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Month: February 2019

European Court rules suspicionless stop, search and questioning powers at airports unlawful

The European Court of Human Rights has today delivered its judgment in Beghal v United Kingdom. The case concerns the suspicionless powers to stop, detain, search and question individuals at airports under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000. The Court ruled that the power to examine persons under Schedule 7 was “neither sufficiently circumscribed […]

ICJ determines that the UK must end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago as rapidly as possible.

The International Court of Justice has today delivered its Advisory Opinion on the legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius. The Court, by a majority of 13-1, found that the United Kingdom is under an obligation to bring an end to its administration of the Chagos Archipelago “as rapidly as possible”. The Chagos Archipelago was detached from Mauritius […]

Paul Nicholls QC and Claire Darwin appear in High Court in relation to the walkout by prison officers at HMP Liverpool

Paul Nicholls QC and Claire Darwin were instructed by the Secretary of State for Justice at short notice today to apply for an injunction to restrain the Prison Officers’ Association from calling industrial action by prison officers in Liverpool. Following the application, the union agreed to call off the action but were required to pay […]