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Local Judicial Review - Humanist Marriages

Permission granted to humanist marriage challenge


On 10th May 2017 the High Court granted permission to Laura Lacole’s challenge to have her forthcoming humanist marriage legally recognised. 


Freedom of Thought, Conscience & Religion, Northern Ireland High Court, Religious Law

Local Judicial Review - Police Ombudsman


Systemic underfunding of Police Ombudsman impeding investigation of complaints


Bell’s (Patricia) Application [2017] NIQB 38


Mr Justice Maguire has ruled that persistent government underfunding of the Police Ombudsman’s office is impeding investigations of complaints against police within a reasonable time. 

Local Developments

Depriving a suspected terrorist of his citizenship is ruled lawful under ECHR

K2 v the United Kingdom (application no. 42387/13)

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) unanimously declared inadmissible, an application that decisions to deprive the applicant of British citizenship and exclude him from the UK, violated his rights under Articles 8 and 14 of the Convention.


Website editor not liable for publishing sexual allegations against political candidate

Olafsson v Iceland [2017] ECHR 259

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that the Icelandic courts were wrong to hold a website editor liable for publishing allegations made by two sisters that a relative, who was standing for election, had sexually abused them when they were children.

Dafamation, Media

Employers are entitled to ban the Islamic headscarf in the workplace

Case C-157/15 and Case C – 188/15

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that employers are entitled to ban religious symbols in the workplace, including the Islamic headscarf.

Discrimination, Employment Law

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