How important is morality to intellectual property?

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi on 15 October 2015

Judges have often been adamant in asserting that their judgments and decision-making are wholly independent from principles of morality. They emphasise that their role is merely to interpret the law made by the legislature, in spite of indications in case law that principles of morality are inherently factored in to the outcome of cases. This is a trend that is particularly noticeable in the area of intellectual property. 

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Justis Irish Cases: New in this week

Posted by Melanie Davidson on 14 October 2015

Over the past week we have a number of cases from the Justis Irish Cases series uploaded onto the Justis platform. An overview of these cases can be found below:

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Does time spent travelling to work constitute work?

Posted by Invictus Chambers on 12 October 2015

Matthew Jackson, pupil barrister at Invictus Chambers, reviews a significant decision of the ECJ.

The European Court of Justice’s judgment in FSPC v Tyco C‑266/14 clarifies the position about whether time spent travelling to work constitutes “working time”. This is important when calculating rest breaks and the maximum number of hours in a working week.

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The importance of multi-jurisdictional content to legal research

Posted by Melanie Davidson on 8 October 2015

Why should I consider cases from other jurisdictions when I'm undertaking legal research? This is a question that no doubt resonates with students and others when tasked with preparing for a case, assignment or other work requiring extensive research.

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Justis Irish Cases: New in this week

Posted by Melanie Davidson on 6 October 2015

Over the past week we have had a wealth of cases heard in the Irish Employment Appeals Tribunal ("EAT") uploaded to our Justis Irish Employment Cases series on the Justis platform. An insight into the cases is provided below.

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Philosophies of Law: The place of legal positivism and natural law in legal education

Posted by Adrianna Wit on 1 October 2015

Determining the exact place which legal positivism and natural law as legal philosophies have in law can be difficult for students when first presented with these theories. Both are philosophical theories concerning the genesis of the legal systems; often being treated as rival views.

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Student Voices: JustisOne is the ideal platform for law students

Posted by Adrianna Wit on 22 September 2015

Legal research can be a real headache as a law student. When I began my internship at Justis Publishing the only platform which I had felt comfortable using was Westlaw. This was until I got a chance to experience JustisOne, a legal research platform merging the best features from the other Justis products – JustCite and Justis. JustisOne is innovating the legal research marketplace.

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Is technology paving the way for bookless law libraries?

Posted by Naomi Dawson on 17 September 2015

 The way we are using technology is an ever-evolving process. As we adapt to new releases and advancements, all the while increasing our reliance on them, their presence becomes irreplaceable. For example the Chartered Information of Library Information Professionals (CILIP) reported that in 2014 the use of mobile devices to access the internet had overtaken desktop access for the first time.

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In the News: Should the law reflect changes in society or should it act as a gatekeeper?

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi on 16 September 2015

Lord Devlin in the Wolfenden Committee argued that the law should serve a normative function in excluding social changes that are yet to become dominant public norms as perceived by society at large. This therefore combines the two views that the law should adapt to our evolving society as well as incorporating the paternalistic role of the law in being a gatekeeper.

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Undergraduate Education: Does it prepare you for life in the legal workplace?

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi on 14 September 2015

With any undergraduate education there is always a difference between theory and practice and the difficulties in transferring theoretical knowledge and adapting it to the real world. Legal education is therefore no exception.

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