Recent Developments in the UN Human Rights Council: Traditional Values and Women’s Right to Equality in the Family Relationship Rights

In recent years at the United Nation’s Human Right’s Council (UNHRC) an ideological challenge has been directed against the universality of international human rights by a strong religious lobby. Religions themselves have, in the human rights era, self-identified as the core of resistance to universal human rights and, in particular, to women’s right to equality […]


United States Labor Relations Board Cowardly Punts its Duties Socio-Economic Rights and Labour Rights

Earlier this month, the United States witnessed a major setback for freedom of association. The National Labor Relations Board (the Board)– the U.S. agency charged with “encouraging the practice and procedure of collective bargaining” – issued its long-awaited decision in the Northwestern University case, in which it declined to fulfill its obligations under the National […]

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High Court in Belfast Finds the Northern Irish Executive Failed its Statutory Duty to Adopt a ‘Strategy’ to Tackle Poverty Based on ‘Objective Need’ Equality and Non-Discrimination

On 30 June 2015 the High Court in Belfast ruled [2015] NIQB 59 that the Northern Irish Executive failed its statutory duty to adopt an identifiable strategy setting out how it proposes to tackle poverty, social exclusion and patterns of deprivation based on ‘objective need’. This is a country where sectarian divisions still bleed across […]

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REDRESS Publishes Report on Victim Participation in Domestic Proceedings with OPBP’s Assistance Criminal Justice

Human rights NGO REDRESS has published a new report on victim participation in criminal proceedings relating to international crimes (‘the Report’). This is a comprehensive document juxtaposing the victim’s right to participate in such proceedings across 22 different jurisdictions. Research for this project was conducted in two phases. The first phase involved desk-based research of […]

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OPBP Volunteer Wins Human Rights Essay Prize

Oxford Pro Bono Group fundee Michael Rhimes has won the essay competition run by UK human rights charity René Cassin. The competition asked the topical question – ‘Religion and human rights – compatible or conflicting?’ Entrants were judged by Daniel Finkelstein, Associate Editor of The Times. Of Michael’s essay, Daniel said: “Michael Rhimes had an extremely original and […]


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Two Models of Normative Framework for Human Rights during Emergencies- James Nickel (University of Miami) Conflict and Security

This lecture seeks to stimulate new thinking about emergency frameworks for human rights. It suggests that the frameworks in contemporary human rights treaties are early efforts with many shortcomings.  Two models of emergency frameworks are explored.  Both are ideal types.  The first model insists on the importance of naming and using types of emergencies (such […]