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Nyasha Weinberg

Biography Nyasha Weinberg is a Research Fellow in Rule of Law Measurement at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. She received her Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and her undergraduate degree from Oxford University. Nyasha is currently a re:constitution fellow and visiting scholar at the Hertie School in Berlin working on how data can help prevent Rule of Law backsliding. She has previously worked as policy expert including serving as a policy adviser to the UK government,…

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Ronan Cormacain

Biography Dr Cormacain is senior Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is leading the Rule of Law Monitoring of Legislation Project. This aim of this project is a systematic analysis of all Government Bills to assess whether they comply with Rule of Law principles. Dr Cormacain was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland, has an LLM in Human Rights from Queens University Belfast, and an LLM from the University…

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Iris Anastasiadou

Biography Iris Anastasiadou joined BIICL as a Research Assistant in Public International Law and Migration in January 2020. She is participating in the Migrants at Sea Project, as well as the Integration of Migrants in Medium/Small Cities and Rural areas in Europe. She is also participating in the team to address current pandemic developments Iris holds an LLM from University College London (UCL) and an LLB from the University of York. Her master's thesis focused on cyber-attacks and the rules…

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Resource Pack: Force majeure and hardship in commercial contracts cross-border and comparative perspectives

RESOURCE PACK Force Majeure and Hardship in Commercial Contracts: Cross-border and Comparative Perspectives     Webinar Details On 8 April 2020 this webinar examined the legal consequences of a party's inability to perform a contract due to events outside their control, by comparing and contrasting a series of different juridictions including the US, France and the UK. An analysis was made of the issue of force majeure / and hardship…

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Recording: Government response to the pandemic: balancing public health and investment protection

RECORDING Government response to the pandemic: balancing public health and investment protection Event details As states face difficult choices to protect public health and keep their economies afloat, their treatment of foreign investors in this crisis is yet to be tested by investor-state tribunals. The pandemic led governments around the world to take unpopular and often unprecedented measures such as regulating prices and imposing export…

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Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Regulation - A Conversation with Lord Clement-Jones

WEBINAR Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Regulation - A Conversation with Lord Clement-Jones Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location        Event Details This is the third webinar in our series on 'Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities, Risks, and the Future of Regulation'. The intellectual…

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Covid-19, Sino-US Trade War, and International Law Seminar

EVENTS Covid-19, Sino-US Trade War, and International Law Seminar Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Supported By the British Institute of International and Comparative Law Event Details The Covid-19 health crisis has implicated discussions about the Sino-US…

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Breathing Space - the effect of the pandemic on commercial contracts

EVENTS Breathing Space - the effect of the pandemic on commercial contracts Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details On 27 April 2020, BIICL has published a Concept Note addressing the question whether the Covid-19 crisis creates a "need for a more creative, graded, but nevertheless rigorous approach…

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COVID-19, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Governance. A Conversation with Lord Clement-Jones

Webinar COVID-19, Artificial Intelligence and Data Governance: A Conversation with Lord Tim Clement-Jones Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the webinar  COVID-19, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Governance. A Conversation with Lord Clement-Jones Read the Joint Committee of Human Rights' report on the…

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Can I go to the park please Dad? Everyday lessons in legal certainty in the English Coronavirus Regulations

  Published in the UK Consitutional Law Association Blog  This post analyses the changes made on 13 May 2020 to the coronavirus social distancing regulations for England. The criterion for analysis is the basic Rule of Law requirement of legal certainty. Certainty allows us to plan our actions, lets the police know what it is they should be enforcing, and most importantly stops us from inadvertently breaking the law. The very limited case-study is the question posed in…

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Government response to the pandemic: balancing public health and investment protection

WEBINAR Government response to the pandemic: balancing public health and investment protection Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Media Sponsor Event details As states face difficult choices to protect public health and keep their economies afloat, their treatment of foreign investors in this crisis is yet…

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PLF Webinar on Product Liability and Emergency Products

EVENTS PLF Webinar on Product Liability and Emergency Products Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The objective of this webinar is to discuss the current regulatory and liability responses to the manufacture of products in the current crisis, including medicines, vaccines, PPE, and…

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Parliament must legislate on the government’s plans for contact tracing apps

On 4 May the Joint Committee on Human Rights took evidence from the Information Commissioner, academics and the CEO of NHSX on the risks to the right to privacy (Article 8 ECHR) if a contact tracing app is introduced to track and slow the spread of the coronavirus. This is helpful scrutiny of the government's plans. Yet if the government goes ahead with its proposed contact-tracing application it is essential that the processing of large amounts of personal data by the state, even if…

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The U.K. Races to Catch Up on COVID-19

The United Kingdom (U.K.) responded differently than other countries at the start of the coronavirus crisis. The government's initial policy, in hindsight, appears ill thought-through and has already faced growing criticism. The U.K. subsequently took a more orthodox approach—adopting social distancing measures, restricting movement, and ultimately implementing a nationwide lockdown. Read more   Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication -…

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BIICL Publishes Concept Note

Breathing space - a Concept Note on the effect of the pandemic on commercial contracts BIICL has today published a Concept Note  on the effects of the pandemic on commercial contracts and legal consideration in mitigating mass defaults. Read more about the Concept Note   Read the press release 

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Coronavirus Amendment Regulations: The Government's dubious response to the 'out out' defence

Maintaining public confidence in the Government's response to the pandemic matters. Trust will drain away if we are not given the full story about amendments to the coronavirus legislation restricting osur movements. The Rule of Law requires full disclosure. The comedian Micky Flanagan has a routine about being 'out out' . The central gag is that he only went 'out' to do a bit of shopping, but was waylaid by a friend and ended up in a nightclub for the evening. But he wasn't properly…

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Gian Luca Burci and Philippe Sands Event Report Published

"COVID-19 and International Law: What went wrong and what can we learn from it?" If you missed the fascinating discussion between Philippe Sand and Gian Luca Burci at BIICL on the 16th of April there is now a report of the event available. Read the report and download a recording of the webinar here 

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Covid-19: When is a rule not a rule?

There has been some confusion over the extent of the Government's legal powers in the Covid-19 lockdown, and the precise status of a "rule". There is a difference between regulation and legislation. Voermans argues that legislation is the constitutionally authoritative form in which law is made by the state. Regulation is much broader and means any public intervention in a market or in society. Legislation means banning  smoking in enclosed public spaces. Regulation includes the…

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Responding to COVID-19 product risks: should Government focus on the manufacturer or the patient?

It was revealed recently that the Government has agreed to cover the legal liabilities of companies developing medical equipment at speed in the fight against COVID-19. In a letter in April 2020 to the Public Accounts Parliamentary Select Committee, Government Minister Michael Gove MP, revealed that the highly unusual step had been taken of indemnifying certain companies which are manufacturing medical equipment such as ventilators against legal risk in case the product causes injury…

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COVID-19 and International Law: What went wrong and what can we learn from it?

The  webinar: 'COVID-19 and International Law: What went wrong and what can we learn from it?' held on 16 April 2020 featured a conversation between the award-winning author and international lawyer Philippe Sands QC, and the international health law expert and WHO former legal counsel Gian Luca Burci to explore what may have gone wrong, the lessons to be learned, and future institutional and legal changes needed Project Report This post-event report provides a summary of the discussion…

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Parliament reopening will help the Government defeat COVID-19

Parliament's work in scrutinising Government is never more important than in a crisis. Emergencies sound the hour of the executive, where it plays an essential role in coordinating and delivering urgent support; this has certainly been the case with COVID-19, with Ministers granted additional powers to mobilise a rapid response to the lethal danger posed by the virus. While it is clear that special measures are required to cope with this extraordinary situation, it is essential to the Rule…

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COVID-19 and International Law: What went wrong and what can we learn from it?

EVENTS COVID-19 and International Law: What went wrong and what can we learn from it? Philippe Sands in conversation with Gian Luca Burci Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event details The adverse effects of the novel COVID-19 pandemic are felt globally, raising questions about the state of international…

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Force Majeure and Hardship in Commercial Contracts: Cross-border and Comparative Perspectives

WEBINAR Force Majeure and Hardship in Commercial Contracts: Cross-border and Comparative Perspectives Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location      Event Details The objective of this webinar is to examine the legal consequences of a party's inability to perform a contract due to events outside their…

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Hungary's Coronavirus legislative response: indeterminate powers for an indeterminate period

The UK's legislative response to Covid-19 has been enacted in great haste, and its impact on the Rule of Law will no doubt continue to be debated in the months to come. However, it is clear that the Coronavirus Act 2020 contains some important Rule of Law safeguards. It has a sunset clause , meaning it will expire after 2 years. It allows Parliament the possibility to review  the Act after 6 months. The Secretary of State must lay reports  before Parliament every 2 months…

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Coronavirus Bill: A Rule of Law Analysis (Supplementary Report - House of Lords)

The Coronavirus Bill is a response to a genuine public health emergency and contains the most sweeping powers ever taken by the UK Government outside of wartime.  There is absolutely no doubt that the Government needs to take swift and bold measures to protect citizens, and that some of these measures will unavoidably impinge upon personal liberties in a drastic way. The role of Parliament in scrutinising these measures is even more important during an emergency. Neither law nor…

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Rule of Law Monitoring of Legislation - Coronavirus Bill

The Coronavirus Bill is a response to a genuine public health emergency and contains the most sweeping powers ever taken by the UK Government outside of wartime.  There is absolutely no doubt that the Government needs to take swift and bold measures to protect citizens, and that some of these measures will unavoidably impinge upon personal liberties in a drastic way. The role of Parliament in scrutinising these measures is even more important during an emergency. Neither law nor…

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Does law fall silent in the war against Covid-19?

The UK's Prime Minister yesterday joined other international leaders in declaring "war " on the invisible enemy, Covid-19. In a public emergency, the Government is quite right to use emergency powers to protect the public.  Coronavirus is a genuine public health emergency, not a legal or political crisis. The primary focus of the Government's response is, rightly, on public health, medical evidence and scientific research. Lawyers are not doctors and aren't qualified to give medical advice…

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BIICL Coronavirus Update

In the context of the coronavirus outbreak, BIICL staff have been recommended to work from home until further notice, taking the health and welfare of our workforce and community is the best approach at this point.We aim to host some of our events online; others will be postponed until it is safe to re-schedule. Otherwise we will continue to deliver our work as normally as possible. We will post updates on the re-scheduling of events as it develops on the event webpage and here as a news item.…

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