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Child born with congenital disabilities as a result of incestuous rape not entitled to compensation

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority v First Tier Tribunal (Social entitlement Chamber) and Y by his mother and Litigation Friend [2017 EWCA Civ 139

The Court of Appeal held that a child born as a result of incestuous rape was unable to claim compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) for his congenital disabilities.  These disabilities were 50% likely in the case of this child, compared to a 2-3% likelihood for the general population.

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ECtHR held that removal of journalists from parliamentary press gallery violated Article 10

Selmani and Ors v The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Application No. 67259/14)

On the 9th February 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found that the forcible removal of journalists from a parliamentary press gallery was a violation of their right to freedom of expression.

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High Court dismisses application by people in the Niger Delta to bring action against Shell in the UK

The High Court has ruled that 42,000 people in the Niger Delta affected by oil pollution cannot proceed with a legal challenge in the UK against Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary.

Shell has been responsible for oil spills in the Niger Delta.  The UN’s Environment Programme UNEP researched the destruction and produced a report in 2011.  It found that Shell had not taken sufficient action to clean up and set out initial steps to rectify the damage. 

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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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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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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. 

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