A Guide to the Perpetuation of Human Rights Violations: Police Violence and Impunity in Brazil Criminal Justice

Police violence in Brazil is endemic. It frequently occurs at the time of arrest and during the collection of evidence, and is embedded in the daily practice of the police institution. Police violence also results in an alarming number of extrajudicial killings—in the State of Rio de Janeiro alone, 3029 people were killed by the […]


The Missing Human Rights Impact Assessment of European Union Free Trade Agreements Constitutions Institutions and Nation Building

The European Union is pursuing a proactive policy to conclude free trade agreements with numerous countries around the world. The policy includes major trade partners of the EU such as the United States and Canada as well as emerging economies and developing countries in the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. These free trade agreements regulate many areas […]

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Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine Conflict and Security

Well over 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes due to the ongoing violence in Ukraine. We have seen two waves: the first displacement from the south of Ukraine began before the March referendum in Crimea, and the second from the east due to ongoing fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists. The […]

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Another Successful Year for OLA OLA

Oxford Legal Assistance (OLA) has continued to flourish this year and continues to attract consistently high levels of interest from undergraduate law students, as in previous years. OLA has operated three pro bono projects this year, working in partnership with  a local law firm, Turpin and Miller LLP, the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and Bail […]

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New OxHRH Monthly Newsletter

The OxHRH has launched its new-look monthly newsletter this month – click here to read! Our new newsletters, designed by South African digital brand company Gullan & Gullan, will continue to feature a selection of the month’s blog posts, as well as news, events and publications. Please get in touch at if you have any […]


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Recent British Court Decisions on the Death Penalty: Letting the British Government off the Noose? -Reader Jon Yorke (BCU) Criminal Justice

Recent British court decisions have considered the UK export of chemical substances used for lethal injection in the United States, the FCO blanket ban on providing financial assistance for British nationals facing the death penalty abroad, and the acquiescence of British security services in apprehending terrorist suspects in foreign jurisdictions who will face capital charges. […]