It would seem as though the news rarely brings positivity, even more so now that websites and newspapers have been plastered with headlines surrounding the awful Orlando shootings. It can be argued that the world has gone utterly bonkers, and for what reason? As a result of this, Obama and anti-gun advocates have called for stricter laws governing gun ownership. All this seems to be too little too late though. How many other people need to lose their lives before the authorities wake up and realise that tighter legislation needs to be put in place?
In the UK, calls have been made to toughen the law surrounding “revenge porn” following a rapid increase in the release of explicit images posted online without consent. According to the Guardian the proposed changes would also make it an offence to promote, solicit or knowingly profit from such private material. Alongside this, the definition of private and sexual images will be expanded to include photographs and films of “breast and buttocks” rather than “exposed genitals”. Recent cases have seen defendants of revenge porn fined up to a mere £80, which seems a small price to pay for potentially ruining someone’s life, career and/or self-esteem.
Following the Hillsborough verdict a few weeks ago, Labour MP Andy Burnham is to urge MPs to back a “Hillsborough Law” which would ensure legal funding for bereaved families at inquests where police are involved. Now I may have only studied Tort law this year, however I think the verdict was somewhat revolutionary in the way we deal with police negligence. You can read more about this on the BBC. In other news, apparently British victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism are being blocked from receiving millions of pounds in compensation because of human rights law, the Government has admitted. Viscount Younger of Leckie, a Conservative peer, said that any plans to use the Libyan assets would breach articles one and six of the ECHR, which protect the right to property and to a fair trial. You can read more about this here. This ties in nicely with the recent ‘Brexit’ news and European Law conflicting with domestic law; what are your thoughts? You can tweet us your views @OULawSoc to start a healthy debate!
Written by Sophie Terrington – OULS Careers Coordinator