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#YLALVirtual 28 April 2021 - Protecting human rights in an age of authoritarianism

At our #YLALVirtual on Wednesday 28 April at 6.30pm, our incredible expert panel (featuring Shami Chakrabarti, Michael Mansfield QC, Chai Patel, Katy Watts and Audrey Cherryl Mogan) discussed the issues and impact of legislative policy seen in the debates on:

 

  • the genocide amendment to the Trade Bill;
  • the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act 2021;
  • the Government's New Plan for Immigration; and
  • the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Some of our excellent YLAL volunteers also produced fact sheets on each of the items (combined reading time approx. 20 minutes). We are grateful to Luned Jewell, Anuya Pai, Wing S. Ng and Samantha Orenstein for their work on these. In addition, the team at Liberty has kindly allowed us to share its briefing on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill before second reading in the House of Commons (March 2021) which goes into additional detail.

We are grateful to Garden Court Chambers for hosting the event.

The impact of COVID-19 on students

We are grateful to YLAL member, Rachel Kelly, for writing this original content piece.

COVID-19 has had a severe impact on life as we know it. This article will explore the effect on students. From bar exams crisis to the cancellation of placements and postponement of legal careers, COVID-19 has had drastic consequences on the access to the legal profession.

Submission to the Justice Committee Inquiry on the Future of Legal Aid

 

The Justice Committee is conducting an Inquiry into the future of legal aid and launched a consultation on 7 September 2020 with the following terms of reference:

  • How LASPO has affected access to justice views on the post-implementation review and the criminal legal aid review;

  • The role of the Legal Aid Agency;

  • Recruitment and retention problems among legal aid professionals;