The Irish Abortion Referendum: An Opportunity for Change

Today, the Irish people will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution which prohibits access to abortion in nearly all circumstances. If a majority votes in favour of the proposal, then the 8th Amendment will be replaced with an enabling clause which […]


Failing to Prioritise Religious Burials in London: Equal Treatment or Equality?

In R (ota Adath Yisroel Burial Society) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner North London [2018] EWHC 969, the High Court had to consider an application from an orthodox Jewish burial society which took issue with the policy of the North London coroner which was not to prioritise deaths from the Jewish and Islamic communities […]

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The Indian Supreme Court Takes a Stand Against Honour Crimes

Despite India’s liberal and secular commitments, honour killing has remained a social reality. A report by the National Crime Records Bureau records at least 288 cases of such violence in the period 2014-2016. Against this background, the Supreme Court of India, on 28th March 2018, passed a landmark judgment in Shakti Vahini v. Union of […]

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New OPBP Committee

Rishika Sahgal (Chair) Rishika is a candidate for the MPhil in Law at Magdalen College. She came to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar from India and completed her BCL with distinction. Prior to the BCL, Rishika clerked with the Chief Justice of India. She obtained her undergraduate degree in law from National Law University Delhi, […]


Congratulations to OxHRH Research Director Helen Taylor on Vice Chancellor’s Award

Congratulations to OxHRH Research Director, Helen Taylor, on her award from the Vice-Chancellor’s Fund! This highly competitive scheme supports students in the final stages of their DPhil, and was established through donations by members of the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors in honour of three Vice-Chancellors, Lord Neill of Bladen, Sir Richard Southwood and Sir Peter […]


Affirmative Action and the Sustainable Development Goal of Gender Equality

International Conference on Affirmative Action and the Sustainable Development Goal of Gender Equality 22nd- 23rd September, 2018 Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli in collaboration with Oxford Human Rights Hub, Oxford University, United Kingdom Call for Papers On 2015 the United Nations adopted a resolution which laid down 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for […]


Learner Pregnancy in Schools (Submission to Equal Education Law Centre, 2018)