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White Paper on Trade and Cooperation Agreement between UK and EU

White Paper – How the concept of ‘sovereignty’ influenced the outcome of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and EU

I’m absolutely delighted to share this with the global community and it’s available as a download from UK in a Changing Europe website

As the dust begins to settle on the ruptured relationship between the UK and the EU, both sides are continuing to struggle to forge a new and different kind of relationship to the one that existed in the previous 47 years.

A case in point is the way in which the UK had been on a diplomatic collision course with the EU over the Covid-19 pandemic.

The recent success of the vaccine roll-out in ...

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‘It’s Sin’ – one of the best dramas produced by Channel 4

Now streaming on Channel 4’s website

‘It’s a Sin’ by Russell T Davies is one of the best dramas to have been made by Channel 4

Yesterday, Fenella and I watched the entire series starting at 9pm Friday night and finishing at 2am this morning.

It’s one of the best dramas to have been made by Channel 4 and is particularly poignant for those who grew up with 80s music as the soundtrack to their 20s and watched the horrors of the AIDS epidemic destroy young lives and families struggling to cope with the loss it created – a parallel in some ways (not every way) to the current Covid pandemic.

But more importantly, ‘It’s a Sin’ makes an important point of how humanity ...

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Kolah the Koala

It certainly beats being related to Ardipithecus ramidus, aka “Ardi”, the closest thing yet found to the common ancestor of both chimps and humans dating back 4.4m years ago!

The jacket to the book ‘Kolah the Koala’ says:

Meet Kolah. She’s a koala. Meet her family too. Find out where they live and how they spend their day. Learn what they eat and how long they live. Then discover what you can do to help protect the threatened koala population. Kolah is your guide and companion on this exciting true-to-life adventure. Take her home and introduce her to your kids. You’ll be glad they got to know one another.

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A Very Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish friends around the world

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Peace on Earth

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California Privacy Law 4th Edition – proud to have been an editor

I’m delighted to announce that the leading work on California Privacy Law (4th ed) written by Lothar Determann has just been published by the IAPP.

#privacy #law #datasecurity #legal #lawyers #legaltech

I was very honoured to be asked by Lothar to edit several chapters of this leading work and I’m extremely proud to have been part of this project.https://iapp.org/store/books/a191P000003swUkQAI/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWWpJd01HRXpPREF6TTJVMiIsInQiOiJyVlZ1SzI5SmVpOE0zOVBmVWU3WldOaGZZTitqZHA3bVZkYzZ2VDRld3YrelVENjZSdnZteFRYV2FNRE5tODBWa0JuZVpPVkVMdldPT3VyQ0JHd2gzMWpXSThoak12eTJvdndXREFWNzY1WU1WcTRsVW1jK1BIMEZ2S29CckpqRCJ9

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Ruth Ginsberg 1933-2020

The New York Times wrote this brilliant tribute to the most important jurist of the 20th Century – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the former US Supreme Court Judge who died, age 87 after her long battle with cancer.

Ruth Ginsberg wasn’t just a remarkable judge. She was a remarkable human being and an inspiration for all of us in the legal profession. She is simply irreplaceable.

Her legacy will be to follow in her footsteps and always seek truth and justice for those less able to defend themselves against the power of the State. #breakingnews#inspiration#law

The only second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a pioneering advocate for women’s rights, who in her ...

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Happy Jewish New Year!

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Is the principle of the ‘Rule of Law’ under attack from those who should protect it?

As an undergraduate law student, one of the most important legal philosophers we studied in jurisprudence and the theory of law was the British legal philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832). Bentham is credited with creating the doctrine of utilitarianism, that at its core believes that the purpose of morality is to make life better by increasing the amount of good things and decreasing the amount of bad things in the world. This philosophy is underpinned by the belief in the principle of the ‘Rule of Law’ and in its absence there could be an increase in a lot of bad things in the world.

The principle of the ‘Rule of Law’ can be traced back to Ancient Greece and th...

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Harry Maguire scores PR own goal with BBC interview

The Manchester United captain and England defender was clear in his own mind he had done nothing wrong and had nothing to apologise for after being arrested, charged, convicted and then, in a bizarre twist, set free during his holiday on the Greek island of Mykonos.

BBC News sports editor Dan Roan was cock-a-hoop about his exclusive interview with Harry Maguire when he returned to the UK last week. BBC News emphasised that Maguire’s conviction didn’t stand because he’d been granted the right of appeal under Greek law, so he was innocent of the charges. You could say this was damage limitation.

But it’s hardly a textbook example of PR success when there are gl...

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