Aadishi’s Poetry Corner #1

Aadishi Agarwal UCL Laws Student Number 1:  A pretty painting to hide the pain in Mona Lisa’s smile, she picked up a brush, she stopped not once. A pretty painting to numb her for just a while, the blood in her veins, on her canvas runs. Blue toxicity of choking fire, it flows through her…

Arguments for a Compensated Organ Donation Scheme

Alexandra Booysen UCL Laws Student Scientific advances have made the transplant of, and therefore trade in, human organs a reality. This raises questions of ethics, law and human rights. The death of about 500 people annually in the UK because of insufficient donor organs has made these questions more pressing.[1] In practice, this debate mostly…

Privacy v Security: The sacrifices we’re all making

How the Investigatory Powers Act entrenched highly intrusive digital surveillance in the UK with barely an eyebrow raised Surya Kumaravel UCL Law Graduate It’s been a tumultuous few years in UK politics, with a lot of attention being given to the massive issues surrounding Brexit and the drama of political infighting in both major political…

A Discussion of Free Speech and Censorship on Social Media

Harmful content such as fake news, hate speech and cyberbullying is rampant on various social media platforms. What balance should the companies in question strike between censorship and the promotion of freedom of speech, and what questions underpin this dilemma? Beliz Urkmez Political Science Student at UCLA One of the many wonders that social media…

Comment on Revenge Porn Survey Results

Omar Hameed and Laila Sedgwick Co-Editors-in-Chief As part of our spotlight on revenge porn, we conducted a survey of attitudes towards and knowledge about it. We had a huge influx of responses. The definition of revenge porn In our interview with the Revenge Porn Helpline Charity, Ms Rebecca Sharp clarified what the law recognises as…

Interview: Revenge Porn Helpline

We spoke to Rebecca Sharp of the Revenge Porn Helpline (https://revengepornhelpline.org.uk/) about preventing the illegal sharing of intimate photos and what to do once it has happened. For an example of the impact this crime can have, please see our first-person experience here. The Revenge Porn Helpline Charity is the only charity in the UK…

Haverstock Series: Interview with Alketa Xhafa Mripa

Haverstock Journalism Club Haverstock is a co-educational school in Camden Town, North London. Producing political heavyweights including the likes of Ed Miliband, it is not a school that should be cantankerously dismissed. Students are engaged, well informed and mean business. This is the latest in a series of contributions from their students. The artist, Alketa…

Haverstock Series: Disability Rights – A Revolution?

Haverstock Journalism Club Haverstock is a co-educational school in Camden Town, North London. Producing political heavyweights including the likes of Ed Miliband, it is not a school that should be cantankerously dismissed. Students are engaged, well informed and mean business. This is the latest in a series of contributions from their students. ‘A revolution is…

Interview: Victoria Anderson, Big Voice London CEO

Victoria Anderson, the organisation’s CEO, is a trainee solicitor specialising in media and commercial law after completing an LLB and LLM at Exeter, graduating in 2014. We spoke to her about her career, Big Voice’s work, and the challenges facing the charity. Big Voice London is a social mobility legal charity who have worked with hundreds of…

Human Rights as Political Capital: Aung San Suu Kyi’s True Face

Neo Wei Sheng UCL Laws Student It is a truism that we are constrained by the inadequacy of words. Phrases like “ethnic cleansing” are wholly ineffectual in capturing the extent of the atrocities which have been committed against the Rohingya Muslims in Burma; for the average person, the plight of the Rohingyas is merely another…