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International: Portugal approves citizenship plan for descendants of persecuted Jews
A legal change in Portugal will see descendants of persecuted Jews being eligible to apply for dual citizenship, The Guardian reports. Five hundred years after executing Jews, forcing them to convert to Christianity and expelling them from the country, Portugal...
Criminal law: Crown Prosecution Service issues new guidance on consent in rape cases
Police and prosecutors have been instructed to ask rape suspects how they knew the alleged victim consented to sex, the BBC reports. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced new guidelines on consent in rape cases. At the first-ever national...
International: Argentinian President attempting to dissolve intelligence service
Cristina Kirchner, the Argentinian President, has called on Congress to dissolve the Argentine intelligence service over rogue agent concerns, reports the Telegraph. The move comes after the death of Alberto Nisman, who was found dead in his apartment on January...
Terrorism: Europe demands new law to collect passengers' flight information
The European Commission's revised legislation would enable 42 items of personal information about air passengers to be collected and retained for years, The Guardian reports. The European executive has led calls for the swift passage of a legislative package designed...
Animal welfare: Change in Jersey's animal welfare law may help conserve endangered wildlife
A change in Jersey's animal welfare legislation will see vets and conservation workers being allowed to draw blood from rare or endangered species, the BBC reports. Following a change in the law, vets and conservation workers in Jersey are now...
International: man arrested in New York accused of being a Russian spy
A Russian man has been arrested by the FBI on charges of attempting to gather intelligence on behalf of Russia and trying to recruit Americans into spy network, reports the Huffington Post. Evgeny Buryakov, 39, is said to have been...
Property law: Pubs considered important to communities to be legally protected
New Government proposals could see preferred English pubs legally preserved unless planning applications are made, The Guardian reports. Under new Government proposals, English public houses that make it onto a list of pubs considered to be important to communities will...
Medical law: Scottish assisted suicide law 'needs tougher safeguards'
The medical profession says the Scottish assisted suicide law must be more robust to protect doctors and patients alike, the BBC reports. Giving evidence to Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) on Holyrood's health committee, doctors specialising in palliative care...
Privacy: European report says mass surveillance endangers 'fundamental human rights'
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe says mass surveillance threatens human rights, endangers lives and consumes anti-terrorist resources, The Guardian reports. The leading human rights body in Europe says that mass surveillance techniques represent a threat to "fundamental...
Property law: Law lords consider challenge to £1m chalet lease
The Supreme Court is to hear an appeal concerning chalet charges that could increase to over £1m, the BBC reports. A property case, which will leave holiday chalet owners with charges exceeding £1m in the final year of their lease...
Discrimination: Jewish leaders lobby for Europe-wide anti-Semitism law
Jewish leadership mobilises itself to call for pan-European legislation outlawing anti-Semitism, The Guardian reports. With support from former heads of State and Government, European Jewish leaders are lobbying for Europe-wide legislation to make anti-Semitism illegal. During a three-year consultation, four...
Prisons: Prisoners caught taking 'legal highs' face new punishment
Concern about "legal high" drugs fuelling prison violence has led to a crackdown being launched this week, Sky News reports. New Government plans will see prisoners who are caught taking "legal high" drugs face tougher penalties. Punishments will include prisoners...
International: Ousted Thai prime minister banned from domestic politics
Yingluck Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand, has been banned from politics and may face a criminal conviction, reports the Guardian. Ms Shinawatra has been banned from politics for five years by the current military government, led by General...
Smoking: Tobacco firms criticise new law banning cigarette packet branding
Tobacco companies denounce proposed legislation mandating plain packaging for cigarettes, the BBC reports. The tobacco industry has come out in force to oppose Government proposals to introduce standardised plain packaging for cigarettes. According to the Tobacco Manufacturers Association, plans for...
Trademark law: Rihanna triumphs in legal battle with Topshop over 'image rights'
Court of Appeal upholds a ban on Topshop selling Rihanna t-shirts without her permission, The Daily Telegraph reports. Pop singer, Rihanna, 26, has emerged victorious in a legal battle with UK high street store, Topshop, over a t-shirt bearing the...
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