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The King’s Student Law Review (KSLR) is a King’s College London publication. It is completely edited by King’s College students, and seeks to publish the very best of legal scholarship written by students at King’s and other leading law schools. The KSLR is listed in the international database HeinOnline.


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ISSUE I – 2014

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Asylum for Refusing to Fight: Charting the Development Towards the Right to Conscientious Objection, Amy F. W. Corcoran

Abstract (click to view) Conscientious objection has had a complicated history, and its legal position within both international and domestic systems remains far from concrete. This paper examines the recognition of a ‘right’ to conscientious objection within these frameworks, and notes that recent progressive developments in the international realm have increasingly supported the idea of conscientious objection as a right, rather than just a facet of freedom of conscience. The paper moves into a consideration of the state of recognition

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Recognition of English solvent Schemes of Arrangement in Germany, Arthur Swierczok

Abstract (click to view) English solvent Schemes of Arrangement under the Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 have proved to be a valid restructuring device for non-English companies. Since 2010 for example four German companies, Tele Columbus GmbH, Rodenstock GmbH, Primacom GmbH and Monier Group Services GmbH, which were all financially distressed but solvent, have restructured themselves via an English solvent Scheme of Arrangement. However, from a legal perspective, what is very remarkable in all of these three cases is the fact that the Engl

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Maximising Utility: Applying Utilitarian Theory to International Patent Law, Emma Perot

Abstract (click to view)   This article attempts to strike a balance between the need of pharmaceutical companies to stay profitable and the need of developing countries to access life-saving medicines. It is proposed that this balance can be achieved by applying a utilitarian approach to patent law, taking into consideration how best to maximise 'value' for both parties. There has been much debate on whether pharmaceuticals should be subject to patent law. The arguments for and against this protection will be examined, and it will be ar

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Ownership as Authority, Dan Fuller

Abstract (click to view) ‘Ownership is a bundle of rights.’ That maxim is often repeated and as often denied. It  has formed the central focus of debates about the meaning of ownership for decades. That focus has meant even its critics tend to define ownership in one way or another as the maximal set of entitlements a person can have in respect of others in relation to a thing. Yet this conception of ownership as a ‘maximal set’ has little analytical or normative value. A mere empirical or logical definition of it sheds little light

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Do Children Require Special Protection Under International Human Rights Law?, Fiona Orr

Abstract (click to view) Human rights are universal; this is the precedent upon which all human rights discourse is based. Yet over the years, as international human rights law has developed, the rights of certain groups have been awarded particular attention and protection. Children are a particularly interesting group as there is unprecedented and unmatched consensus from almost all states on their need for such special protection. Despite this, children’s rights advocates face the challenge of victimising children further by insisting tha

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Freedom of Speech: A Pernicious Shroud for Homophobia, Conor McCormick

Abstract (click to view) Freedom of speech/expression is a legal principle central to any democratic society. However, it is argued in this paper that, in cases which implicate the law governing homophobic communications, deference to that principle is not always a favourable approach; despite its embedment in the ideology of democracy. A case study involving Olympic diver Tom Daley is used to demonstrate how justifications based on the principle of free speech can indirectly, yet actively, oppress the queer community. The methodology used ap

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