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Tongue splitting: one of the procedures the defendant was convicted for. Shutterstock

Body modification – when consent is not a defence

A body modification practitioner has been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent – even though he had the consent of the 'victims'.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a 2014 press conference in Bahrain. AP/Hasan Jamali

Why Jamal Khashoggi’s murder took place in a consulate

Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder happened at a consulate, a space not subject to the laws of the host country, Turkey. That means the alleged murderers did not fear interference by local authorities.
To avoid miscarriages of justice, we need a jury direction process that leads to maximum juror understanding. Shutterstock

We need better jury directions to ensure justice is done

Because judges have a secondary audience when issuing jury directions - appeal court judges - the language used has become too wordy and confusing. It needs to change.
Gareth Lee outside the Supreme Court in London, as five justices at the UK’s highest court unanimously ruled that the Christian owners of a bakery did not discriminate against the gay rights activist on the ground of sexual orientation. PA Images

Same-sex wedding cake: the Supreme Court’s Lee v. Ashers ruling explained

What a cake can tell us about the law's view of homosexuality, religion, freedom of expression and the value of civic equality
Activists demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court to protest the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Why the Kavanaugh hearings were a show trial gone bad

The bitterly contested hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the newest justice to the U.S. Supreme Court were more of a show trial than a legal procedure.

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