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The Polish Constitutional Crisis – Why It Matters

The Polish Constitutional Crisis – Why It Matters

Thursday 9 February 2017 - Aleksander Konrad Kalisz

In October 2015, the conservative Law and Justice party (PiS) won the parliamentary elections in Poland. Prior to stepping down, the predecessors, the centrist Civic Platform, nominated five judges to the Constitutional Tribunal. This is the high court supervising compliance of state institutions with the national constitution. The Constitutional Tribunal consists of 15 fully independent […]

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The Fate of Democracy

The Fate of Democracy

Thursday 9 February 2017 - Charissa Loh

Through the outcome of the EU referendum and US presidential elections, 2016 has proven to be a year that introduced significant changes to international politics. These outcomes are both the result of public votes. Yet, do the results really reflect what the people want? The concept of democracy was founded on the principle of the […]

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Let Me Take a $elfie

Let Me Take a $elfie

Tuesday 7 June 2016 - Ammar Thair

Have you ever wondered if you could purchase an item by taking a selfie? No? Well, me neither, but Amazon has. Reportedly, Amazon has recently filed a patent for the technology to do just that. What’s more surprising is that they’re not the first company to consider doing this, with news of MasterCard attempting something […]

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British Bill of Rights: A Good Idea or a Political Proposition to Appease the ‘Right’?

British Bill of Rights: A Good Idea or a Political Proposition to Appease the ‘Right’?

Wednesday 1 June 2016 - Daniel Allison

The Conservative Government has taken it upon itself to introduce a Bill of Rights and repeal the current Human Rights Act introduced by the Labour Government. This is founded on the basis that the UK has lost its parliamentary sovereignty and the ECHR has developed a ‘mission creep’. The ECHR has arguably expanded into areas […]

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The Rise of Parallel Proceedings in Investment Arbitration

The Rise of Parallel Proceedings in Investment Arbitration

Wednesday 13 April 2016 - Lucinda Chow

Parallel proceedings happen when one cause of action is brought before more than one forum, whether it occurs between domestic and international courts or in several international forums. The problems that arise from parallel proceedings are easily observed; not only does it lead to high costs and inefficiencies, but the potential for conflicting outcomes creates […]

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Looking Beyond Training Contracts to Kick-Start Your Legal Career

Looking Beyond Training Contracts to Kick-Start Your Legal Career

Friday 1 April 2016 - Sophie Mason

In 2009-10, traineeships were at a low of 4,874 following the double-dip recession in the UK. Fast-forward to 2015, the number of training contracts commencing in England and Wales has risen to around 5,500. Yet, this number fails to live up to the 5,809 traineeships that were available before the financial crisis. These figures hailing […]

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Foxconn and Sharp: A Match Made in Heaven?

Foxconn and Sharp: A Match Made in Heaven?

Thursday 24 March 2016 - Charlotte Ng Jane-Ting

The second quarter of 2016 is yet to begin but it seems as if the wedding bells have been called off indefinitely for the harmonious takeover deal between Foxconn and Sharp. Foxconn’s refusal to sign the agreement on the current terms came like a bolt out of the blue as Sharp had previously rejected an […]

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Regina v Stressed-Out Law Student: Joint Enterprise Revised

Regina v Stressed-Out Law Student: Joint Enterprise Revised

Saturday 19 March 2016 - Filip Sys

Facts: At 9:00 am at the Law Faculty, Mr Depressed Law Student and his gang confronted Mr Lecturer. Mr Stressed-Out Law Student came late but was a member of the gang, and wanted to see what was going on. In the ensuing melee, Mr Depressed Law Student struck and killed Mr Lecturer with a Contract […]

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60 SECONDS WITH… ABEL HARTMAN

60 SECONDS WITH… ABEL HARTMAN

Wednesday 9 March 2016 -

60 SECONDS WITH… ABEL HARTMAN Describe yourself in 3 words… Direct, organised and motivated. CRISIS or OCEAN? And why? One does not have to choose, one can do both. There’s Thursday in between to recover, after all. I’d probably be more likely to go to Crisis though. What is your most frequently used emoji? This one […]

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60 SECONDS WITH… ISMAIL SADURDEEN

60 SECONDS WITH… ISMAIL SADURDEEN

Wednesday 9 March 2016 -

60 SECONDS WITH… ISMAIL SADURDEEN Describe yourself in 3 words… Friendly, enthusiastic and adventurous. If you were a club night in Nottingham, which would you be, and why? Rock City – They cater to a lot of different genres, like my policies in which there is something for everyone. Name a song that describes your […]

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60 SECONDS WITH… EMILY MILLS

60 SECONDS WITH… EMILY MILLS

Monday 7 March 2016 -

60 SECONDS WITH… EMILY MILLS Describe yourself in 3 words… Efficient, eloquent and effervescent!  What’s the funniest/craziest thing you’ve done on a night out? I’m usually very well behaved, but back in first year, I took one of the Crisis themes a bit too far and dressed as a Playboy bunny (complete with ears and […]

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60 SECONDS WITH… MARY MCCARTHY

60 SECONDS WITH… MARY MCCARTHY

Monday 7 March 2016 -

60 SECONDS WITH… MARY MCCARTHY Describe yourself in 3 words… Confident, friendly, fun! If you were a club night in Nottingham, which would you be, and why? Ocean; I’m never afraid to show exactly who I am and what I stand for! What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you at university? […]

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Is ‘Soft Kitty’ a Copycat?

Is ‘Soft Kitty’ a Copycat?

Thursday 3 March 2016 - Ammar Thair

You all know it, you’ve all heard it, you’ve all sung along to it. It’s the one true cure for Sheldon’s sickness, and arguably the twenty-first century’s answer to the legendary ‘Smelly Cat’. I am, of course, referring to the song ‘Soft Kitty’ from The Big Bang Theory. Indeed, the room was frighteningly quick to […]

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Template Cover Letter for Training Contract Applications

Template Cover Letter for Training Contract Applications

Monday 8 February 2016 - Anonymous final year student

To whom is unconcerned and uninterested, I am writing to apply for a training contract at [insert LLP’s name here]. I believe [LLP name]’s truly intergalactic outlook is what really distinguishes it from its competitors. Whilst most other international law firms have offices in effectively all of the same countries as [LLP’s name] on earth, […]

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Patent Wars: Return of the Troll

Patent Wars: Return of the Troll

Tuesday 5 January 2016 - Ammar Thair

From the field of technology to the realm of lawsuits, Apple needs no introduction. Amongst its plethora of accomplishments the company has succeeded in redefining its product market, not least with the addition of a single letter. However, despite being best known for its unique brand of phones, laptops and music devices, its involvement in […]

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An Intern Abroad: Kenya

An Intern Abroad: Kenya

Tuesday 15 December 2015 - Lucy Hanson and Krushil Shah

Securing vacation schemes and internships is a difficulty for many undergraduate law students – and one we spend far too much time worrying about. Doing a legal internship abroad may not be something you have considered. Nonetheless, I recommend you stop monotonously filling out your GCSE grades on your vacation scheme application form for the […]

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Safe Harbour and The Storm That Followed

Safe Harbour and The Storm That Followed

Monday 23 November 2015 - Ammar Thair

People say the unique miracle of science is that suddenly a discovery could be made that turns the entirety of the field on its head, case in point, the discovery that neutrinos oscillate and therefore have mass, which earned both the Nobel prize, and the rewriting of Physics textbooks everywhere. However, is this kind of […]

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Modern Slavery Act: Wiping out Modern Slavery in UK businesses

Modern Slavery Act: Wiping out Modern Slavery in UK businesses

Saturday 14 November 2015 - Alice Gould

Modern Slavery Act: Wiping out Modern Slavery in UK businesses The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is the 21st Century Europe’s first piece of legislature to explicitly combat slavery and human trafficking. In October businesses with an annual turnover of £36 million or over will have a duty to publish a statement to demonstrate the steps […]

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ELSA at the University of Nottingham

ELSA at the University of Nottingham

Saturday 7 November 2015 - Charlotte Ng Jane Ting

What is ELSA? When I say ELSA, I’m not referring to the loveable ice princess from Disney’s Frozen which you may be more familiar with. For law students throughout Europe, ELSA is more commonly known as the acronym for the European Law Students’ Association. Coincidentally, we share the same signature colour – blue – but […]

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Pro Bono Society ‘Aspire’ Visit to Nottingham Primary School

Pro Bono Society ‘Aspire’ Visit to Nottingham Primary School

Thursday 5 November 2015 - Beth Webb-Strong

The Pro Bono society has been taking student volunteers for several years to visit local schools and educate children about human rights and the justice system. This year I applied to be part of the scheme as I was excited to work with an outreach project in the local community; plus, my CV was looking […]

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Amicus-ALJ at the University of Nottingham

Amicus-ALJ at the University of Nottingham

Saturday 3 October 2015 - Alice Gould

Like most people (or at least what most people write in their UCAS applications), I was drawn to law by a desire to remedy social injustice. As I learnt more and more about human rights law through my university studies and various work placements, I realised that this area was the only possible route for […]

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Foreword to the 2015 Fresher’s Edition

Foreword to the 2015 Fresher’s Edition

Wednesday 23 September 2015 - Trina Tan

Dear Freshers, Welcome to the Freshers Edition of Advocate Magazine. I would first like to congratulate you on gaining a place at the University of Nottingham Law School and embarking on an exciting chapter of your life. Rest assured that these three – or four, if you are thinking of doing an exchange abroad – […]

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A Legal High? Apparently Not.

A Legal High? Apparently Not.

Sunday 5 July 2015 - Ammar Thair

For a decidedly difficult decade, Ryanair has been locked in a legal battle with the struggling Airbus operator, Aer Lingus. The issue dates back to the 27th September 2006, when Aer Lingus floated on the stock exchange at around €2.20, shortly after which Ryanair began to acquire shares in the business. In the following month, […]

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Foreword to the 2015 Summer Edition

Foreword to the 2015 Summer Edition

Friday 1 May 2015 - Lauren Turner

Dear Advocate readers, Welcome to the spring/summer 2015 edition of Advocate Magazine! We would like to thank all of our sponsors sincerely for their on going support and for allowing us to produce this magazine. Writing this editorial is bittersweet as it marks the end of my fourth year working on this magazine. As such, […]

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2014: How will it be remembered?

2014: How will it be remembered?

Saturday 21 March 2015 - Egle Kareckaite

2014 may be remembered for various reasons. Perhaps most significantly, it has been a year of political turmoil, both at home and on an international scale. The beginning of autumn witnessed a culmination of the existencial debate in the 307-year-old United Kingdom. Scottish call for independence, dating back to as early as the mid-1800s Home […]

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