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The Refugee’s Struggle

The Refugee’s Struggle

Sunday 2 April 2017 - Thomas Ryan

When all eyes were on the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, during her first speech on the 13th July 2016, something very different was happening off the coast of Lesbos. Four dead bodies were being dragged from the sea after a dinghy that was carrying migrants had capsized off the east coast. A young girl […]

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Elections: The Weakness of Democracy

Elections: The Weakness of Democracy

Wednesday 29 March 2017 - Paul Thome

In recent elections and referendums, we have witnessed a global change in the political tide; some of us may question the operation of democracy in our current societies. Democracy comes from the Greek (as the first Western democracy was from Athens) demos meaning ‘people’ and kratos meaning ‘power’, literally translating to ‘power to the people’. […]

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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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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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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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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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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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2015 According to Greece

2015 According to Greece

Sunday 15 March 2015 - Morgan Brooks

It seems as though Greece has not been far from the headlines since the financial crash in 2008. The resultant Eurozone Crisis following 2008 has seen Greece with a bull’s-eye on her head. Will there be a ‘Grexit’, (a clever portmanteau used in the media denoting Greece leaving the Eurozone), will they receive another bailout? […]

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Freedom from ill-treatment

Freedom from ill-treatment

Tuesday 3 February 2015 - Iga Wojtasik

This is the last in the series of articles on the work of the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre (MDAC), an international organisation based in Budapest, which fights for the human rights of people with mental disabilities. People with psycho-social and intellectual disabilities are especially vulnerable to abuse and neglect, and this article will attempt to […]

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US Mid-Term Elections

US Mid-Term Elections

Wednesday 3 December 2014 - Morgan Brooks

Bad news for the Democratic Party and President Obama – the Republican Party has taken control of America’s upper legislative house, the Senate, and retained their lead in the House of Representatives. November 4th saw elections taking place for a plethora of different government bodies in America: all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, […]

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Foreword to the 2014 Winter Edition

Foreword to the 2014 Winter Edition

Monday 1 December 2014 - Lauren Turner

Dear All, Welcome to the Autumn/Winter 2014 edition of Advocate Magazine! Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this magazine. I know many writers have put a great deal of effort into their articles and it is hugely appreciated. We hope you enjoy reading the articles as much as we have. I would also like to warmly thank our […]

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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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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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‘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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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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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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Pistorius goes to Prison; but what about the politics?

Pistorius goes to Prison; but what about the politics?

Wednesday 29 October 2014 - Tom Parke

“It would be a sad day for this country if an impression were to be created that there was one law for the poor and disadvantaged, and another for the rich and famous,” said Thokozile Masipa, the judge ruling on the case of the famous athlete Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius was recently found guilty of having […]

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British nationals fighting for ISIS

British nationals fighting for ISIS

Tuesday 28 October 2014 - Alex Harvey

What is ISIS? The rise of the Islamic State continues to grab the headlines as they take control of large amounts of eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq. Its brutal tactics, including mass killings and abductions of members of religious and ethnic minorities, as well as the beheadings of soldiers and journalists, have sparked […]

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The Hong Kong Democracy Debate

The Hong Kong Democracy Debate

Monday 20 October 2014 - Marjorie Kong

As a city that enjoys considerable freedom, Hong Kong is no stranger to protests. However, the most recent protest in Hong Kong became a talking point across the world when the city’s police used unprecedented force to suppress protesters, leading to a furious escalation of events. The general message is clear: the crowd is fighting […]

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The Catalan Referendum: A flash without a bang

The Catalan Referendum: A flash without a bang

Tuesday 14 October 2014 - Parit Patani

It really does seem to be independence season. Following Scotland, Catalonia is now seeking to become an independent state apart from Spain. Between the two referenda however, there is one essential difference: whilst the UK and Scottish governments mutually agreed to a referendum, the Spanish government have denied outright the legitimacy of any Catalonian referendum, […]

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