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Defamation: why is the law changing in Scotland?

In early March 2021, all eyes were on the Scottish Parliament as Nicola Sturgeon was scrutinised for the handling of sexual harassment complaints. Amidst the headlines, it was easy to miss the unanimous passing of the Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill. This landmark piece of legislation aims to modernise and simplify the law of […]

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Victims of revenge porn take back control

CW: domestic abuse, sexual assault Victims breathe a sigh of relief as the government commits to making the threat of revenge porn a crime. The Naked Threat Campaign’s tireless efforts were rewarded this month when England and Wales joined Scotland in criminalising the threat of revenge porn.  Revenge porn, the sharing of private sexual photos […]

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Period products: luxury to necessity

Scotland has become the first country in the world to introduce universal access to free period products. According to the bill that was passed in Holyrood on Tuesday night, November 24, it is legally required to ensure everyone who needs such products has access to them. It is the outcome of the 4-year-campaign led by […]

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Covert Human Intelligence Sources bill: accountability in the justice system

Much of the glitz regarding the James Bond franchise, only exists in the minds of Hollywood producers. But, a ‘licence to kill’ may soon become a reality in the UK, as Westminster considers new legislation allowing confidential informants working for the security services to be authorised to break the law. The Covert Human Intelligence Sources […]

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It’s the Constitution that’s holding back America

It is commonly mistaken that the UK doesn’t have a constitution, or that it doesn’t have a written constitution. It has both. When a House of Commons bill becomes law, it becomes part of our constitution. Or when a judge delivers a ruling on a case, that then becomes part of our constitution. This is […]

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Celebrating Edinburgh’s alumni on International Women’s Day

Since being allowed to enrol in 1892, remarkable women at the University of Edinburgh have overcome considerable adversity to become drivers of equality and excellence in their fields. Flora Philip began studying in Edinburgh in 1883 with the Edinburgh Association for the University Education of Women. Flora clearly excelled, receiving the Edinburgh University Certificate in […]

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Turkey’s ‘marry-your-rapist’ bill

The Turkish Parliament recently debated a new bill on January 16th that has been dubbed the “marry your rapist” bill, where men who have been convicted of statutory rape will be pardoned and granted amnesty; as long as they marry their victims. Although the legal age of consent in Turkey stands to be 18, historically […]

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Corporal Punishment: A Violation of Human Rights?

The answer to that question is one of the most hotly debated topics today. Are we mentally scarring women and men, girls and boys, by allowing flogging, caning, beating, and whipping as a form of discipline? Should we condemn countries that use a law of a bygone age as an excuse to abuse and condemn […]