise and reach of transnational policing
7 September 2017
Professor Ben Bowling on how policing is increasingly crossing national borders, chasing globalized crime and cyber offenses, and raising serious questions about governance and public accountability. Listen to the podcast.
Nobel laureate: ‘I fear young will lose confidence in academia’
6 September 2017
Nobel laureate Peter Agre has claimed that universities' greatest challenge over the next decade is to ensure that young scholars do not lose faith in academia. Comments by Dr Prabha Kotiswaran.
Non-discrimination and free expression: 'Support Gay Marriage' cake case
5 September 2017
Professor Robert Wintemute spoke at the University of California Berkeley School of Law about the right of private businesses to resist providing services to same-sex couples, an issue currently before the US Supreme Court.
McDonalds has a labour relations ethic on par with the Qatari government
4 September 2017
British workers at two McDonald's restaurants have gone on strike. Dr Ewan McGaughey discusses workplace and labour relations ethics with Julie MacDonald on the Al Jazeera Newshour. Watch the interview here
The oil is theirs
Professor Leif Wenar and Dr Octavio Ferraz on how tyrants and criminals profile from the oil we consume. Read the Quatro cinco um article here.
My rights - The rights of the individual and its consequences
31 August 2017
Professor John Tasioulas discusses non-consequentialist ethics in an episode of Ethics Matters. He explores the concept of rights and obligations with Professor Christian Barry and influential Australian philosopher, Peter Singer. Watch the episode here
Jailed China lawyer to launch appeal
28 August 2017
Financial Times article discussing the alleged crimes of Chinese rights lawyer Liu Yao, makes reference to comments by Dr Eva Pils.
Activist confesses to subversion in Chinese show trial
22 August 2017
Commentary by Dr Eva Pils on the trial of a Chinese human rights attorney who confessed to trying to overthrow the Communist Party in China. Read the New York Times article
Editing the embryo: removing harmful gene mutations
10 August 2017
Director of the Centre for Technology, Law and Society at King’s College London Professor Karen Yeung explores the ethico-legalities of gene editing with Hannah Devlin of the Science Weekly podcast. Listen to the podcast.
Imprisonment for public protection: Stain on the justice system?
14 August 2017
Prisoners are facing indefinite jail sentences under controversial imprisonment for public protection (IPP) orders. Lord Phillips discusses why three thousand people are behind bars even though their minimum sentence has ended, with Martha Kearney on World at One on BBC Radio 4. Listen to the podcast.
Grenfell Tower fire
26 July 2017
Director of the Centre for Construction Law and Dispute Resolution Professor David Mosey appeared on Newsnight, BBC Two to discuss aspects of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Liu Xiaobo, Nobel laureate and political prisoner, dies at 61 in Chinese custody
14 July 2017
China is facing a barrage of international criticism for its treatment of the Nobel laureate and democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo. Commentary by Dr Eva Pils in an article published in The Guardian.
UK Supreme Court quote King's Professor
12 July 2017
In Walker v. Innospec Ltd, The UK Supreme Court quoted from Professor Wintemute's 2014 Industrial Law Journal comment on the case, and described his analysis as “illustrat[ing] the essential flaw in the approach of the EAT and the Court of Appeal”. The UKSC ruled by 5 to 0 that the exception in the Equality Act 2010, which permits pension schemes to discriminate against same-sex spouses and civil partners with regard to survivor's pensions, is incompatible with Directive 2000/78/EC and must be disapplied. View the case details here
10 July 2017
Interview with Professor Penney Lewis about the case of Charlie Gard on Sky News. Professor Lewis also appeared on CBC News.
In 2015, China crushed rights lawyers but activists are still organising
10 July 2017
Dr Eva Pils quoted in a Daily Mail piece on human rights efforts in China. The New York Times also carried the story.
Why Southern Germany has declared war on burqa and Muslims
10 July 2017
Dr Alan Coffee comments in a Newsweek article on Germany’s conservative Catholic state of Bavaria is pushing ahead with a ban on the full Islamic face veil, set to come into effect from August.
Impact of terrorism on UK’s multicultural model
5 June 2017
Professor Robert Wintemute comments on the effect of recent terrorist attacks may have on the UK’s multicultural model on French program C dans l’air, France 5.
Saudi Arabia and terrorism
28 May 2017
‘Fareed’s Take’ on President Trump’s trip to the Middle East includes comments from Professor Leif Wenar. Watch the CNN International Europe piece here
World risks four-year legal grey zone if Trump quits climate pact
31 May 2017 The United States could make other countries’ work on climate change more difficult until 2020 even if President Trump pulls out of a UN agreement. Dr Megan Bowman comments in this Reuters news article. Also reported in New York Times and Times of India.
China activists fear increased surveillance with new security law
26 May 2017
Proposed new legislation has prompted concerns of increased state surveillance in China. NDTV article includes comment from Dr Eva Pils.
Ethical challenges of genome editing
30 September 2016
Preventing the transmission of inherited genetic diseases, and increasing food production rates in farmed animals are two potential applications of genome editing technologies that require urgent ethical scrutiny, according to a new report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Professor Karen Yeung who co-authored the report, said: ‘We examined the way in which these technologies are being taken up in the research community and what we found is that, because of a number of advantages which they offer in relation to existing techniques for manipulating DNA, they are having an unprecedented transformative effect on the biological sciences and for that reason they have the potential to change our expectations and ambitions about human control over the biological world.’ This was also reported by Daily Telegraph, BBC News Online, Nature, Financial Times, Guardian. She also spoke to BBC Radio 4’s Today (07:21) and BBC Radio 5 Live’s Up All Night (04:07).
Belgium minor first 'helped to die'
BBC News Online, 17 September 2016
A terminally ill 17-year-old has become the first minor to be helped to die in Belgium since age restrictions on euthanasia requests were removed two years ago, officials say. The rate of euthanasia in the Netherlands has remained fairly stable at 2.8% of all deaths (in 2010), according to Professor Penney Lewis.
Sky News, 30 August 2016
The French President has made clear that it will be tough for Britain to get the deal it wants once negotiations begin over Brexit. Professor Takis Tridimas, European Law, said: ‘Article 50 does not state that the notification is not revocable. Just as I declare my sovereignty by notifying that I want to withdraw, I can again express my sovereignty by saying I no longer want to withdraw.’
Black Lives Matter
BBC Radio 4 The World This Weekend, 28 August 2016
Report on death of Kingsley Burrell and other cases related to the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK. Professor Ben Bowling, Law, said: ‘[There is] a sense that those deaths have not received the degree of attention which is required.’ (10:30)
Katherine Grainger is Team GB's most decorated female Olympian of all time
Law School alumna Katherine Grainger has won a silver medal in the women’s rowing at the Rio Olympics. This was reported by Sky, Daily Mail, Mirror, Metro, Sun, Daily Express, Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Washington Post and Yahoo.
Times Higher Education Supplement, 4 August 2016
A round-up of academic appointments includes Gillian Douglas as newly appointed Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law.
When does Brexit mean Brexit: Could the UK change its mind?
Daily Mail, 22 July 2016
Since entering Downing Street as Britain's new prime minister last week, Theresa May has tried to dispel hopes that the UK might change its decision about leaving the European Union. Professor Keith Ewing, Law, commented that there is no provision for revoking Article 50. ‘It is not foreseeable that the British government will change its mind,’ he said. This was also reported in Reuters.
China crackdown on lawyers
New York Times, 08 July 2016
A year on from the Chinese government’s largest-ever crackdown against human rights lawyers and activists, Dr Eva Pils, Law, comments. ‘There is a new assertiveness in the Xi era with the claims that we're running the legal system our way,’ she said. This was also reported by Washington Post, Daily Mail and Associated Press.
Public health in Brazil
Folha de S. Paulo, 05 June 2016
Dr Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz, discusses the role of law in deciding legislation on healthcare. ‘The judiciary does not increase the budget by magic, but redistributes the limited budget,’ he said.
Age is just a number for money-smart law student
Asia One Business 29 May 2016
Law student Lim Kian Chun is interviewed about his four start-up businesses.
Letters to the editor
The Economist 28 May 2016
Visiting Professor Michael Singer, has written a piece in response to another article written about the 50th anniversary of the Cultural revolution in China. ‘Your article brought back memories of Western intellectuals at the time who supported Mao Zedong’s eradication of old customs, culture, habits and ideas,’ he said.
Why you should be worried about the trade union bill
Huffington Post UK 27 April 2016
The trade union bill proposed by the government has faced harsh criticism. Professor Keith Ewing, Law, describes it as: ‘A living death by a thousand cuts to trade unions, only stopping short of banning them altogether.’
Impeachment in Brazil
Prospect Magazine 19 April 2016
The lower house of Congress in Brazil has voted to impeach its president, Dilma Rousseff. Dr Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz provided comment for BBC Brazil; and research student, Diogo Costa, Political Economy, wrote a piece for the Telegraph.
Woman fights Russian law on organ removal without consent
Fox news 18 April 2016
Russian law states that doctors are allowed to take organs from deceased patients without informing their families. Commenting on the controversial ruling, Professor Robert Wintermute, Law, said: ‘My sympathies lie more with the governments that are trying to save lives through transplantation of healthy organs that are absolutely of no use to the deceased or their families.’
Maths, a Merc and the import-export business
Financial Times, 06 April 2016
Professor Michael Singer, Visiting Professor, has written a piece about his career as a lawyer and now law Professor. ‘Many years ago, before I trained as a lawyer and became a law professor, I was a mathematics professor,’ he said.
The Bard, fact or fiction: That is the question
Times 26 March 2016
The article highlights a number of events happening to mark 400 since Shakespeare’s death, and mentions ‘Shakespeare and the Law’ moot competition organised by The Dickson Poon School of Law and the English department.
Student law societies are much more than fancy balls and networking
Guardian 18 March 2016
King’s Law society has won the award for ‘best society for non-law students’ at the 2016 LawCareers.Net student law society awards.
Immorality and inequality
Folha de S.Paulo, 13 March 2016
Dr Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz, Law, discusses the ethics of inequality. ‘What level of inequality would be right…and what makes inequality an evil are questions that do not achieve the same degree of consensus,’ he said.
Reality Check: Did the UK lose its sovereignty in 1972?
BBC News, 10 March 2016
Professor Takis Tridimas, Centre of European Law, discusses British sovereignty within the context of the Brexit debate. ‘What is not on offer is selective compliance with EU law, i.e. a situation where Parliament picks and chooses which provisions of EU law to follow and which not to follow on a case-by-case basis. This is not on offer under any international agreement,’ he said.
King’s academics have commented on a variety of topics relating to the recently announced EU referendum. Academics have also commented on the legal disagreement between Cabinet Minister Michael Gove and Prime Minister David Cameron.
Professor Sir Francis Jacobs, President of the Centre of European Law, was interviewed on the Today programme on BBC Radio Four and said ‘EU Law must remain sovereign for the EU to function properly'.
Professor Takis Tridimas, Director of the Centre of European Law, discussed the UK’s EU membership renegotiations on BBC News. ‘At the moment we have a draft agreement which needs to be approved by the representative of the other members of state,’ he said. On the question of whether David Cameron's EU deal is legally binding, Professor Tridimas, in an interview with BBC News, said: 'Ultimately, the precise interpretation and effect of the UK's arrangements will be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. However, it would be inconceivable for the European Court to ignore a binding commitment by all member states which has been endorsed by a popular referendum.'
Speaking to The Independent, Professor Alexander Türk said: 'The ECJ would have to think very long and hard to overturn an arrangement which has been agreed over many months in a difficult political situation. The Court would have to be convinced this is worth derailing.'
Is Humanity Getting Better?
International New York Times, 15 February 2016
Professor Leif Wenar has written an opinion piece on his interpretation of the state of humanity. ‘The real trick to understanding our world is to see it with both eyes at once. The world now is a thoroughly awful place — compared with what it should be. But not compared with what it was. Keeping both eyes open gives depth to our perception of our own time in history, and makes us better able to see where paths to more progress may be open,’ he said.
BBC World News 05 February 2016
A United Nations report has said that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained by the UK and Sweden and should be released immediately. Considering whether legally this is a case of arbitrary detention, Professor Robert Wintemute said: ‘I think the working group got it wrong. I would describe his stay as self-inflicted.’
Diplomatic immunity hearings in London courts on the rise
Financial Times 29 January 2016
The article focuses on the increasing number of people claiming diplomatic immunity in London. Dr Philippa Webb, Law, comments: ‘In the past, most cases where diplomatic immunity has been said to have been abused have been settled behind closed doors. What is unusual about these cases is they are coming to court and the UK is clarifying the law in this area.’
BBC Radio London 29 January 2016
Professor Robert Wintemute, Law, comments on the case of a heterosexual couple not being allowed to have a civil partnership. The current legislation only allows same sex couples to have a civil partnership. ‘The UK is the only country in the world where the legislators have not allowed different sex couples to have a civil partnership,’ he said.
The threat of technological progress
BBC World News 19 January 2016
Professor Stephen Hawking recently said that in the next thousands of years, technological progression, nuclear war, global warming and genetically engineered viruses would be a huge threat to the existence of humanity. Discussing his comments, Professor Karen Yeung said: ‘With expanded technological capacities come great responsibilities.’
Carriage and horse
The Economist 16 January 2016
The article highlights that the number of countries where births are out of wedlock have increased. Professor Robert Wintemute, comments that this could be due to the number of couples getting married decreasing.
China cracks down on rights figures with subversion charges
Wall Street Journal15 January
Chinese authorities have formalised the arrests of several long-detained human-rights lawyers and activists on suspicion of subversion. Dr Eva Pils, Law, said: ‘A political decision was made that lawyers doing their job in this way was something the authorities couldn’t tolerate. It’s incompatible with the goals of the state.’
Queen’s Counsel in England and Wales: 2015 to 2016
Bloomberg Business 11 January 2016
Professor Robert Blackburn, Law, has been announced as being appointed to Queen’s Counsel. In the announcement, Professor Blackburn was noted to have been recommended for: ‘his constitutional law work and in particular for his report on how a written constitution might work.’
Wife of Chinese human rights lawyer missing for six months tells of despair
Guardian 11 January 2016
To mark the sixth month anniversary of the disappearances of civil rights lawyers in China, Dr Eva Pils, Law, said: ‘Their absence is keenly felt. It does diminish the vibrancy of China’s human rights movement; and I know that unfortunately, some part of a person who ‘went in’ may never be back.’ In another article which focuses on the missing human right lawyers, Dr Pils comments: ‘It is basically about as serious as it gets for human rights advocacy. It is awful. At the moment there is really a sense of shock and people slightly reeling from this.’ This was also reported by Guardian.
Just say no to stolen oil
Wall Street Journal 08 January 2016
Professor Leif Wenar, Law, questioned the morality of the global oil trade in this opinion piece. ‘These regimes control oil, and we need it. But we too often look past the troubling moral reality of the global oil trade, which is based on the archaic principle that ‘might makes right' he said.
Study abroad 2015 – 16
Times of India 15 December 2015
Major Indian newspaper Times of India has published its annual ‘Study Abroad’ guide for 2015-2016. Law student Shruti Subramaniam is quoted discussing her LLB course. ‘Studying at King’s in London will make me an international and well-rounded graduate who is sought after by employers,’ she said.
Chinese prosecution of lawyers
BBC World News 14 December 2015
China has been criticised for the persecution of many of its leading lawyers, including the recent trial of lawyer Pu Zhiqiang. Dr Eva Pils, Dickson Poon School of Law, said: ‘Targeting him now is symbolic of the wider crackdown on civil society in China, especially on free speech.
The Economist 12 December 2015
Professor Leif Wenar, Law, discusses consumerism and trade in oil, minerals and metals in the West. Professor Wenar argues: ‘Western consumers are blinded to the fact that international trade still operates according to the law of the jungle.’
Dow Chemical, DuPont in merger talks - sources
Daily Mail 9 December 2015
Dow Chemical Co and DuPont are in talks to merge, which will be at a value of more than $120 billion. Dr Angela Zhang, Law, said: ‘A deal like this will definitely be subject to close antitrust scrutiny by Chinese regulators - not just MOFCOM but many other government actors will be involved in the process. That doesn't mean the deal will necessarily be prohibited.’ This was also reported by the Hindustan Times.
LBC Radio 7 December 2015
A Somali refugee who raped two women in Britain has been allowed to stay in the country on humanitarian grounds. Professor Robert Wintemute, Law, said: ‘This decision is not final as the Home Secretary can appeal it.’
State news agency Xinhua: Gao Yu to serve sentence outside of prison
Deutsche Welle 26 November 2015
Deutsche Welle reports that a Chinese appeals court has said jailed journalist Gao Yu will be allowed to serve her sentence outside prison. Dr Eva Pils comments.
China accused of trying to 'co-opt and emasculate' Christianity
Guardian, 17 November 2015
A secretive conference to examine the future of Christianity in China is due to take place in Beijing. Commenting on the position religion has in the state, Dr Eva Pils discussed the fear in Beijing that the rapidly growing church could become a political threat. ‘This isn’t really about religion; it’s about loyalty and power. For years there was a sense that Christianity was less likely to be targeted in this way, partly because it was very well understood that there was a higher political cost to persecuting them,’ she said.
Room for Debate: Very Few Businesses Can Be Trusted
The New York Times, 10 November 2015
Businesses cannot be relied on to regulate themselves (except in very limited circumstances) writes Professor Karen Yeung Director of the Centre for Technology, Ethics, Law & Society.
Britain announces plan to update surveillance laws
International New York Times, 04 November 2015
UK home secretary Theresa May has announced new proposals for tougher scrutiny over ‘snooping’ by spy agencies. Dr Cian Murphy, Law, said that there were positive developments in the proposals. ‘The move towards a judicial role in the authorisation of surveillance is welcome, but the mechanism requires study,’ he said.
Is this the end of marriage?
The Observer, 01 November 2015
Heterosexual couples are fighting for the right to a civil partnership, eschewing the age-old traditions of matrimony. Professor Robert Wintemute, Law, said: ‘An alternative to marriage for both different-sex and same-sex couples exists in the Netherlands, Gibraltar, Malta, Quebec, South Africa, New Zealand and the US states of Hawaii and Illinois. There is no evidence that it has threatened marriage in any of these places.’
Civil Partnership for opposite-sex couples
Independent, 21 October 2015
A new Bill which will be introduced in the House of Commons will allow couples who are unmarried and do not want to get married to enter into civil partnerships. Commenting on the bill, Professor Robert Wintemute, said: ‘There are many men and women who do not feel comfortable with the symbolism and cultural baggage of marriage.’ This was also reported by Guardian.
Should all laws be enforced?
BBC Radio 4 21 October 2015
Professor John Tasioulas comments on whether there is any point in having laws which cannot be or are not enforced. Professor Tasioulas said: ‘Legal systems can exist in theory without any enforcement and mechanisms.’
Times of India, 19 October 2015
For students interested in working at a major international law firm, attending international higher education institutions can be highly beneficial. Professor Satvinder Juss, Dickson Poon School of Law, advised: ‘Indian students who wish to study law overseas should look to apply to world-class institutions. The study of national law should be combined with global themes and perspectives because this drives the development on law.’
Assisted dying: what does the law in different countries say?
BBC World News 6 October 2015
California has become the fifth US state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives with a doctor's supervision. Professor Penney Lewis writes on the law in different states and countries in regards to the right to die.
Why do we have Human Rights?
BBC World Service The Why Factor, 4 September 2015
Following the end of World War Two, the UN proclaimed its Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Discussing the current state of human rights, Professor John Tasioulas, said: ‘There is a certain dignity to human beings, each human being matters…has certain basic interests. These are sufficient to impose duties on the rest of us…such that if we didn’t comply with them, we’d be acting in a wrongful way.’
Chinese reporter makes on-air 'confession' after market chaos
Guardian 31 August 2015
A journalist from one of China’s leading financial magazines has been forced to confess on television for supposedly triggering stock market chaos with his reporting. Wang Xiaolu, a business reporter for Caijing, was arrested last Tuesday after writing a story that claimed China’s securities regulator was pondering ending interventions aimed at stabilising the stock market. Dr Eva Pils, Law, said: ‘I have heard previously of people being forced to make statements in front of a camera without that later being shown. But I think that now clearly they have also tried to get these filmed confessions and to broadcast them. I think this is a sort of trademark Xi Jinping thing.'
Google digs in for protracted antitrust FightTracking the fight in Europe
Wall Street Journal 28 August 2015
In a formal response to antitrust charges, Google rejected a European Union demand that it changes how its search engine functions. Professor Renato Nazzini, Law, commenting on the length of the ruling said: ‘These really drawn-out cases are not good for anyone.’
Weiwei paints China in new light
Sunday Times 23 August 2015
The Chinese artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei is under attack for making sympathetic comments about the Communist party’s authoritarian regime, given during a landmark trip to Germany. Dr Eva Pils said: ‘I see Ai Weiwei as a victim of oppression and it’s really important to keep that in mind.’
Oil states burn billions as global axis of power shifts
Times 17 August 2015
Saudi Arabia is burning through its foreign reserves at an unprecedented rate as it struggles to cope with plummeting oil prices and the high costs of waging war in both Yemen and Syria. Professor Leif Wenar said: ‘The world’s consumers will be much better off, especially the poor, who spend a higher proportion of their income on energy. Big importers such as India, China, Japan and many developing countries will be winners. It should help growth and cut the cost of basic goods.’
China's Embattled Lawyers
BBC World Service 15 August 2015
In the past two months over 200 Chinese lawyers and their associates have been detained – some have even vanished completely. The Chinese government says that they’ve been abusing their positions to influence the outcome of court decisions, and “breaching laws for personal profits”. The lawyers say that the crackdown is a politically-motivated attempt to discredit them and curtail their activities. Dr Eva Pils joins the discussion.
The desperate hunt for Li Heping, China's missing human rights warrior Guardian, 10 August 2015
Two Chinese lawyers are determined to find one of China’s best-known human rights attorneys, Li Heping, who has been missing after a Communist party crackdown. Dr Eva Pils, commenting in the Guardian said: ‘We know from experience that if people like him are detained and put in incommunicado detention, what it has got to mean is that they are being subjected to very, very harsh questioning and we fear it may involve torture.’ Dr Pils has commented extensively on this topic, ‘It’s an attempt to control the way rights advocacy has developed because lawyers…have become more skilful and bolder,’ she said.
China's crackdown on lawyers sparks debate on Communist Party's strength
The Sydney Morning Herald 26 July 2015
Dr Eva Pils is quoted in a story about how Chinese police have detained more than 220 lawyers and human rights activists during the last three weeks.
A Terrorism Case in Britian Ends in Acquittal, but No One Can Say Why
The New York Times 25 July 2015
Dr Cian Murphy comments on secret hearings and national security. 'How is the public to evaluate the state’s actions if the media cannot report on it?' he says.
The US-UK divide on sex cases
BBC News 13 July 2015
Bill Cosby faces a string of allegations of sexual assault but cannot be prosecuted in the US because of the statute of limitations. In the UK there is no time limit in sexual abuse and other serious cases. What explains this difference?The notion dates as far back as ancient Greece, explains Professor Penney Lewis.
Interview with King's law alumnus, George Pothan, Ministry of Legal Affairs
SuperLawyer website 10 July 2015
Mr Pothan is interviewed about his experience of studying for his LLM at King's and says, 'It was simply amazing. I was taught and inspired by some of the best professionals in their respective fields'.
Budget 2015: a new pensions tangle explained
BBC News 9 July 2015
Professor Anne Redston writes on budget announcements affecting pensions. 'This Budget not only chipped away at the pension tax regime, but also suggested that the entire edifice might be pulled down and replaced', she writes.
Anderson report: Let UK agencies collect bulk surveillance data
New York Times 11 June 2015
David Anderson has conducted a comprehensive assessment of intelligence gathering in the UK in a new report which makes a series of recommendations to Government, reports the Telegraph. Dr Cian Murphy, Law, welcomed the conclusions of the report, writes the New York Times. ‘The report…gives Britain the best possible chance for effective and proportionate powers, in compliance with the law and protective of civil liberties’, he said.
Britain has no written constitution. Meet the man who drafted one
Washington Post blog 7 June 2015
Q&A with Professor Robert Blackburn on his involvement in Parliament’s Political and Constitutional Reform Committee.
After 800 years, Britain finally asks: Do we need a written constitution? Washington Post 7 June 2015
An article on the prospect of constitutional reform in Britain cites the work conducted by Professor Blackburn on behalf of a parliamentary committee.
Lives remembered: Charles Kennedy
Times 4 June 2015
Professor Lord Raymond Plant, The Dickson Poon School of Law, discusses the life of the late Charles Kennedy, reflecting on when he taught him as a student at Glasgow University. He wrote: 'He was an exceptionally clever and committed student and he had a particular interest in issues to do with social justice.'
Time for an Indian Magna Carta
Professor Satvinder Juss has written an opinion piece for the Magna Carta collectors' edition of The Week. 'Perhaps it is time for some enterprising young lawyer to resurrect Magna Carta's Clause 40 again, in the Mumbai courts, as justice sets out to be sold to those who can pay for it' he writes.
University Business May 2015
James Lee, Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Scholarships, explains the range of scholarships on offer in The Dickson Poon School of Law and how programmes benefit students, 'a law degree is not purely a path into law - we hope that our exceptional students will be among the great minds and leaders of tomorrow.'
You don't have to have a one-track mind to study law
The Guardian 29 May 2015
A piece exploring the benefits of studying a joint honours law degree quotes Professor John Tasioulas, Director at the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law: 'By placing the law in the context of its underlying values and the social reality in which it operates. Such courses enable students to become more creative and penetrating thinkers.'
The Human Rights Act
Sky News 26 May 2015
Professor Robert Wintemute, was interviewed on Sky News on scrapping the Human Rights Act. Professor Wintemute argues that the government would hugely damage the human rights system as it would set a dangerous precedent for countries which maybe have a less robust legal system.
Professor Luiz Edson Fachin
Correio Braziliense 20 May 2015
Article on Visiting Professor Luiz Edson Fachin, the Dickson Poon School of Law, who needs the votes of 41 senators to take charge of the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court. In the 'Who is he?' section, the piece mentions Professor Fachin speaks English, Spanish, Italian and French fluently.
The US must ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty
New York Times 19 May 2015
Professor David Caron, Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law, has written a piece looking at how the US has been facing territorial questions for all oceans after the Second World War and discusses the ground rules necessary for navigating the realities of a new Arctic. Commenting on the Law of the Sea Treaty, Professor Caron wrote: 'The treaty would officially give US fisherman priority over stocks adjacent to the American coast, and the US. Navy would continue to navigate the globe unimpeded. But the US, almost alone, has never ratified the treaty it sought and needed, despite the efforts of every President since, because the rule is so customary that it goes mostly unchallenged.'
Brussels briefing; The other side of Europe
Irish Examiner 18 May 2015
The article references research carried out by Dr Cian Murphy. '(the research) reported that few EU countries exchange information because of a lack of trust — which is understandable given recent revelations about German spying for the US'.
Where do we go now?
Morning Star 12 May 2015
Professor Keith Ewing, Dickson Poon School of Law, has written a piece regarding the future vision of trade unions following last week's General Election result. Discussing the outcome for Labour, he wrote: 'Trade unions will now pay a heavy price for Labour’s defeat. Tory plans are set out clearly enough in their election manifesto, including the much-trumpeted proposals for yet more restrictions on strike ballots, most notably a requirement that strikes in certain sectors will need the support of 40 per cent of those eligible to vote, as well as a majority of those voting.
Commercial courts can assist in arbitration system
Financial Times 7 May 2015
Professor Jan Dalhuisen has written in to the Financial Times regarding the commercial courts. He wrote: 'In matters that affect the public interest, private dispute resolution feels counter-intuitive and there is a natural suspicion particularly acute in foreign investments. It is not helped by the fact that this arbitration practice is often run like a business that may attract large fees.'
The search for a 'legally binding' climate response
Business Spectator 1 May 2015
As December’s Paris climate change summit draws close, key elements of the new global climate regime are still in play writes Stephen Minas, Research Fellow at the Transnational Law Institute, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.
Anti-trust probe could hit Google's business: Law expert
CNBC 16 April 2015
After five years, an investigation by the European Commission into conduct by Google is expected to reach a conclusion. Professor Renato Nazzini, The Dickson Poon School of Law, said: ‘If there is a decision…I think this will be a very significant interference with how Google runs its business. The allegation is that Google somehow manipulates search result to favour itself. The question here is really, is favouring one’s business not what all competition and business is about?’
Rousseff nominates Law Professor for seat on Brazil’s top court
Bloomberg Business 15 April 2015
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has nominated a former visiting Professor at King’s, for the role of Supreme Court judge. The appointment of Professor Luiz Edson Fachin, who was a Visiting Professor at The Dickson Poon School of Law, has yet to be approved by the Senate. Also reported in Folha
Budget 2015: Pensions set for another overhaul
BBC News 19 March 2015
Professor Anne Redston, The Dickson Poon School of Law, has written a piece on Chancellor George Osborne's pre-election promises which become law before the country goes to the polls in May. Discussing the next steps, she wrote: 'No-one really knows what will happen after the election, but pensions will continue to be complicated.' Professor Redston was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Six O'Clock News and BBC Radio 4 Today.
European Court rules equal love case inadmissible
Huffington Post UK 16 March 2015
The Equal Love campaign has formally ceased its 2011 application to the European Court of Human Rights following the decision of the European Court that the application is 'inadmissible'. Professor Robert Wintemute, The Dickson Poon School of Law, asked for details of how the application failed to meet the admissibility requirements.
Letters to the editor: Paying tribute to besieged charity
Times 10 March 2015
Letter to the editor regarding how charities and NGOs have rallied around the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Professor Robert Blackburn, History, was one of the signatories. They wrote: 'No organisation should be above reproach or regulation but, as other funders, charities, non-government organisations and concerned individuals, we affirm the right of charities and foundations to freely pursue their objectives within the law.'
Forum:France After Charlie Hebdo
Boston Review 24 February 2015
Professor Maleiha Malik takes part in an online debate for Boston Review. 'Anti-Islam ideology has allowed the far right to reinvent itself as the defender of freedom' she writes.
One in five Dutch doctors would help physically healthy patients die
Guardian 17 February 2015
According to a new study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, one in five Dutch doctors would consider helping someone die even if they had no physical problems but were 'tired of living'. Professor Penney Lewis, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on euthanasia with regard to dementia.
Slavery in English Law
London Review of Books 5 February 2015
Professor Satvinder Juss responds to Sir Stephen Sedley (former Lord Justice of Appeal) who wrote about the 'Case of the Slave James Somersett (1772).
Magna Carta 800 Years On
BBC Radio 4 Law in Action 3rd February 2015
This year, 2015, marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, a legal document often seen as the cornerstone of British freedoms. The Rt Hon Lord Judge, The Dickson Poon School of Law, was interviewed on how much of Magna Carta is still law today, is Magna Carta really the foundation of modern liberties and whether or not those liberties that have come down to us are under threat. Lord Judge commented on the documents. He said: 'I was disappointed to see that the second British Library one was much more damaged than I thought it was. I knew it had been burnt, but I didn't know that somebody had tried to restore it and made such a mess of it.'
Letters to the editor: Action on tax
Times 29 January 2015
Letter to the editor on how the global tax system enables multinational companies to avoid huge sums in tax. The signatories include Stephanie Eldridge, Fundraising and Supporter Development, and Dr Ann Mumford, The Dickson Poon School of Law.
Where’s the evidence? Moving from ideology to data in economic and social rights
Dr Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz writes that to advance the polarised openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights, we need more empirical research, and less ideology.
Employment tribunal fees price workers out of justice
Letter that discusses how there has been a huge drop in claim since the introduction of fees for anyone taking their employer to an employment tribunal, which could mean that that a growing number of unlawful employment practices are going unpunished. One of the signatories is Professor Keith Ewing, The Dickson Poon School of Law.
New year honours 2015: the full list
Guardian 30 December 2014
The New Year Honours for 2015 has been published listing the new knights, dames, MBEs and OBEs in the UK and overseas. Professor Peter Riven Braude, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, has been awarded an OBE for services to Reproductive Medicine as was Professor Jennifer Elizabeth Gallagher, Professor of Oral Health Strategy, for services to Oral Health. Dickson Poon CBE, owner of Harvey Nichols, has received a knighthood in this year’s Honours list. The Hong Kong based philanthropist donated a gift of £20 million to the former School of Law at King’s, which has since been renamed The Dickson Poon School of Law. Also reported by Times.
Law at King's College London is top in its subject area owing to most world leading research. The article reports that London universities are breaking up the traditional dominance of Oxford and Cambridge, according to official figures on research excellence.
King’s College London claims REF 2014 crown for best performance
King's College London has risen 15 places on grade point average, from joint 22nd in 2008's research assessment exercise to seventh in 2014's REF. King's also improved its GPA by submitting 1,396, compared to 1172 in 2008. The article states: 'King's College London is arguably the biggest winner in the 2014 research excellence framework.' Also reported by Daily Telegraph, Times, ITV 1 London Today, Evening Standard London, Financial Times, Daily Mail, Times Higher Education Supplement and Press Association.
Degree in demand
Indian lawyers have once again found themselves in demand following increased international trade after a change in government and an improving global economy. Professor Satvinder Juss, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the benefits of pursuing a law degree. He said: 'Graduates of our school have routinely secured jobs in law firms across the world, government bodies, NGOs and human rights agencies. Many have also gone on to conduct postgraduate research in other law schools.'
Six trends in campus design
Article looks at how changes styles of development in the UK have defined different eras of higher education. The piece mentions when The Dickson Poon School of Law moved into Somerset House, fulfilling an ambition that the university had pursued for 180 years. Also reported by Daily Mail.
New rules for business travel and gifts
Professor Anne Redston, The Dickson Poon School of Law, writes about changes in employee taxation in the Autumn Statement. She notes that the government has agreed to change the system so that certain business expenses can be reimbursed to employees without dispensations or claims.
The policeman who shot dead the unarmed teenager Michael Brown has spoken out for the first time and has insisted that his conscience is clear. Professor Benjamin Bowling was interviewed on the grand jury's decision and whether there is trust and confidence in the police in Missouri. He said: 'There seems to be no consent. There's no trust. There's no confidence. When you realise that the grand jury has not even brought the officer to justice, has refused even to bring the facts to an open court for the officer to face an investigation and charges for shooting an unarmed man, it's quite astonishing.'
Teaching of law must reflect realities of a transnational world Financial Times 16 November 2014
Professor David D. Caron, The Dickson Poon School of Law, has written a piece on the importance of transnational emphasis in law, given that law is a reflection of underlying political, social and economic structures. Commenting on how King's achieves this, he wrote: 'Students at The Dickson Poon School of Law are deeply rooted in the law of England and Wales, but the school also works on the principle that a legal education should be complemented by transnational themes.' Letters: To determine the true cost of immigration, we need more accurate figures
Telegraph 6 November 2014
Letter expressing concern over the European Arrest Warrant as without it, other EU members may be unable to speedily extradite suspects. Dickson Poon Distinguished Visitor Lord Phillips, Sir Francis Jacobs QC, and Dr Cian Murphy were among the signatories.
EU payment row
BBC News 24 October 2014
Following the announcement that Europe expects the UK to pay an extra £1.7bn towards the EU budget, Professor Takis Tridimas, The Dickson Poon School of Law, was interviewed on BBC News to discuss how this figure came about. He said: 'These contributions are calculated in a way that has been agreed by all member states, based on the gross national income. On a year to year basis, there are adjustments. They just tend to be much smaller than they were this time.'
BBC 2 Newsnight 17 October 2014
Treason is a medieval offence, first passed into law in 1351 during the reign of Edward III. Even though the Act was passed hundreds of years ago and has been amended many times, treason still forbids making war against the sovereign. Dr Cian Murphy, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the concept of treason with regard to Islamic State militants. He said: 'To a certain extent, I think that treason is inadequate to capture the scale of the atrocities.' (Item at 04.16)
Tory bid to liken human rights plan to German legal system backfires
Guardian 3 October 2014
Following reports that the UK justice secretary may have tried to enlist Germany in his campaign against the European court of human rights (ECHR), experts have claimed that any comparison between the British and German legal systems is misleading. Dr Lorenzo Zucca, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on Britain’s conception of the power relationship between London and Strasbourg. He said: 'Throughout the continent, it is now very common to think of the relationship between national courts and Strasbourg as not so much a hierarchical, but a horizontal one: it’s meant to be an ongoing judicial dialogue.
E.U. inquiry into tax deals for multinationals like Apple pushes ahead
New York Times 29 September 2014
Europe’s antitrust regulator will shortly provide fuller details on why it suspects low-tax countries such as Ireland to have made special deals with multinationals like Apple. Professor Andrea Biondi, The Dickson Poon School of Law, discussed the report set to published on Tuesday. He said: 'It could have major repercussions outside Europe, particularly for American companies.' Also reported by Boston Globe.
Socrates among the psychopaths
New Scientist 10 September 2014
Review of Alien Landscapes? Interpreting disordered minds by Professor Jonathan Glover, The Dickson Poon School of Law. The reviewer writes: 'A subtler conclusion is that the thinking of people with disorders of the mind can enrich philosophy. Glover believes that it can, from ethics to epistemology.'
Yes vote could force Queen to appoint Australian-style governor general to act on behalf of the sovereign in an independent Scotland
Daily Mail 10 September 2014
Experts have suggested that the Queen may be forced to appoint an Australian-style representative to rule in her name should Scotland vote for independence. Professor Robert Blackburn, The Dickson Poon School of Law, discussed how the Queen may need to reconsider her role. He said: 'Politically, the Queen could find herself in difficulties if she received contradictory advice on her Royal duties or public utterances on matters of common interest, particularly in foreign or diplomatic matters, where the British and Scottish governments might happen to be at loggerheads.'
Towards a Secular Europe
3:AM Magazine 5 September 2014
Dr Lorenzo Zucca, Reader in Jurisprudence, The Dickson Poon School of Law is interviewed by Richard Marshal for 3:AM magazine.
China targets family, friends to coerce activists
Huffington Post (US) 4 September 2014
To deter political and social activists, Chinese authorities routinely target their family members, friends and associates, pressuring them to be unwilling agents of persuasion or penalizing them directly. Dr Eva Pils, Law, said: 'By making the parents or the children suffer, (the authorities) try to prevent the target person from continuing. And it's very effective because of the guilt you feel for bringing all this anxiety and suffering to them.'
Parents of ill Briton boy, 5, fight extradition from Spain
Fox News (US) 1 September 2014
Article on how Britain has become riveted by the case of little Ashya King, whose parents plucked him from a hospital in southern England and fled to Spain amid a dispute over treatment - with British justice close on the family's heels. Professor Penney Lewis, Law, said that these kinds of cases normally result from a communication breakdown. She said parents are typically only prosecuted when they fail to engage with the medical care entirely and the child dies as a result.
Ashya King case
Professor Penney Lewis has been interviewed for multiple news outlets including:BBC Radio 4 Today; Channel 4 News; Sky News; BBC World; and BBC Radio Five Live. Her interviews with the Press Association and the Associated Press were widely quoted in the national and international press including the Observer, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, ITV News, the Huffington Post, and the National Post.
Battery On Ashya King's Feeding System Likely To Have Expired
Huffington Post UK 29 August 2014
According to police, the battery on the feeding system on a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital by his parents without consent is thought to have expired. Professor Penney Lewis, Centre of Medical Law & Ethics, The Dickson Poon School of Law, was interviewed on the legal issues and ethics surrounding whether an offence had been committed by Ashya King's parents. She said: 'There has never been a case where parents have done something like this and they have been prosecuted.'
Opinion: The killing and imprisonment of journalists should concern us all
thejournal.ie 24 August 2014
Kirsten Roberts, doctoral researcher at The Dickson Poon School of Law, and co-investigator on the Project on Effective Parliamentary Oversight of Human Rights writes for The Journal.
Independent Scotland could lose royal family
The Times 18 August 2014
According to constitutional experts, Scottish independence could lead to Scotland becoming a republic and losing the royal family, despite the Scottish National Party saying it wants the Queen as head of state. Professor Robert Blackburn, Law, commented on the complications that could follow independence. He said: 'Politically, the Queen could find herself in difficulties if she received contradictory advice on her royal duties or public utterances on matters of common interest, particularly in foreign or diplomatic matters, where the British and Scottish governments might happen to be at loggerheads.'
China’s Energetic Antitrust Enforcement of Antitrust Rules Alarms Foreign Firms
New York Times 10 August 2014
The arrival of almost 100 government antitrust investigators into four Microsoft offices in China last month has set off alarm bells in boardrooms around the world. Dr Angela Zhang, Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the Chinese investigations. She said: 'China has a very large bureaucracy, but each agency has its incentives and missions, so when they enforce the law, they try to maximise their own interests.' Also reported by Boston Globe and Economic Times.
Only proper reform can bring clarity to the Justice system
Irish Independent 30 July 2014
Kirsten Roberts, doctoral researcher at The Dickson Poon School of Law, and co-investigator on the Project on Effective Parliamentary Oversight of Human Rights writes for the Irish Independent.
Justice for MH17
Foreign Policy 25 July 2014
When a disaster such as the crash of flight MH17 occurs, there is always a demand for accountability. Dr Philippa Webb, Public International Law, comments on previous cases that involved the International Court of Justice. She said: 'The ICJ does not have an encouraging track record for resolving aerial incidents. No case has ever reached the merits.'
China regulator determines Qualcomm has monopoly - state-run newspaper
CNBC (US) 24 July 2014
China's antitrust regulator has confirmed that Qualcomm Inc, one of the world's biggest mobile chipmakers, has a monopoly, the state-run Securities Times newspaper reported on Thursday, as Qualcomm's chief executive held talks in China. Dr Angela Zhang, The Dickson Poon School of Law, said the report was a, ‘loose expression that the NDRC has gathered facts that Qualcomm has abused its dominant position.’ She added: ‘It seems likely that the decision will be announced soon.’ Also reported by South China Morning Post, Global Post (US), Reuters, Reuters (India) and NDTV (India).
China regulator determines Qualcomm has monopoly - state-run newspaper
Reuters UK 24 July 2014
According to China's state-run newspaper Securities Times, China's antitrust regulator has confirmed that Qualcomm Inc, one of the biggest mobile chipmakers in the world, has a monopoly. The U.S chipmaker is suspected of abusing its monopoly and market position by overcharging, which could see it fined over $1 billion. Dr Angela Huyue Zhang, Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the newspaper's report. She said it was a 'loose expression that the NDRC has gathered facts that Qualcomm has abused its dominant position.'
'Tonight with Vincent Browne'
Television: TV3 July 23, 2014
Kirsten Roberts, doctoral researcher at The Dickson Poon School of Law, and co-investigator on the Project on Effective Parliamentary Oversight of Human Rights talks to Vincent Browne about police reform.
Opinion: What does it actually take to establish an ‘independent’ policing authority?
thejournal.ie 22 July 2014
Kirsten Roberts, doctoral researcher at The Dickson Poon School of Law, and co-investigator on the Project on Effective Parliamentary Oversight of Human Rights writes for The Journal.
'It is a very dangerous world to be gay in'
Guardian 15 July 2014
S Chelvan, PhD student in The Dickson Poon School of Law, was awarded Legal Aid Barrister of the Year at the 2014 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards ceremony last month. Over the past decade, Chelvan has campaigned across immigration and asylum law, and is best known for representing LGBTI clients fleeing from homophobic persecution. He commented: 'The reason I'm at the Bar is to be the mouthpiece for those who have no voice.'
Does Britain need a new Magna Carta?
Telegraph 12 July 2014
Following the publishing of a report put together by King's College London and a constitutional reform select committee, a national debate has been launched. The report, 'A New Magna Carta?', sets out arguments for and against a new written constitution for the UK.
Our liberties must not be given away lightly
Daily Telegraph 10 July 2014
Prompted by the upcoming 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, a proposal by the Commons political and constitutional committee has been published today promising a 'new democratic settlement'in the UK. Research from Professor Robert Blackburn suggests a new document should be drawn up, incorporating all of the conventions and statutes that form part of our constitution. Also reported by BBC News, ITV News and Press Association.
BBC World Service Tuesday 1 July 2014
Professor Rob Wintemute discusses the European Court of Human Rights decision to uphold France's veil ban.(Item begins 25.55).
Court rulings renew debate on euthanasia in Europe
Seattle Times (US) 25 June 2014
One French court acquitted a doctor of poisoning seven terminally ill patients while another ordered physicians to suspend treatment for a comatose man. Another — Britain’s top court — said the country’s ban on aid in dying may be incompatible with human rights. The decisions of the past few days are fueling the arguments of Europeans who say the duty of doctors is to end the suffering of patients who are beyond treatment. Aid in dying is illegal in Britain, although rarely prosecuted. Wednesday’s ruling from the British Supreme Court was unexpectedly far-reaching. Although it dismissed the appeal from two severely disabled men who argued the law should be changed to allow doctors to legally kill them, a majority of judges suggested that Parliament change the law to be in line with human-rights guarantees. Professor Penney Lewis, Law, said: 'It’s the strongest thing they could do, short of overturning the law.'
Beyond cure? Europe euthanasia rulings sear debate
Daily Mail 25 June 2014
Professor Penney Lewis, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented that recent legal judgements in Europe follow a trend of broadening legal acceptance for euthanasia and assisted suicide. She said: ‘I think public opinion has been there a lot longer than the legal opinion.’ Professor Lewis' comments were reported by Press Association and Guardian.
Officers arrest 450 in knife crime operation
BBC London News 25 June 2014
Professor Ben Bowling, commented on a campaign to tackle knife crime in London. He said knife crime is ‘too serious a problem to be left to the police alone’, adding that good parenting and local community work are other important factors.
BBC Radio 4 - Law in Action 10 June 2014
Professor Karen Yeung comments on 'nudge legislation' in relation to the 'heroism bill' announced in the Queen's speech. She uses the example of developments in drink driving laws and said: 'It is actually possible that changes to the law can help to provoke changes in public attitudes but it's certainly not always the case that it will be successful in doing so.'(14.32)
800th anniversary of the Magna Carta
BBC Radio 4 - Law in Action 10 June 2014
Lord Judge, Distinguished Visitor and Visiting Professor in The Dickson Poon School of Law, reflects on the ongoing relevance of Magna Carta today (23.00).
Hundreds protest over India's lack of action on sex attack
Independent 2 June 2014
In an article reporting about protests for women's rights in India and against the government's seeming inability to halt sexual attacks. Dr Prabha Kotiswaran comments on attitudes and the criminal justice system in India, describing is as a 'shambles'.
State Crime in Turkey: The Roboski Massacre
Monday 12 May 2014
Professor Penny Green and Saniye Karakas, doctoral student in The Dickson Poon School of Law, write for Open Democracy.
ITV London Tonight 8 May 2014
Professor Ben Bowling, The Dickson Poon School of Law, comments on the trialling of body cameras by police in the London Borough of Camden. He said: ‘I think that if the police are routinely going to be expected to film members of the public, they should routinely expect the public to be filming them. That way, we’ll have true police accountability'.
Stop and search
BBC News Channel 30 April 2014
Following the announcements of new measures for police forces on stop and search, Professor Ben Bowling, The Dickson Poon School of Law, comments. He said: 'I think we're moving in the right direction. What I would like to have seen is a more robust response from the Home Secretary.'
No 10 and Clegg split over straight civil partnerships
The Sunday Times 27 April 2014
In an article reporting a coalition split as a result of David Cameron vetoing proposals to give heterosexual couples the same rights as homosexual couples to enter civil partnerships, Professor Robert Wintemute, The Dickson Poon School of Law, is quoted: 'In the Netherlands some people don’t like the history of the institution of marriage and some don’t like the terminology. They prefer the idea of being equal civil partners as opposed to husband and wife.
‘Child Euthanasia Law in Belgium First to End Age Limits’
Bloomberg News 26 March 2014
Professor Penney Lewis comments on a change in law in Belgium that allows terminally ill children to request euthanasia from doctors.
Assisted suicide bill is laudable, but poorly drafted
The Conversation 25 March 2014
Isra Black, a PhD student in the Centre for Medical Law & Ethics, writes for The Conversation on a bill for physician-assisted suicide being considered by the Scottish Parliament. She said that 'the reaction to the bill has been mixed, particularly among physicians.'
Republicans, virtue and the values of the market
Open Democracy 21 March 2014
Republicans are often accused of being inconsistent, or even incoherent, in embracing free market policies that are incompatible with their own ideas about civic virtue. But is this accusation fair? Dr Alan Coffee writes for Open Democracy.
'Wilful Neglect' Offence Needed for Health Sector
Irish Medical Times 12 March 2014
Further coverage of Professor Yeung's research that finds A new criminal offence of ‘wilful neglect’ is needed for individuals and organisations in the healthcare sector, to send out a clear message that appalling care warrants public censure and sanction.
Matter of Opinion? Try Matter of Fact
Times Higher Education 10 March 2013
Dean D. Caron and the School are mentioned in an article on World Reputation Rankings. "The university received a £20 million donation from Hong Kong philanthropist Dickson Poon and £7 million from the family of Malaysian alumnus Mark Yeoh; and it recruited Berkeley big-hitter David Caron as dean of law."
Rebuilding Trust in the Police
Evening Standard 7 March 2014
Professor Ben Bowling, The Dickson Poon School of Law, has written to the Evening Standard and argues that the Police are entrusted with extensive powers and it is crucial that due process is observed, especially when using covert methods.
New 'Wilful Neglect' Offense Needed for Healthcare Sector, Say Lawyers
Medical Express 6 March 2014
Existing regulation is not up to the job, argue Professors Karen Yeung of The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London, and Jeremy Horder of the Department of Law at the London School of Economics.
HealthCare Quality: Should "Wilful Neglect" Be a Criminal Offense?Medicalresearch.com, 6 March 2014
Interview with Professor Karen Yeung following the publication of her paper 'How can the criminal law support the provision of quality in healthcare?' in the British Medical Journal.
Government’s Consultation on Criminal Sanction for Wilful Neglect Criticised
The Pharmaceutical Journal, 6 March 2014
Article about the Government’s plan to introduce a new criminal sanction for the wilful neglect or ill-treatment of patients quotes research by Professor Karen Yeung.
Dickson Poon Awarded Honorary Fellowship of King's College London
Hong Kong Tatler 17 February 2014
Hong Kong-based philanthropist Dr Dickson Poon CBE SBS has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of King's College London, in recognition for his exceptional philanthropic support of education and healthcare worldwide.
British Expert Trains Cambodian Judges
The Global Times 10 February 2014
The British Embassy in Phnom Penh has sponsored a training course on company and insolvency law judges in Cambodia. Dr Michael Schillig is conducting the week-long workshop for professional and trainees at the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions.
Sky News 17 January 2014
Professor Ben Bowling, comments on sus laws and said: 'I'm not at all surprised that people have lost trust in the police. I think it's shocking that half the population of England and Wales feel that they can't really trust the police. Stop and search is a really crucial issue in this.'
Jones v UK: The re-integration of State and official immunity?
Blog of the European Journal of International Law 14 January 2014
Dr Philippa Webb, Lecturer in International Law, writes about the Jones v UK torture impunity decision.
Mark Duggan killing
BBC London News 8 January 2014
Professor Ben Bowling is interviewed on the topic of police body cameras in the wake of the return of the verdict that Mark Duggan's death was lawful. 'I can see why a camera might be thought of as a way to verify events. I'm concerned about mission creep and surveillance creep.'
Comment: The Tories should not withdraw Britain from the European Convention on Human Rights
Pink News 6 January 2014
Professor Robert Wintemute warns against plans by the Conservative Party to withdraw Britain from European arrangements protecting human rights as it could have serious repressions for the LGBT community. He said: 'LGBT and other minority voters should think long and hard before supporting the Conservative plan to pull Britain out of the 63-year-old European human rights system.'
Supreme Court judges allow Scientology wedding
BBC News UK 11 December 2013
Dr Lorenzo Zucca speaks about the ruling that means that the Church of Scientology chapel in central London can be registered as a place for marriage.
Interview with Professor Penny Green
Middle East Monitor 9 December 2013
Professor of law and criminology Penny Green talks to Amelia Smith about popular protests, civil society and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Autumn Statement: Bid to recoup £9bn in unpaid tax
BBC News Business 5 December 2013
Professor Anne Redstone, Visiting Professor, on how 'tackling tax avoidance has been a common theme from the government'.
Critics slam woman's forced C-section in Britain
Bloomberg Business Week News 3 December 2013
Professor Penney Lewis, features in coverage about a British authority coming under harsh criticism for having a court declare a pregnant Italian woman incompetent, forcing her to have a caesarean section and then taking her baby into custody (Bloomberg Business Week)
Comment fonctionne la cour européenne des droits de l'homme?
TF1 News, 2 December 2013
Professor Satvinder Juss is interviewed about the veil ban case by during his appearance at the European Court of Human Rights. Professor Juss attended the European Court of Human Rights on 27 November 2013 to take part in a Grand Chamber hearing on France’s ban on wearing the full-face veil in public. Item begins at 1.01.
Lord Judge calls for child witness changes in court
BBC News 22 November 2013
Children should no longer need to be in court in person to give evidence in most cases, the recently retired Lord Chief Justice has told the BBC.
"An antediluvian hangover"
BBC Radio 4 World at One 22 November 2013
Clive Coleman speaks to the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, about why he thinks child victims and witnesses should no longer appear in court.
Child victims and witnesses should no longer appear in court, says Lord Judge
Guardian 21 November 2013
Former lord chief justice says children's physical presence in court is 'an antediluvian hangover from laughable far off days' Lord Judge is Visiting Professor and Distinguished Visitor in The Dickson Poon School of Law.
'Reform court process for children and sex attack victims', says former senior judge
The Telegraph 21 November 2013
Lord Judge, the former Lord Chief Justice, says there may be a case for extending measures currently restricted to child witnesses to adults
Should the UN's legal immunity continue?
World News Australia Radio
Should the UN's legal immunity continue? Guglielmo Verdirame, Professor of International Law, takes part in a debate about whether the UN should have legal immunity.
Innovative Law Schools
Financial Times 10 November 2013
The Dean , Professor David Caron, talks about his move to The Dickson Poon School of Law from the US and the future of the School.
Euthanasia in Belgium
Daily Mail 31 October 2013
Professor Penney Lewis, Dickson Poon School of Law, comments on potential new euthanasia laws in Belgium, which could give children the right to end their own lives with parental consent. Professor Lewis said: 'People elsewhere in Europe are focused on assisted dying for the terminally ill and they are running away from what's happening in Belgium. If the Belgian statutes go ahead, this will be a key boundary that is crossed.'
Belgium considering new euthanasia law for kids
NBC News 31 October 2013
Professor Penney Lewis is quoted. Also reported in Fox News, Huffington Post
Students have the right to redress, so give them a fair hearing
Times Higher Education 24 October 2013
Dr Daniel Sokol, Centre for Medical Law & Ethics, writes that some appeal panels put complaints at a disadvantage and how he has set up a company to help students challenge academic decisions. He says that academics should not criticise students for exercising their right to appeal decisions.
Carol Icahn and Daniel Loeb can't be shut out
Financial Times 15 October 2013
Dr Dionysia Katelouzou, has been mentioned in this piece in the Financial Times as identifying three categories of activism in her research ranging from gentle to aggressive. Her conclusion echoes that of an earlier paper about the US: many assumptions about hedge fund activists are myths.
Full-face veils aren't barbaric, but our response can be
Guardian 17 September 2013
Professor Maleiha Malik, writes about the debates that surround the wearing of a full face veil by Muslim women, and comments that the women themselves should not be excluded from discussion. She said: 'It is crucial to distinguish such legitimate debate, and reasonable regulation, from political and legal responses such as those in France and Belgium that construct Muslim religious differences as barbaric.'
Sharia and English law can work together with honesty and respect
The Times 5 September 2013
Professor Maleiha Malik, is mentioned in this article discussing persecuted minorities and how the state can work can work with Islamic associations to protect (for example) women in unregistered marriages.
British newspaper has advantages in battle with government over secrets
New York Times 20 August 2013
Professor Robert Wintemute, comments on the detention of David Miranda. Professor Wintemute said: 'I hope this is an aberration rather than a signal of a wider clampdown' on press freedom and human rights.
Two arrested over alleged assisted suicide plan
Guardian 18 August 2013
Following the news that two British people have been arrested on suspicion of encouraging or assisting suicide, Dr Daniel Sokol, Centre of Medical Law & Ethics, says that it is notoriously difficult to decide if someone is able to give informed consent.
Competition questions over rule that restricts applications to Oxbridge
Times Higher Education 15 August 2013
Students are currently required to choose between Oxford and Cambridge when applying as a result of an agreement between the two institutions that avoids competition for students once applications have been submitted. In a piece looking at whether this practice is a breach of competition law, Dr Christopher Townley, said that 'competition law does have lots of implications in universities we haven't thought through'.
The Daily Telegraph 9 July 2013
In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, Stephen Gilmore, Senior Lecturer in Child and Family Law, wrote that 'Parliament must urgently consider an amendment' to The Children and Families Bill, which, in its current form, 'means local authorities cannot obtain supervision orders to make checks on children's welfare.'
Stephen Lawrence inquiry
Sky News 26 June 2013
Professor Ben Bowling, Law, has commented on the recent news that police officers undermined the family of Stephen Lawrence during the investigation of his murder. Professor Bowling also spoke to BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio London and LBC.
Beer company threatens legal action
BBC London 94.9 11 June 2013
Dr Barbara Lauriat, was interviewed about a legal case involving the US corporation Anheuser-Busch, which is threatening a local brewing company in London with legal action unless it changes its name. Interview begins at 1.49.
Times of India 10 June 2013
Further coverage of the interview with Professor David Caron, The Dickson Poon School of Law, into what top law firms are looking for in graduates.
How to fight the scourge of tax evasion
The Times 30 May 2013
In an article about tax evasion, Professor Jonathan Schwarz is quoted. He said: 'All laws influence and tax laws are no different. The tax behaviour of companies is largely driven by the tax systems they engage with. Tax administrators must apply the law as it exists rather than what they, or anyone else might think it ought to be.'
Clare Balding's Secrets of a Suffragette
Channel 4 26 May 2013
Professor Maleiha Malik, visited The National Archives with Clare Balding to look at files on the Suffragettes, 100 years on from the death of Suffragette Emily Davison. Professor Malik commented on the 'force and power' used by the Government at the time to suppress the Suffragette movement. Item begins at 24.00.
Investigating historical abuse
BBC Radio 4 23 May 2013
Professor Penney Lewis, commented on the recent Jimmy Saville case on The Report. The programme discussed the difficulties in investigating child abuse cases years after the crimes took place.
Job applications: a foot in the door
The Times 23 May 2013
Law firms rate 'global mindset', 'commercial awareness' and 'intellectual rigour' as highly prized competencies in graduates, finds new research conducted by King's in partnership with The Times. Professor David Caron, Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law, said: 'I am delighted that our research into what Law firms really want from graduates has provided such clear insight and helpful guidance for students considering a career in Law.' This was also reported by India Education Diary and India Info Online.
Malaysian family funds King's College research
New York Times 17 May 2013
Article mentions that a Malaysian family has donated 7 million to King's College London to set up a research centre for politics, philosophy and law.
Abu Qatada Case
BBC Radio 5 Live 10 May 2013
Dr Frank Foley, War Studies, commented on Abu Qatada's decision to voluntarily return to Jordan if it ratifies a treaty guaranteeing a fair trial. Dr Foley argues that Britain has a slow deportation process: 'The government does not put people on the plane very quickly...it gives lawyers plenty of time to appeal.'
Copyright law changes 'hinder free competition'
The Times 2 May 2013
Dr Barbara Lauriat from The Dickson Poon School of Law discusses the implications of new copyright laws enforced by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, including one that will allow individuals to 'format-shift' their own music from CD to MP3 for personal use, a common act that is technically infringing under current law.
Minorities stopped disproportionally in decade after Macpherson report
Guardian 22 April 2013
Ben Bowling, professor of criminology at King's, said reports that stop and searches for black and Asian people has doubled in the past decade shows a 'racial penalty' being exacted by the police on ethnic minorities in Britain. He added: 'It remains an example of what the Lawrence inquiry referred to as institutional racism. In my view, the police use of stop and search is simply not good enough.'
'We aim to be the Harvey Nichols of law schools'
Independent 18 April 2013
An interview with Professor David Caron, the new Dean of the Dickson Poon School of Law. The article also discusses the £20m donation from Dickson Poon, owner of Harvery Nichols. Professor Caron said: 'Dickson Poon's gift comes at the right time for a global community that seeks new and effective approaches to numerous challenges facing humanity - each of which transcends the borders of any particular state.'
Outdated attitudes 'could have led to child victims being ignored'
The Daily Telegraph 20 March 2013
At a lecture hosted by The Dickson Poon School of Law and the Institute of Psychiatry, Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice, said old attitudes that 'children should be seen and not heard' could have led to hundreds of ignored child sex abuse victims. Also reported by the Guardian, Daily Express and Daily Star.
Viewpoint: We need ground rules for geo-information
BBC News (Online) 1st March 2013 Professor Kevin Madders, calls for a Geo-Information Convention. He writes: 'The essential questions are: how do we make geo-information reliable enough for the particular applications for which it is to be used and what limits should we put on use of its power?'
The impossible injustice of Talha Ahsan's extradition and detention
New Statesman 21st February 2013
Dr Ian Patel, tells the story of Talha Ahsan, who was extradited to the US in 2012 after spending six years in high security prisons in the UK. Talha Ahsan has Asperger Syndrome, and is now in a supermax prison in Connecticut.
Shell beats court action
BBC World News 30th January 2013
A court in the Netherlands has rejected most of the allegations against the oil giant Shell relating to oil spills in Nigeria. Professor Cees van Dam, commented: 'The farmers are happy that they won one, because so far Western courts have not convicted multi-national companies for environmental damage.'
Mumbai Mirror 30th January 2013
Professor David Caron has been appointed as the new dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London. He is due to take up his appointment in mid-2013. Caron currently serves as a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law, is a member of the American Bar Association Section on international law, a member of the US Department of State Advisory Committee on Public International Law and a former Chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. (Page 14, no link available)
Britain will leave the EU if it does not change, Osborne warns as battle with Brussels escalates
Daily Mail 14th January 2013
The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's welcomed Joaquin Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Competition, and Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, for a debate on the modernisation of state aid policy. The visit was also reported by the Wall Street Journal, El Economista (Spain), Fox Business, Capital (Greece) and Beurs (Netherlands).
King's press release related to ' Britain will leave the EU if it does not change, Osborne warns as battle with Brussels escalates'
King's College London appoints US lawyer as new law school Dean
The Lawyer 14th January 2013
Professor David Caron has been appointed as the new Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law. Prof Caron will join the College from the University of California, Berkeley. Also reported by Global Legal Post, Lawyer 2B and Young Lawyer.
King's press release related to 'King's College London appoints US lawyer as new law school dean'