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Stop and Search – 10 things you need to know

Elena Papamichael

Posted by Elena Papamichael | Trainee
On 19th April 2017

Under the sus law (s.4 Vagrancy Act) police in England & Wales had the power to search anyone in a public place who they suspected of intending to commit an offence. This power was used to target black and ethnic minority communities and many say contributed to the race riots of the 1980s that occurred all over the country. The law was repealed in 1981 following successful campaigns that highlighted the racist abuse of the power.

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Brexit case demonstrates why the use of Trump-style executive powers would fail in UK parliamentary system

Bhaskar Banarjee

Posted by Bhaskar Banerjee | Trainee
On 6th April 2017

Donald Trump’s executive orders banning immigration from seven Muslim majority countries and imposing an indefinite stay on refugees fleeing the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria has caused untold misery and legal uncertainty for tens of thousands.

Mr August Flentje, lawyer for Trump’s justice department, stated that this exercise of executive power was ‘perfectly constitutional’, though the US courts halted the ban in its initial form.

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