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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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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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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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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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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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French Parents Stopped From Naming Child “Nutella”

French Parents Stopped From Naming Child “Nutella”

Friday 20 March 2015 - Joey Lim

In France, it is now illegal to name your child Nutella. On 26th January 2014, a French court ruled that parents of an infant girl could not name their child Nutella and saw fit to rename her Ella in her parents’ absence from court. The judge reasoned that “Nutella is the trade name of a […]

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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Redefining ‘State Failure’

Redefining ‘State Failure’

Friday 31 October 2014 - Thomas Phillips

This is part one of a two-part article. The second part to be published next week.  In modern politics, the phrase ‘failed state’ is on the tip of many tongues, used to describe states such as Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan, and Sierra Leone. Supposedly, the term conjures up a very clear picture; a state in which […]

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The New Child Labour Law in Bolivia

The New Child Labour Law in Bolivia

Thursday 16 October 2014 - Richard Sweetman

On 15 July 2014 a new law was passed in Bolivia which legally allows children from the age of ten to work. Previously, in line with international law, the official minimum working age was fourteen. Such a change in the law has sparked international condemnation from various human rights NGOs, including the International Labour Organisation […]

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That’s a copy, right?

That’s a copy, right?

Tuesday 7 October 2014 - Hannah Drake

Sampling involves the incorporation of one or more sound recordings into one’s own new recordings. It can create hits such as Bootylicious (using Stevie Nicks Edge of Seventeen), or Tears Dry On Their Own (using Ain’t No Mountain High Enough). Without prior permission, however, sampling can constitute a copyright infringement. This includes the original sound […]

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Syria and the International Sphere – Is there any hope?

Syria and the International Sphere – Is there any hope?

Wednesday 8 January 2014 - Kesiena Yembra

Horrific scenes of bloody children, obliterated cities and mourning families present a devastating but often commonplace image in world news today. The Middle East has been plagued with revolu- tion, uprising and civil war in recent years as people begin to realise their rights and protest for better treatment and the removal of autocratic leaders. […]

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What does the world know about you?

What does the world know about you?

Sunday 8 December 2013 - Amy Davies

Technology plays an increasingly dominant role in everyday life – from day to day communication to networking and career development, the internet has become an integral medium without which we would struggle to function. As young people who have grown up alongside these advances, we are in a particularly strong position to maximise the opportunities […]

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Politics, “Cypriot” Delight and Fugitives: A Perspective from a Non-Recognised State

Politics, “Cypriot” Delight and Fugitives: A Perspective from a Non-Recognised State

Sunday 8 December 2013 - Freya Claydon

On April 24th 2004 the best chance Cyprus had of reunification was lost. United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan’s referendum for the reunification of the island, and thus joint accession to the EU, was ripped to shreds. 76% of Greek Cypriots voted against the proposal, after a calling from Greek Cypriot leaders to reject […]

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