Monthly Archives: March 2014

Accepting the Things We Cannot Change: Part 2 Contamination Concerns

John Pearson

This blog, the second of two, will consider the potential for contamination arising from extreme energy projects. The lack of knowledge regarding the extent, and even existence of contamination arising from such projects necessitates it is suggested a wholly different approach to regulation than that proposed for the previously considered consumption impacts.

The issues discussed here are considered at length in a report published today by ReFine in Marine and Petroleum Geology concerning the safety of onshore shale oil and gas extraction.

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Lancaster School of Law students are off to Ghana

Dr Catherine Easton

On the 30th of March, six year two students and one staff member from Lancaster Law School will travel to Accra, Ghana for a week-long educational visit to Lancaster University’s Ghana campus. They will form part of a larger group of staff and students from the Linguistics and the Politics, Philosophy and Religion departments.

This is the first visit of the Lancaster-Ghana undergraduate ambassador scheme, which aims to forge links and interaction between students and staff based in Lancaster and in Ghana. Lancaster University is the first British university to open a campus in West Africa and it aims to grow its student numbers to 200 by September 2014.

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Hi-ho, hi-ho it’s off to Europe Woolies will go…

Dr Mark Butler

The case of USDAW v Ethel Austin Ltd (in administration) and another, which is more commonly referred to as the Woolworths litigation, continues to rumble on, with it having made a brief appearance before the Court of Appeal on 22nd January 2014, which concluded with the Court referring the matter to the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) through the preliminary reference procedure under Article 267 Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

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Social Media: A New opportunity or a new threat for retail loss prevention?

Samantha Al-Sharifi

A major challenge facing retail loss prevention (security guards etc.) today is incorporating new technologies into existing policies and practices. Despite the current bleak economic climate, in 2012-2013, retailers in the UK invested £995 million on technology designed to reduce shoplifting and employee theft (Centre for Retail Research 2013). New technologies in loss prevention are emerging every year which introduces new opportunities, but, also pose new threats.

In 2013 social media was identified as one on the key emerging trends in retail loss prevention. There are few people who would deny that social media has changed the way we interact with the world. People can now ‘update their status’, ‘tweet’ or ‘Instagram’ a photograph which can be instantly viewed globally by any individual.

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The Crimea Crisis: A Case of Occupation, Annexation, Secession or Autonomy?

Dr James Summers examines the international legal position of Russia’s occupation of the Crimean region of the Ukraine and the possible status of the peninsula following from this. On 27 February Russian forces, wearing balaclavas to hide their identity, are believed to have moved beyond Russian naval facilities on the peninsula to take control of public buildings, airports and highways linking it with the rest of the Ukraine. These soldiers have gained effective control of the territory, while Ukrainian forces are currently under siege in their barracks. This takeover swiftly followed the overthrow of Ukrainian President Victor Yukanovych, who fled the country in the wake of an uprising in the capital Kiev on 22 February. Protests against Yukanovych erupted from his decision on 21 November 2013 not to sign a trade agreement with the EU in favour of financial support from Russia. Yukanovych, who drew support from the Russophone eastern regions of Ukraine, was seen by Moscow as an important ally.

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