Kenya Enacts Contempt of Court Act to Uphold the Right to a Fair Trial

For a long time, the law on contempt of court in Kenya was outdated and quite unsatisfactory. However, Kenya recently enacted the Contempt of Court Act, Act No 46 of 2016 (‘the Act’) to reflect and conform to Article 50 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, which contains the right to a fair hearing. The […]


Penalising Anti-Semitism in Poland: Creating “Free Speech Martyrs”?

On a November night in 2015, an effigy of a Jew was burnt in the main market square in Wrocław, Poland, as part of a protest against accepting refugees into Poland. The figure was holding the European Union’s flag. The burning was committed by Piotr Rybak, an activist known for his nationalistic and xenophobic views. […]

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The New UN General Comment And Privatisation, Part 2: Can States Entirely Privatise The Delivery Of Essential Services?

Two weeks ago, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) published the much-awaited new General Comment 24 – an authoritative interpretation of international human rights law – on “State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities”. The text includes a landmark section […]

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OPBP Report Supports Academic Scholarship

OPBP’s reports have had significant impact in court cases and now it is also having an impact on academic scholarship. OBPB has been cited in Brian Farrell’s new book, Habeus Corpus in International Law. OPBP prepared a report on the use of secret evidence in October 2011, in order to assist the Joint Committee on […]


International Course: “Human Rights as a Universal Ideal: Global Threats and Challenges”

The International Center for the Promotion of Human Rights, UNESCO Category II, presents the first edition of its International Course on Human Rights: “Human Rights as a Universal Ideal: Global Threats and Challenges”. It will take place from Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October 2017 at the historic UNESCO Observatory Villa Ocampo. Although significant progress […]


OxHRH Seminar Series Summer Hiatus

The Oxford Human Rights Hub Seminar Series is on summer hiatus and will be recommencing in October 2017. We are looking forward to bringing together another exciting seminar series for the next academic year. During the hiatus, please do check out the audio recording from our 2016-2017 seminar series: The Historical Root of the Equality […]


Barbara Havelkova, Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of State Socialism (Hart, 2017)