Monthly Archives: December 2013

Religion and Belief Discrimination: all about “core principles”? – Mba v London Borough of Merton [2013] EWCA Civ 1562

Dr Mark Butler

The recent decision of Mba v London Borough of Merton [2013] EWCA Civ 1562 saw the Court of Appeal once again have the opportunity to consider the issue of religious discrimination; this time due to a complaint brought by a worker who complained that having to work on a Sunday was treating her less favourably due to her Christian beliefs, with her belief that Sunday should be a day of rest being a “Core Christian Belief”.

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Adolescent-to-Parent Abuse: Reflections on 2013

Dr Amanda Holt

This year, the media has finally turned its attention to the issue of a relatively small, yet very real, problem: adolescents’ abusive behaviour towards their parents. What I’m talking about here is a pattern of behaviour that uses verbal, financial, physical or emotional means to practise power and exert control over one’s parent. Examples found in my own research include physical violence (and threats to cause physical harm), intimidation and undermining the parent, and theft and damage to a parent’s property and possessions.

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Kosovo and its highest courts: At the coalface of transitional constitutionalism

Professor James A. Sweeney

The German professor on my right is banging his fist on the desk, making a good point loudly.  On my far right is the President of the Kosovo Supreme Court.  To my left is the President of the Kosovo Constitutional Court.  Judges of both of these two courts are sitting at tables perpendicular to mine, facing each other like opposing quiz teams. Continue reading

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The welfare principle in action: Best interests and the MMR vaccination – F v F [2013] EWHC 2683 (Fam)

Dr Sara Fovargue

On 12 October 2013 the Family Division of the High Court published a judgment which had been handed down in private on 5 September 2013 concerning an application from a father for a specific issue order under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 requiring that his 15 year old (L) and 11 year old (M) daughters received the MMR vaccination.  Dr Sara Fovargue considers the case and its implications.

Case transcript: F v F [2013] EWHC 2683 (Fam)

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