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Identifying a victim of modern slavery – and what to do about it

Olivier Roth speaks to Justine Currell, CEO of Unseen, about the work her charity does with victims of modern slavery and the steps that individuals – including solicitors – should take if they suspect they have encountered a victim of modern slavery.


3 Jul 2019

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Facial recognition technology - Who is watching us?

Olivier Roth speaks to Big Brother Watch’s Griff Ferris about facial recognition technology, which is now a reality in the UK – despite the lack of any legal basis or parliamentary scrutiny, and despite the significant concerns raised by rights and race equality groups.


3 Aug 2018

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Mobile phone data extraction by the police

Olivier Roth speaks to Privacy International’s Millie Graham Wood about phone data extraction. The use of ‘mobile phone extraction’ tools enables police forces to download all of the content and data from people’s phones. This can apply to suspects, witnesses and even victims - without their knowledge. With no clear policies or guidance on the use of this technology, individuals are unaware of their legal rights, or of how the data is used, stored, or secured.


21 Jun 2018

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Forced detention, being a director of Liberty, and a look back at human rights in the early 2000s

John Wadham discusses his career as a leading human rights solicitor, the challenges he encountered as a director of Liberty, his role as chair at the National Preventive Mechanism, and what he views to be the biggest human rights issues facing the UK currently.


21 May 2018

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Should soldiers have the right to sue the MoD?

Hilary Meredith, CEO and founder of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd., discusses the Ministry of Defence’s Better Combat Compensation consultation and what this would mean for injured members of the armed forces and their families.


13 Apr 2018

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Overturning wrongful convictions: a Herculean task?

Glyn Maddocks, founder of the Centre for Criminal Appeals, tells us about his work in trying to overturn the convictions of Tony Stocks and Paul Blackburn, and the failures of the criminal justice system in overturning wrongful convictions. Glyn was instrumental in setting up the Centre for Criminal Appeals, and has devoted more than 20 years of his career to freeing victims of miscarriages of justice from jail and clearing their names.


12 Apr 2018

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Human rights in Wales: what issues are facing the devolved administration?

Nick Howard, advisor to the Welsh Government on human rights and devolution, explains the evolutionary nature of the devolution settlement and its relationship with human rights. He also touches upon the importance of the Human Rights Act, and what it means for the Sewel Convention.


12 Apr 2018

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Business and human rights: Can international action stop modern slavery?

Tony Fisher discusses the principles underpinning business and human rights, the United Nations Guiding Principles, and what this means for those who want to combat modern slavery.


12 Apr 2018

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The Guilford Four and the Maguire Seven: the inside track

Human rights solicitor Alastair Logan explains how he came to defend the Guildford Four, his early career in family law, and his involvement in the case of the Maguire seven. Alastair also discusses his work on Tasers, and his campaign against he closure of the Forensic Science Service.


12 Apr 2018

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The constitutional implications of Brexit

Pr Laurent Pech and Pr Joelle Grogan from the University of Middlesex discuss the future ramifications of the Repeal Bill, whether limits should be imposed on the Government’s use of the Henry VIII clauses, and what this all means for the border in Northern Ireland. They also touch upon the future jurisdiction of the CJEU, the Customs Union, the Single Market, and the transfer of EU law into the British statue book.

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12 Apr 2018

Rank #10