Markets, taxes & falling commodities

Markets, taxes & falling commodities

Friday 28 November 2014 - Ammar Thair

The raging bull of commercial awareness: when it all happens at once, it’s worth taking note. Companies have long found ways to save money, however their recent dealings to save on taxation, particularly the much-publicised efforts of Starbucks, Amazon and Google have raised age-old questions surrounding the ethics of a corporation’s financial activity. Clearly much of […]

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“A Nation of Immigrants” – But For How Long?

“A Nation of Immigrants” – But For How Long?

Wednesday 26 November 2014 - Iga Wojtasik

On Thursday night, US President Barack Obama announced his new immigration policy. The decision has created an echo of controversy in the short time span since, especially from the Republican Party. The plan, which includes the decision to suspend the deportation of some unauthorised migrants, will protect millions of people from the threat of removal. It will […]

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A right to die: the legal perspective

A right to die: the legal perspective

Monday 24 November 2014 - Ee Hsien Tan

Per Lord Hope in R (on the application of Purdy) v DPP, ‘many people view legally assisted suicide as an appalling concept which undermines the fundamental human right to life itself. On the other hand there are those … who firmly believe that the right to life includes the right to end one’s own life […]

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When Faced with Tough Choices, Some Need Help

When Faced with Tough Choices, Some Need Help

Friday 21 November 2014 - Caroline Armstrong-Hall

This week features the second article in the series on challenges in securing human rights for persons with mental and psycho-social disabilities. The right to legal capacity is logically the next topic to visit because it forms the very basis for any person to make their own valid decisions about their mental health and treatment. […]

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A right to die: the moral perspective

A right to die: the moral perspective

Thursday 20 November 2014 - Ee Hsien Tan

It is perhaps highly ironic that with the advancement of medical science in areas of artificial life support and palliative care, issues regarding the appropriateness of terminating life have surfaced. Should it then be viewed as an egregious consideration that contradicts what is at the very heart of medical science: to prolong life and prevent […]

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‘Based on justice and equality’?

‘Based on justice and equality’?

Wednesday 19 November 2014 - Lian Selby

29th October 2014 marked the end of an arduous and emotional four-year battle for Gary Lim and Kenneth Chee, a couple in Singapore who have been together for 17 years. These brave individuals, joined by Tan Eng Hoon, a man arrested in 2010 for allegedly engaging in a homosexual act, spearheaded a historical campaign to […]

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Captain of capsized South Korean ferry faces death penalty

Captain of capsized South Korean ferry faces death penalty

Tuesday 18 November 2014 - Joey Lim

On the morning of the 16th of April, South Korea was struck by its worst ferry disaster since 1970. The MV Sewol was carrying 476 people, along with cargo worth approximately 200 billion Korean won, on its regular route from Incheon to Jeju. Most of the passengers were students from Danwon High School, enjoying a […]

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What the EU has done for us

What the EU has done for us

Saturday 15 November 2014 - Daniel Rainer

Britain’s status in the European Union will undoubtedly be a pivotal issue in next year’s general election.  UKIP now holds nearly 27% of the UK’s allocation of seats in the European Parliament, presumably because of their Eurosceptic stance.  Although the Eurozone crisis has shaken faith in the common market, the main arguments for withdrawal from […]

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Bar Soc

Bar Soc

Friday 14 November 2014 - Oliver Heaton

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury/Advocate Readers! The University of Nottingham Bar Society has been named by the Bar Council of England and Wales as the ‘Best Society’ and I am certain that our committee and members could not agree more! In the last academic year the society ran several successful trips to the Old […]

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Life in the secret state of North Korea

Life in the secret state of North Korea

Thursday 13 November 2014 - Victoria Rowley

As one of the most secretive countries in the world, it is hard for an outsider to get a true picture of what life is like for the average North Korean. Coverage of the country’s affairs in international media predominantly focuses on the state’s nuclear ambitions, its frequent scuffles with its southern neighbours, and its […]

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So you want to be a barrister..?

So you want to be a barrister..?

Tuesday 11 November 2014 - Stephanie Chan

I had always wanted to be a barrister so during my undergraduate years, I tried to transform myself into a good candidate for the BPTC. In my first year, I participated in several open days with Middle Temple, Gray’s Inn and Brick Court Chambers to get a flavour of the life of a barrister. The […]

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Journalism, confidentiality and phone records: round two

Journalism, confidentiality and phone records: round two

Monday 10 November 2014 - Samuel Smith

Since the year-long Leveson Inquiry, many of us have been feeling fatigued by news stories featuring journalists, phone records and privacy issues. We have heard all the arguments on both sides. We have followed, or refused to follow, every twist of the Brooks-Murdock rollercoaster. You would be forgiven for reading this headline and rolling your […]

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Mental Disability Advocacy Centre: Securing Global Mental Health Human Rights Norms

Mental Disability Advocacy Centre: Securing Global Mental Health Human Rights Norms

Saturday 8 November 2014 - Caroline Armstrong-Hall and Iga Wojtasik

One in four Britons suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their life, according to a study published in The Economist. The impact of intellectual and psycho-social disabilities on society is felt in all countries across the world, and in a way that is more widespread and profound than many may realise. […]

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“Revenge porn” – a new criminal offence?

“Revenge porn” – a new criminal offence?

Friday 7 November 2014 - Joey Lim

With the digitalisation of our modern world, individual privacy is becoming increasingly hard to maintain. Cases of privacy violation, particularly through social media, have skyrocketed in the past few years. Amidst the various types of cyberbullying that have come into existence, “revenge pornography” is a new phenomenon which has risen to prominence in recent years. […]

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David Cameron’s Failed EU Renegotiation

David Cameron’s Failed EU Renegotiation

Wednesday 5 November 2014 - Jamie Ball

Last week British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered the latest in his string of ‘European renegotiation’ promises: a pledge to renegotiate immigration policy with the European Union (EU). Unfortunately, along with many of its predecessors, this promise is likely to disappear when next month’s popular political view of the month is announced. This article assesses […]

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Party Conference Season 2014

Party Conference Season 2014

Tuesday 4 November 2014 - Morgan Brooks

With the general election set to take place next year, the 2014 conference season was the last opportunity for Britain’s electoral parties to formulate a plan that will see them into the House of Commons with a majority. The conferences were essentially a litmus test for both party followers and the public. Advocate is here […]

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Redefining ‘State Failure’: Part Two

Redefining ‘State Failure’: Part Two

Monday 3 November 2014 - Thomas Phillips

This is part two of a two-part article. The first was published on 31st October.  Problems with the ‘Failed State’ Paradigm As considered previously, the problems pertaining to a singular ‘catch-all definition’ of ‘state failure’ arise partly from confusion over specific classification and personal preconceptions. However, the problems with a single definition run far deeper than simply confusion […]

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Law, Week One and where to go from here

Law, Week One and where to go from here

Saturday 1 November 2014 - Advocate Magazine

It’s been a crazy few weeks in the whirlwind of no sleep, constant parties and terrifyingly fast-paced public law lectures. And what a welcome to Law School it has been. Hopefully now we’re further into term the fog of this mysterious illness we all seem to have is slowly subsiding to allow you to go […]

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