Category Archives: International Law

Case Preview: Bashir and Others v SSHD

In her Christmas speech to British forces in Akrotiri, the prime minister celebrated the downfall of ISIS. Temporarily relieved from the turbulence of domestic and European politics, a triumphant Theresa May stressed that British military bases in Cyprus – the … Continue reading

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Defence of Illegality Inapplicable to Trafficked Nigerian Woman’s Discrimination Claim Says Supreme Court

Hounga v Allen & Anor [2014] UKSC 47 (30 July 2014) “A small claim generates an important point”, said the Supreme Court in this intriguing case regarding the circumstances in which the defence of illegality should defeat a complaint by … Continue reading

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UK’s Afghanistan Detention Policy Unlawful

Mohammed v Ministry of Defence & Ors [2014] EWHC 1369 (QB) (02 May 2014) In the wake of the September 11 attacks, stability in Afghanistan became a priority for world leaders. But before all that happened, America, Britain and Saudi … Continue reading

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SK (Zimbabwe): mob violence and exclusion from asylum

SK (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 807, please read judgment.  SK appealed the Upper Tribunal’s decision on the grounds that, on a true interpretation of the Rome Statute, her acts did not amount … Continue reading

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Dutch charges deemed disproportionate

Commission v Netherlands (Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations) [2012] EUECJ C-508/10 In this case the Court of Justice of the European Union (Second Chamber) ruled that in granting residence permits to third-country nationals, and to their family members, who … Continue reading

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R (Thamby) v SSHD: LTTE, nationality, naturalisation and “good character”

This judicial review case – Thamby, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWHC 1763 read judgment here – concerned the SSHD’s refusal to naturalise as a citizen a Tamil national of Sri … Continue reading

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European Hegemony: Kapitel Eins

“Flüchtlinge? Das sind keine Flüchtlinge, sondern illegale Migranten.” (Refugees? They are not refugees but illegal immigrants.) Some years ago Ilkka Laitinen, Executive Director of Frontex described refugees in the above manner to Der Standard; he simultaneously used the opportunity to … Continue reading

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