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European Court finds that defamation proceedings taken by a politician breached the right to freedom of expression

Lykin v Ukraine [2017] ECHR 17

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that comments made about a local politician elected to a post of responsibility within the district Council, in Ukraine, were not defamatory.  Such comments were capable of justification within Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Dafamation

Supreme Court rules that Parliament must authorise withdrawal of UK from EU

R (on the application of Miller and another) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2017] UKSC 5

In previous updates, we reported that the High Court of Northern Ireland had dismissed two judicial review challenges concerning Northern Ireland’s constitutional provisions, while the High Court of England and Wales held that the Secretary of State did not have power under the Royal Prerogative to give notice under Article 50 to withdraw the UK from the EU.

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Other Public Interest Cases

The High Court of England and Wales rules that Parliamentary consent is necessary to withdraw from EU

R (on the application of Gina Miller and Ors) v The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2016] EWHC 2768
 
The High Court held that the Secretary of State did not have power under the Royal Prerogative to give notice under Article 50 and thereby commence the process under which the UK would leave the European Union.
 

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Other Public Interest Cases

Unlawful to discriminate against offenders who are labelled foreign nationals because their parents did not marry

R (o.t.a. Johnson) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 56

The Supreme Court ruled that there was no justification for deporting someone who had committed a series of serious offences on the basis that he was a foreign national simply because his parents had never married. 

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Criminal Law, Deportation

Judge rules that fourteen-year old may be cryonically preserved after death

JS (Disposal of Body) Re [2016] EWCH

The High Court ruled on the 10th November 2016 that a fourteen year-old cancer patient may be cryonically preserved after her death, in accordance with her wishes.

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Medical Law

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