Monthly Archives: May, 2022

Becker, Thorogood, Bovenberg, Mitchell and Hall, ‘Applying GDPR roles and responsibilities to scientific data sharing’

“A key aspect of European Union (EU) data protection law is ensuring all parties dealing with personal data have clearly assigned legal roles, and by extension, responsibilities. Key roles defined by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) include controllers, joint controllers, processors, and third parties. An organization’s role determines the scope of its legal […]

Leon Vincent Chan, ‘Trends in the Division of Matrimonial Property Based on Contribution: An Empirical Case Study Based on the Structured Approach in Singapore’

ABSTRACT Different jurisdictions have adopted different approaches to the division of matrimonial properties. While some have greater certainty and predictability from a rules-based approach that adopts equal division as a starting point, others have adopted a discretionary approach with little to no guidance from the legislation. Using statistical methods, this empirical quantitative study seeks to […]

Matthew Liebman, ‘Litigation and Liberation’

ABSTRACT Can litigation liberate oppressed individuals and their communities? Or is litigation antithetical to social movements seeking liberation? Social movement scholars have raised important critiques of litigation’s efficacy as a tool for social change, questioning litigation’s ability to deliver significant social reform and condemning the compromising effects that litigation may have on social movements. According […]

Andrea Zappalaglio, ‘Getting Article 22(1) of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Right: A Commentary on the Definition of ‘Geographical Indication’ from a European Union Perspective with a Focus on Wines’

ABSTRACT The article conducts an in-depth analysis of Article 22(1) of the TRIPS Agreement that provides the definition of ‘Geographical Indication’, focusing specifically on the field of wine. Particularly, the research analyses: (1) the concept of ‘indication’; (2) the words ‘quality, reputation or other characteristic’ and (3) the adverb ‘essentially’. Building upon the text of […]

‘Wagatha Christie: what the Vardy v Rooney case can teach you about avoiding libel on social media’

“The social media feud turned libel trial between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy has come to a close. While a judgement isn’t expected for some time, the legal battle between two media personalities married to former England footballers has proven at least one thing – that social media is a high-risk area for defamation claims […]

‘The Problem With Wills’

“The chances are reasonable that you’ll die before making a will. According to most studies, fewer than half of American adults report having a last will and testament that lays out how they want their property divided up, among other final wishes. Though some portion of that group opts for alternative types of estate planning, […]

UK-IVR 2022 Annual Conference – Law, Rationality and Practical Reason: 10-11 June 2022

The UK-IVR Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy in collaboration with the University of Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy are delighted to announce its 2022 Annual Conference. The conference centres on the intersections of law, rationality and practical reason, from ancient and/or contemporary perspectives. We aim to create a platform for the […]

‘Vast Scale Undue Influence’

Jamie Luguri and Lior Strahilevitz, ‘Shining a Light on Dark Patterns’, 13 Journal of Legal Analysis 43 (2021). Each time we browse the web, we are steered into making dubious contracts. A common example is digital platforms’ pressure that users click to ‘ACCEPT ALL COOKIES.’ Web designers not only make the ‘accept’ button the most […]

‘Case Preview: Hastings v Finsbury Orthopaedics Limited and Another

“The appeal was heard by the UK Supreme Court on 28 April 2022. In this case, Mr Hastings appeals against the findings of the lower courts in Scotland that the metal-on-metal prosthesis used for his total hip replacement was not defective within the terms of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 …” (more) [Sophie Malley, UK […]

‘Judge Refuses To Strike Out Action On The Basis Of “Illegality”: The Claimant Was Not Capable Of Committing “Criminal” Acts’

“For the second time today I am writing about a case where the court has refused to strike out a statement of case. In Lewis-Ranwell v G4S Health Services (UK) Ltd and others [2022] EWHC 1213 (QB) Mr Justice Garnham refused to strike out a case where the defendant alleged illegality. The claimant had been […]