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Environmental Human Rights in the Trump Era: Modes of Resistance and Reform

The ecological ramifications of the Trump administration may well prove catastrophic. Climate change denial and problematic fossil fuel positions featured prominently in the President’s campaign; post-election, far-right nominations and policy stances have seemingly confirmed the administration’s dire trajectory. Thus, environmental human rights—i.e., normative guarantees inter alia to clean water and air—are imperiled in the U.S., […]

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Donald Trump is President: What are the Implications for the Death Penalty?

Prior to the election of Donald Trump, death penalty abolitionists were quietly confident that capital punishment was nearing its inevitable end in the United States. The number of executions has been falling year-on-year; in 2015 the US executed 28 people, a relatively low number when compared with the 60 executions which took place in 2005. […]

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Access to information in order to speak freely: Is this a right under the European Convention?

If access to government information is “necessary” for you to investigate and communicate about matters of “obvious public interest”, you may have a right to that information, according to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.  In a much-anticipated judgment, the Grand Chamber has found that the right to freedom of expression […]

Pro Bono

Work of Oxford Pro Bono Publico Receives Supreme Court Backing in Recent Belhaj Case

On 17 January 2017, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in Belhaj v Jack Straw & Sir Mark Allen and Rahmatullah (No 1) v Ministry of Defence. The judgment made positive reference to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. which had worked closely with Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) on the relevant point […]

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New Publication: Arguments About Abortion: Personhood, Morality and Law-Kate Greasley (UCL)

Does the morality of abortion depend on the moral status of the human fetus? Must the law of abortion presume an answer to the question of when personhood begins? Can a law which permits late abortion but not infanticide be morally justified? These are just some of the questions this book sets out to address. […]

Events

A Conversation on Brexit’s Impact on Human Rights-Alison Young and Paul Craig (Oxford)

Brexit and the recent High Court decision in Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union have raised many challenging questions on the powers of the executive, the principal of Parliament sovereignty and the future  of human rights in the UK. For instance, is Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty irrevocable? What would it mean […]

Publications

Democratic Dialogue and The Constitution - Alison Young (Oxford)