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European Court of Human Rights held that there is a right to access to information to allow individual to exercise right to freedom of expression

Magyar Helsinki Bizottsag v Hungary (application no. 18030/11)

On the 8th November 2016, the European Court of Human Rights held that there is a right to public access to information where access to the information is instrumental to the individual’s exercise of their right to freedom of expression.


The High Court of Northern Ireland has dismissed the Brexit challenge

McCord’s (Raymond) Application [2016] NIQB 85

On the 28th October 2016 Mr. Justice Maguire, sitting in the High Court of Belfast, dismissed two judicial review challenges in Northern Ireland to the manner in which the government intends to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union to trigger the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

Northern Ireland High Court

Court of Appeal rules that Ashers Bakery directly discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation

Lee v McArthur and Ashers Baking Co. Ltd (Court of Appeal)

On 24th October 2016, the Court of Appeal found that Ashers Baking Company had directly discriminated against the respondent on grounds of sexual orientation, and religious and political belief, by refusing to fulfil his order for a cake in support of marriage equality.

Discrimination, LGBT

CJEU rules that people smugglers can be prosecuted after immigrants have later gained EU citizenship because home country joins EU

Paoletti and Others (Judgment) [2016] EUECJ C-218/15

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that people smugglers may still be prosecuted after illegal immigrants have since gained EU citizenship due to their country of origin being granted EU membership.

Criminal Law, Immigration & Asylum

Fifa legally challenged over treatment of migrant workers in Qatar

Fifa faces legal action in the Swiss Courts as a result of its vote in December 2010 to hold the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, due to the plight of migrant workers. 

Employment Law, Other Public Interest Cases

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