Morning round-up

Morning round-up: Thursday 17 December

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The morning’s top legal affairs news stories

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EU renegotiation: David Cameron in showdown with Germany and France over four-year benefit plan [The Telegraph]

Jailed MI6 informant blocked from taking case to court of human rights [The Guardian]

Lawyer who killed himself had “lost everything” [Daily Echo]

Britain is so obsessed with human rights it has forgotten about human duties [The Telegraph]

Kensington striped house owner appeals court order to repaint it [Evening Standard]

Jurisdiction tug-of-war over criminal legal aid challenges [Law Society Gazette]

Japan top court upholds law on married couples’ surnames [BBC News]

Man jailed for five years after he stalked leading criminal barrister [Kent Online]

Amal Clooney launches scholarship program for Lebanese women [Elan]

Apply now: RPC’s summer vacation scheme [Legal Cheek Hub]

“I understand the British Olympic Relay Team is similarly restricted to those who can run fast.” [Legal Cheek Comments]