Emma Watson, Gender Equality and the Apprentice: you’re fired, unless you wear plenty of makeup, a short skirt…

Dr Mark Butler

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The fight for equality between on gender grounds has been one that has been ongoing for some time (the EU and the United Nations playing key roles), but there is clearly a lot that still needs to be done. The gender pay gap is clear evidence of this; female workers in the UK currently earning on average 19% less than their male counterparts. Although this is considered an ‘improvement’ from the historical context, this serves to highlight that we are still some way off achieving equality. This is exacerbated when one considers that workers in atypical and marginal employment relationships, for example part time workers, earn over 1/3 less per hour than their full time counterparts (according to the Office of National Statistics in 2012), and that many of these positions are filled by female workers. However, having recently watched over the HeForShe speech given by Emma Watson, and having endured the new bunch of “business leaders” on the Apprentice, it did get me thinking about gender equality in business, and this blog encapsulates those musings.

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The Parental Involvement Presumption

Louise Rae

The Children and Families Act 2014 came into force six months ago today. The Act put into place some of the Family Justice Reforms that had long been discussed and debated. One of the major changes to family law was that residence and contact orders were replaced by child arrangement orders. Today section 11 of the Act comes into force and introduces a new presumption of ‘continued parental involvement’. The presumption only applies to family proceedings commenced after 22nd October 2014.

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Lancaster University Law School Professor in the News

Professor Suzanne Ost writes in The Guardian about John Grisham’s comments about child abuse images.

Suzanne Ost’s other blog posts include ‘Now you see them now you don’t? The battle to block online child sexual abuse images‘ with Siobhan Weare (@SiobhanWeare), and ‘A right to die or a step too far? Assisted dying and being ‘tired of life’

Suzanne Ost (@SuzanneOst3737is Professor of Law in the Law School at Lancaster. She researches in the areas of medical law and ethics and child sexual exploitation. She is the co-author of Medicine and Bioethics in the Theatre of the Criminal Process and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Law Review.

You can find out more about Suzanne’s research at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/law/profiles/suzanne-ost

 

 

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Clearing and Adjustment 2014

For full information on clearing and adjustment opportunities at Lancaster University, including our Clearing and Adjustment Hotline, visit: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/clearing/

Vacancies will be listed on the Lancaster University Clearing and Adjustment Pages on Results Day.  They will also be available via The Telegraph, and UCAS. Continue reading

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The Price of Love: MM and others v Secretary of State [2014] EWCA

Georgina Firth

The issue of family migration has long been a controversial area in immigration law, not least because it represents a particular set of challenges to a Government. Unlike decisions to admit a migrant for work or business, family migration brings to the fore a tension between the personal interests of those lawfully in the UK who wish to reunite with their family members and the desire of the Government to manage and often limit migration. One of the recurrent themes that emerges in policy in this area is a concern that family migrants and their British based sponsors should have sufficient financial resources to be able to support themselves and enable the migrant to participate and integrate into society without being a burden on the general taxpayer. In the Family Migration Consultation of July 2011, the government argued that too many family migrants are reliant on the low wages of their sponsor and risk needing welfare support.

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The Case against China’s joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dr Ming Du

China’s attitude toward the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has shifted over the past few years. Initially, China viewed the TPP as a US strategic tool to contain China’s rise and dominate the Asia-Pacific region. More recently, China’s attitude has been less suspicious. According to the Ministry of Commerce, China ‘will analyze the pros and cons as well as the possibility of joining the TPP, based on careful research and according to principles of equality and mutual benefit’.

I submit that China should not seek to join the TPP in the short term.

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Disability Hate Crime – ‘Only having a laugh’

Paul Dodenhoff

A number of months ago, I was walking through Preston mid-afternoon with a group of people, and suddenly a number of eggs rained down upon us from a second floor window above a shop. Glancing up, we witnessed two retreating, laughing males, probably about 18 to 20 years old. Luckily the eggs missed and no damage was done to either pride or clothing, nor was the incident reported to anybody as far as I’m aware.

Similarly, I was on a bus ride not long before that incident, where a group of rowdy schoolboys about 14 to 16 years old sitting on the upper deck of the bus, started throwing empty pop cans and spitting out of the bus windows at the passengers below as they exited the bus at a stop. This was reported to the driver of the bus, by one of the ‘victims’ of the incident.

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