Sharia in England and Wales: report of the independent review

The Home Office has today published the report of the independent review chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui into the application by sharia councils in England and Wales of sharia law. In brief, the report makes three recommendations: for legislative change, for awareness campaigns and for regulation.

1. Legislative change Continue reading

Advertising and public morals: Sekmadienis

In Sekmadienis Ltd v Lithuania [2018] ECHR 112, the applicant company complained about being fined for advertising clothes using references to Jesus and Mary.

Background

In late 2012 the company ran a campaign advertising its clothes which used a male and female model with halos, the man in jeans and with tattoos and the woman in a white dress and a string of beads. The ads were followed by the captions, “Jesus, what trousers!”, “Dear Mary, what a dress!” and “Jesus and Mary, what are you wearing!”. Continue reading