Dr Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testify in a combination photograph during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, on Thursday. Photographs: Win McNamee and Jim Bourg

Senior representatives of the legal profession have urged the US Senate to delay a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the supreme court, followin(...)

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr Christine Blasey Ford during their testimony in Washington. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

A Republican-led committee approved US president Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the supreme court on Friday by 11 votes to 10. Howev(...)

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager: last year’s record EU ruling against Apple’s tax arrangements with Ireland loomed large over her US  visit. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has used her first visit to the United States following the inauguration of Donald Trump to defend the (...)

Wang Yu: recognised for her “substantial contributions in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties in China. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Human rights defenders have stepped up their pressure on President Xi Jinping to release lawyers and activists still held exactly one year after the s(...)

Síofra O’Leary  Judge, European Court of Human Rights Síofra O’Leary is an Irish lawyer who was appointed a judge at the European Court of Hum(...)

Pascal Saint-Amans: director of the OECD

The Global Tax Policy Conference has a stellar line up of speakers, including what might be described as the world tax triumvirate: OECD’s Pascal Sai(...)

William Hubbard, president of the American Bar Association photographed in the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The American legal system is going through a significant shift – and lawyers who don’t believe it are in for a shock, according to the president of th(...)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, talk as they attend a service to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta at Runnymede near Windsor, west of London. Photograph: Steve Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

The Magna Carta’s symbolic role as the touchstone for human rights and modern democracy was celebrated by one of Britain’s leading judges as the count(...)

Its costs are high and opaque. While other sectors have undergone huge changes, its essential structure looks much like it did a century ago. It’s one(...)

US attorney general Eric Holder: “Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no good law enforcement reason.” Photograph: Mark Makela/Reuters

In a major shift in criminal justice policy, the Obama administration has moved to ease overcrowding in federal prisons by ordering prosecutors not to(...)

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