Ahmad Thomson - Wynne Chambers

"And earthly power doth then show likest God's   
When mercy seasons justice."   
(William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice)    
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Wynne Chambers has been at the forefront in indicating, in as realistic and as constructive a manner as possible, where legal reform is most required, in relation to both criminal and civil law and particularly in the context of people's religious human rights:

   Criminal Law:

Representations were made in October 2002 to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences regarding the creation of a new offence of incitement to religious discrimination and the amendment of the existing law of blasphemy so that it would apply to all bona fide religions, including Islam, and not just Christianity:

DateTitleFormat
October 2002 Submissions made to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences.
October 2002 Oral Submissions made to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences (1)
October 2002 Oral Submissions made to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences (2)
October 2002 Oral Submissions made to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences (3)
October 2002 Oral Submissions made to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences (4)
October 2002 Further Submissions made to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences.
December 2003 The Select Committee's Report and the Home Office's Response.
 
   Civil Law:

Up until the 2nd December 2003, there was no legal protection from or compensation for discrimination on the grounds of religion. As regards religious discrimination in the work place, the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 now offer some protection. In every other sphere of life, discrimination on the grounds of religion, remains legally permitted, officially condoned and existentially practised, especially in the media, however morally reprehensible this may be. The following articles and papers have been concerned with introducing a little justice into this unacceptable state of affairs:

DateTitleFormat
October 2013 An Insight into Shari’a Councils
Paper prepared for Law Society Family Law Section annual conference held at the Law Society, London on 29 October 2013
May 2011 Britain's Religious Courts: Marriage, Divorce and Civil Law
Response delivered at Cardiff University Centre for Law and Religion

( http://www.law.cf.ac.uk/clr/research/cohesion.html ) on 18 May 2011
September 2005 Applying Islamic Fiqh in UK Arbitration Law.
Paper prepared for the Arbitration Conference held at the Regents Park Mosque on 11 September 2005
February 2004 Briefing on the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003.
July 2002 Recommendations for the Forthcoming Religious Discrimination Legislation.
AML Conference on Religious Discrimination
June 2000 Copy of speech prepared for Lord Ahmed Nazir of Rotherham.
Adapted slightly and delivered on 7th June 2000 - see House of Lords Hansard, Vol. 613, No. 99, pp.1189-1193
December 1999 Religious Discrimination and the Law.
Paper prepared for Commission on British Muslims Seminar 0n Religious Discrimination
 
   Human Rights:

It has been asserted that the Human Rights Act 1998 purports to have brought human rights home. Until these rights have been secured, however - by providing adequate remedies where they have been violated (including adequate compensation when loss or injury has been sustained as a result of such violations) - they remain no more than empty promises, no matter how eloquently and sincerely they have been phrased. The following articles and papers have been concerned with translating theory into practice:

DateTitleFormat
July 2008 Shari’a and English Law
Paper prepared for the Shari'a: a Way of Life Conference held at the Regents Park Mosque on 20th July 2008
May 2007 Thinking Outside the Box: the Shari'a of Islam
including recent proposals made to the Law Commission
First published on the internet by the Association of Muslim Lawyers in April 2007
January 2007 Islamic Law for Family Lawyers
First published on the internet by Family Law Week in January 2007
September 2006 Accommodating the Islamic Dissolution of Marriage within English Law.
Paper prepared for the Dissolution of Marriage Conference held at the Regents Park Mosque on 10th September 2006
March 2004 Muslims in Europe and Human Rights.
Paper prepared for Union of Muslim Organisations of UK & Eire 31st Winter Conference
February 2004 Incorporating Muslim Personal Law into UK Domestic Law.
Paper prepared for Association of Muslim Social Scientists 5th Annual Conference, on Fiqh Today
March 2004 Speaking of Legalities.
published in Q-News, Mar 2004, Muharram 1425, No. 354
January 2002 Wearing Hijab - Opinion.

 
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