Case Blog

Court of Appeal rules that Ashers Bakery directly discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation

Lee v McArthur and Ashers Baking Co. Ltd (Court of Appeal)

On 24th October 2016, the Court of Appeal found that Ashers Baking Company had directly discriminated against the respondent on grounds of sexual orientation, and religious and political belief, by refusing to fulfil his order for a cake in support of marriage equality.

Discrimination, LGBT

CJEU rules that people smugglers can be prosecuted after immigrants have later gained EU citizenship because home country joins EU

Paoletti and Others (Judgment) [2016] EUECJ C-218/15

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that people smugglers may still be prosecuted after illegal immigrants have since gained EU citizenship due to their country of origin being granted EU membership.

Criminal Law, Immigration & Asylum

Fifa legally challenged over treatment of migrant workers in Qatar

Fifa faces legal action in the Swiss Courts as a result of its vote in December 2010 to hold the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, due to the plight of migrant workers. 

Employment Law, Other Public Interest Cases

Extradition of UK citizen to Taiwan would breach Article 3 of the Convention

Zain Taj Dean v The Lord Advocate and the Scottish Ministers [2016] HCJAC 83

The High Court of Justiciary Appeal Court ruled that the extradition of a British citizen to Taiwan would be incompatible with Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights as a result of the conditions in Taipei prison.

Criminal Law, Other Public Interest Cases

Coroners do not have powers to request disclosure of information that has already been determined by the AAIB

R(Secretary of State) v Her Majesty’s Chief Coroner for Norfolk (British Airline Pilots intervening) [2016] EWHC 2279

The High Court has ruled that coroners do not have a power to order disclosure of the transcript and/ or recording from a cockpit flight recorder, or to issue fines for failure to comply. 

ECHR Art. 2, Other Public Interest Cases, Right to Life

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