Racial Discrimination Act and Free Speech– Carte Blanche or Fair and Reasonable – Where are Human Rights in all This? Media Privacy and Communications

Professor George Williams has noted ‘the fact that freedom of speech receives no general protection in Australian law is not of itself and argument for introducing such protection’. Unlike in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and New Zealand there is no such right at a national level in Australia. There is a limited […]


Recognising Travellers’ Needs: The Courts Begin to Move Equality and Non-Discrimination

Are courts beginning to recognize the duty of equality law to respect and protect the rights of minorities to be different?   A recent important High Court decision in Moore & Coates v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Equality & Human Rights Commission intervening) [2015] EWHC 44 (Admin), suggests that they may. Research […]

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The Geography of International Law and the Cyber Domain Conflict and Security

The geographical scope of the law of armed conflict (LOAC) has engaged the interest of IHL experts for some years dividing opinion as to whether the reach of the law is determined by the territorial border, the location of the parties to the conflict, or restricted to the site of the hostilities. This is more […]

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OPBP makes Submission to House of Commons Committee on the Human Rights of Non-nationals under ‘A New Magna Carta’ Constitutions Institutions and Nation Building

On 1 January 2015, Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) made a submission to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee of the House of Commons in response to its consultation on ‘A New Magna Carta?’, a report considering the possibility of codifying the UK Constitution, and the potential contents of such a reformed Constitution. OPBP’s submission […]

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OxHRH Welcomes Max Harris as an Associate Director

The Oxford Human Rights Hub is delighted to announce that Max Harris will be joining the team as an Associate Director. Max Harris is an Examination Fellow at All Souls College, a researcher for Free Speech Debate, and a freelance writer.  His primary research interests are in constitutional law, criminal law, and the state of […]


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Is a Business and Human Rights Treaty Necessary?-Prof David Bilchitz (University of Johannesburg) Resources and Environment

In June 2014, the Human Rights Council passed a resolution whereby countries agreed to commence discussions on a legally binding instrument relating to transnational corporations and other business enterprises. In this paper, I outline four arguments for why a treaty is necessary to cureimportant lacunae in international law in this field. The arguments all are […]