The Fair Housing Act in the Trump Era: A Proposed Agency Rule Will Seriously Dilute Disparate-Impact Liability Equality and Non-Discrimination

Galvanized by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968, the U.S. Congress adopted the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to outlaw discriminatory practices in the sale, rental, and financing of housing. From the outset, lower courts and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the executive-branch regulatory agency charged with implementing the statute, […]


Blurred Lines: When Free Speech Becomes Hate Speech Freedom of Expression

On the 27th of August 2019, the South African Constitutional Court (Court) heard its first substantive hate speech case in relation to statements made by Bongani Masuku, as Head of International Relations for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) against the South African Jewish community. Mr Masuku made the following statements online with […]

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Police Use of Automated Facial Recognition Technology: an Emerging Challenge for Human Rights Criminal Justice

Earlier this week, the High Court at Cardiff held that police use of automated facial recognition technology (AFR) is lawful. This is the first time that any court in the world has considered the issue. And it won’t be the last, as Edward Bridges, the claimant, has already announced that he will appeal the decision. […]

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**NEW** U of OxHRH J Article-‘Any Act, Any Harm, To Anyone: The Transformative Potential of “Human Rights Impacts” Under the UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights’

David Birchall, ‘Any Act, Any Harm, To Anyone: The Transformative Potential of “Human rights Impacts” Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ (2019) U of OxHRH J 120 Abstract The concept of ‘adverse human rights impacts’ introduced by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is frequently used in institutional, […]


New book: ‘Positive Freedom and the Law’ by Kim Treiger-Bar-Am

Freedom is not only a right to be left alone. The book explores how Kantian philosophy and Jewish thought instead give rise to a concept of positive freedom, whereby freedom is inextricably linked to theobligation to respect the autonomy and dignity of others. While individualism fosters detachments, positive freedom fosters relations. In law, duties are […]


2019 Oxford Legal Walk Access to Justice

The Oxford Human Rights Hub will be participating in the Oxford Legal Walk this year! Join us walking on September 30, 2019, and make a donation to support legal aid. This 10k sponsored walk supports advice charities in Oxford; together, teams in the 2018 Walk raised over £15,000 for their community. Bob Nightingale, founder of LLST, […]


OxHRH, ‘Gender Sensitive Parliaments’ (2019) Submission to Women and Equalities Committee