Criminal Law

Drugs Offences Litigation

In different jurisdictions, the possession and use of certain substances is restricted. These substances include chemicals and herbs that can be used for medicinal or recreational purposes. Such substances, which can affect the physiological and psychological state of a person are generally referred to as drugs. Societies restrict the use of these drugs because of. Read more

Policing Financial Crimes

In 2015, an anonymous source released documents which became known as the Panama Papers, detailing financial information of wealthy individuals and public officials across the world. The papers revealed how the law firm of Mossack Fonseca had helped to facilitate the incorporation of offshore shell companies, which were used for various purposes including tax evasion. Read more

Brexit and the European Arrest Warrant: You Can’t Eat Your Cake and Have it

As the deadline for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) draws close, analysts continue to assess the impact that the withdrawal will have on the lives and businesses of those in the UK, and of course, on the UK economy. Beyond the restriction on the free movement of people,. Read more

Red Notice – Red Menace?

Interpol Red Notices have been a regular feature in the press in recent months, for example the temporary arrest of Bill Browder, but what is a Red Notice, and should we be concerned about their increased use? In simple terms, a Red Notice is an electronic ‘wanted’ poster, requested by one of Interpol’s 190-member national. Read more

Q&A with Emma Fenn

Bloomsbury Professional catch up with criminal defence barrister and author, Emma Fenn. What first attracted you to criminal law? The endless stories that my grandad told about his time as a policeman in North Wales. I always wanted to hear about the murder investigation that led him to board a boat for several days off. Read more

President Trump and Michael Cohen: advice privilege and the ‘iniquity exemption’

Advice privilege and Mr Trump’s hush money The Guardian reported on 22 August 2018 of President Trump’s lawyer: ‘Michael Cohen, his long-time lawyer and ‘fixer’, pleaded guilty to eight charges including campaign finance violations and directly implicated Trump in paying ‘hush money’ to women with whom he allegedly had affairs.’ Where does that leave the long-standing rule:. Read more

Kaine Agary on human trafficking: the victims and survivors in focus

Kaine Agary on human trafficking: the victims and survivors in focus

In March 2012, an amateur video surfaced on the internet showing a woman being dragged by two men into a waiting car. That woman was Alem Dechasa, a 33-year-old Ethiopian domestic worker in Lebanon. The location was the Ethiopian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. She had escaped her employers and hoped to take refuge in the. Read more

Kaine Agary on the global response to human trafficking – what governments and organisations are doing

Kaine Agary on the global response to human trafficking – what governments and organisations are doing

To understand the depth of the problem of human trafficking requires accurate data showing the incidences of trafficking, from recruitment to transit and eventual destination. Unfortunately, because of the secrecy around human trafficking and the disempowerment of the victims, it is difficult to get accurate data. Despite the lack of data, it is undeniable that. Read more

Kaine Agary on human trafficking laws and legal challenges

Kaine Agary on human trafficking laws and legal challenges

Slavery, exploitation and involuntary servitude are issues that have plagued humanity for centuries. In the last century at least, there has been a global recognition of the negative consequences to society of such exploitation of persons and a plethora of international conventions have been adopted to address the problem. One of the first international treaties. Read more

Kaine Agary on human trafficking in Nigeria

Kaine Agary on human trafficking in Nigeria

Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, harbouring and receipt of persons usually for illicit purposes. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recognises that human trafficking occurs both domestically and across national borders. Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines ‘Trafficking in Persons’ as: ‘the recruitment,. Read more

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