Category Archives: Politics

e-Borders Arbitration Set Aside for ‘Serious Irregularity’

These judgments given by Akenhead J relate to the e-Borders controversy. The e-Borders passenger information system was marketed as a one-stop solution to the UK’s immigration and security problems. Under e-Borders the Home Office sought to create an electronic system to … Continue reading

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Supreme Court: EU Law Fails Vietnamese Jihadist

Pham v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] UKSC 19 (25 March 2015) – read fully updated article on SSRN. In the case of Pham (formerly “B2”), Lord Neuberger PSC, Lady Hale DPSC and Lord Mance, Lord Wilson, Lord … Continue reading

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UK Loses Key Case on Abuse of Rights

McCarthy and Others (Judgment) [2014] EUECJ C-202/13 (18 December 2014) Consumed by the politics of immigration, the British have become massively uptight about entry into their country. This case – involving a dual British and Irish national living in Spain … Continue reading

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Khomeinism Upheld By Supreme Court

Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] UKSC 60 (12 November 2014) The vibrant young Iranian men and women of North London who can be seen … Continue reading

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Lord Neuberger: The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance

On 26 August 2014, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury PSC delivered a speech entitled The Third and Fourth Estates: Judges, Journalists and Open Justice at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club. It can be viewed here and despite the seriousness of the … Continue reading

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Case Preview: R (Lord Carlile & Ors) v SSHD in Supreme Court

See update here. In Khomeinism: Essays on the Islamic Republic Ervand Abrahamian argued that populism, and not fundamentalism, toppled the Shah’s regime. Having visited Iran during the reformist Khatemi era, I can say that back then Iranians did crave democracy … Continue reading

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New Syria Country Guidance

KB (Failed asylum seekers and forced returnees) Syria CG UKUT 00426 (IAC) (21 December 2012) Once the beating heart of Arab nationalism, Syria is a country in ruins. After achieving independence in 1946, dozens of constitutions and cabinets came and went … Continue reading

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