Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Legality of Badger Gassing

Prof David Campbell

In responses to excellent comments made on an earlier blog about the pilot badger culls, I have given it as my opinion that the prospects for successful judicial review of those culls are poor. This opinion is based on the nature of judicial review and is not in any way a substantive defence of the culls or the policy of ‘eradicating’ bTB that lies behind them. This policy is irrational in every sense other than the sense which guides judicial review, and the culls have been so completely a failure that I do think their continuation in their present form, and certainly their extension in that form to other parts of the UK, could be subject to successful judicial review. The definition of insanity attributed to Einstein – of repeating the same action in the expectation of a different result – has become very clichéd, but this is only because, as with all the clichés one cannot avoid using, it is profoundly true. To go on with these pilot culls without very substantially amending them, or to extend them in their present state, would, in my opinion, invite judicial review that had a real prospect of success.

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The Managerial Merry-go-round: from Moyes to Van Gaal and everyone in-between… The employment law implications

Dr Mark Butler


As the premier league season drew to an end on 11 May 2014 the inevitable question was who would be the next manager to be sacked. The season had already seen a number of high profile dismissals, including Paulo Di Canio from Sunderland (less than six months after being appointed), Martin Jol from Fulham (2 ½ years into his reign), Andre Villas-Boas from Tottenham Hotspur (17 months after taking charge), Malky Mackay from Cardiff City (2 ½ years in charge), Michael Laudrup from Swansea City (less than 12 months in charge) and Chris Hughton from Norwich City (just under two years in charge). However, the dismissal that attracted most media interest was that of David Moyes (formerly) of Manchester United, who received his marching orders on 22nd April 2014, only 10 months in to a reported six year contract.

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Denial in Bahrain? The Links Between Sickle Cell Disease, Detention and Tear Gas.

Dr. Gearóid Ó Cuinn

Since the outbreak of pro-reform protests in Bahrain in early 2011 security forces have deployed an unprecedented amount of tear gas resulting in the deaths of numerous individuals. This torrent has also revealed a genetic component to Bahrain’s political unrest through a record spike in sickle cell deaths – a condition that predominantly affects the marginalised Shia population.

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Farewell to the safety net? Social (in)security and Local Welfare Assistance

Dr Chris Grover

Local Welfare Assistance (LWA) was introduced in April 2013. It is a general term for a range of policies that upper tier local authorities and the devolved governments of Scotland and Wales were given funding for by the Westminster government to relive the needs of people facing a financial emergency. It has recently been highlighted, however, that, at least in England, there have been problems in the development of LWA. Following a Freedom of Information request, The Guardian reported in April 2014 that: Councils sit on £67m in emergency help for poor. This finding was problematic because it suggested that people may be unable to access the support that they require at times of acute financial need. And this was at a time when, as the increase in the use of food banks and the increasing number of income poor people being pushed deeper into poverty by the Coalition government’s programme of social security retrenchment, it might have been thought that local authorities would be inundated by demand.

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What Are the Lessons of the Badger Culls for Regulatory Theory? A Response to Comments

Prof David Campbell

In this post, Professor David Campbell responds to some of the issues raised in the discussion which his earlier post on the recent pilot badger culls generated below the line here, and on Twitter.

I am grateful to those who have commented on my views on the badger culls, and, in particular, for the suggestion that the cull (as carried out) might be regarded as a contravention of the Berne Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats.

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