What could trigger the never-ending adjustment of grip?

Political institutions often delegate authority to regulatory bodies to reap the benefits of their expertise. Yet, this delegation comes with challenges of its own. In this article Kirill discusses two modes of action that politicians can pursue when dealing with regulatory bureaucracies, arguing that balancing regulatory discretion with accountability could “trigger the never-ending adjustment of grips”

The ‘American Dream’ vs. The ‘American Reality’: The Fight for Civil Rights – Immigrants

The last piece of this three-part series focuses on the mistreatment and detainment of immigrants in the United States. The ‘American Dream’ is founded on principles of providing opportunities for a better lifestyle, yet under the Trump administration, tens of thousands of migrants are detained and mistreated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

We didn’t consent to murder: how the ‘rough sex defence’ authorised violence against women

The rough sex defence – ‘Despite the continuing movement surrounding women’s sexual liberation, and the increasing awareness and acceptance of different sexual practices, abuse against women is still a prevalent issue’. In this article, the author suggests that the fact that ‘the tabloids plastered Grace Millaine’s (a British backpacker murdered in Auckland in 2018) sexual preferences over their headlines throughout her trial, attempting to ruin her reputation and integrity’ is indicative of a society that somewhat blames female victims of consensual violence during sex for their deaths, and that changes in social attitudes in addition to legislative progress is needed.

How justice in a pandemic could disproportionately affect the BAME community

In his second legal piece, the author notes that ‘the inconvenience of a nationwide lockdown is just the latest chapter in a long saga of misfortune that the criminal justice system has endured’. With the idea of ‘juryless trials’ being floated to speed up the delivery of justice in over 500,000 cases, he highlights how ‘the experiences of a predominantly white judiciary differ greatly from the BAME community’, and why the proposal ultimately causes more problems than it solves.

‘Celebrity’ whistleblowers and the issue of accountability

Does the media portrayal of intelligence whistleblowers hinder our ability to hold democratic governments to account? In the author’s opinion ‘the information they attempt to expose becomes an afterthought, if it isn’t overlooked entirely’ as media coverage is predominantly focused on ‘the curation of a public persona’ of the whistleblower, diverting much-needed attention away from evidence of illegal or improper conduct.