Law

Peers will vote on the boundary reforms in the next two weeks. Picture: Getty

The government kicks the Sharia debate into the long grass

22 October 2012 17:22

Because our Parliament discusses little of significance anymore, most of the public tend to ignore it. The perception that the…

Britain’s illiberal state

12 October 2012 13:58

It can seem surreal, almost otherworldly, to read about our judiciary these days. Just a few days ago my colleague…

Tory backbenchers wanted to talk as much about Strasbourg as they did about Jordan following Theresa May's statement on Abu Qatada today. Picture: Getty

The Myth of the European Court of Human Rights' "War on Britain" - Spectator Blogs

19 September 2012 12:02

You rarely hear people defending the European Court of Human Rights. It is, according to British mythology, a meddlesome beast…

Briefing: the Christians taking their fight to Europe

4 September 2012 19:18

Away from the drama of the reshuffle, the European Court of Human Rights is hearing the pleas of four British…

Was the new squatting law necessary?

31 August 2012 12:19

Squatting in residential properties became a criminal offence today under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012,…

Galloway and Murray’s smears ignore how simple the Assange case is

22 August 2012 14:30

The remorseless smears of the alleged victims of serious sexual assault by George Galloway MP and Craig Murray, our former…

‘Rape as most people understand it’

21 August 2012 18:05

George Galloway got a spade out today and made a statement in which he attempted to clarify his comments about…

Victory for ministers on ‘slave labour’ schemes

6 August 2012 16:45

Ministers were relieved today when the High Court ruled that the Work and Pensions Department’s back-to-work schemes are not ‘forced…

Why we should trust trial by jury

21 July 2012 18:00

The acquittal of PC Simon Harwood on Thursday for the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson provoked a strong reaction in the press.…

We can’t just bury Bloody Sunday

20 July 2012 18:00

I have a piece in today’s Wall Street Journal about the case for prosecuting certain of the Bloody Sunday soldiers.…

Legally blonde

12 July 2012 13:45

A touch of glamour at the High Court this morning as N-Dubz singer turned X-Factor judge Tulisa won an apology…

Obamacare and the Supreme Court: Partisan goose for the partisan gander

3 July 2012 15:15

Like the French Revolution it remains much too soon to say what the consequences of the United States Supreme Court’s…

Rodney King and compensation

18 June 2012 16:45

The late Auberon Waugh advised his readers to reflect on the case of David Flannigan when considering the munificent compensation…

A day for celebration, but more must be done to protect free speech

12 June 2012 14:30

It’s not often that three relatively small NGOs can change politics. So today’s parliamentary debate on the Defamation Bill is…

A Victory for the ECHR

18 April 2012 13:21

As Pete said yesterday, the arrest and presumed deportation of Abu Qatada to Jordan is worth a cheer or two.…

How Clegg outmanoeuvred Cameron over the ECHR

11 March 2012 17:00

News that Nick Clegg has brilliantly outmanoeuvred Cameron over the British Bill of Rights will come as no surprise to…

Raab’s early hits

5 December 2011 13:16

The Commons will debate the UK’s controversial extradition treaty with the US and the European Arrest Warrant later today. The…

A crucial week for the cause of free expression

17 October 2011 16:23

For those who care about free expression in the UK, and particularly the reform of our invidious libel laws, this…

Grieve tucks into May

5 October 2011 9:13

A fringe debate on the Human Rights Act hosted by the Tory Reform Group might not have been a crowd puller. But yesterday’s…

May’s cat story is nonsense

4 October 2011 14:24

If Theresa May took Ken Clarke up on his wager that no one has avoided deportation because they had a…