Drowning Refugees, Migrants, and Shame at Sea: The EU’s Response: Part I Migration Asylum and Trafficking

At the special meeting of the European Council, on 23 April 2015, EU leaders agreed four priority areas of actions the Member States and the EU institutions can take together to address the crisis situation after the death of more than 750 people in the Mediterranean. The Statement of the European Council opens with the […]


The US Constitutional Status of Same-Sex Marriage – An Issue that Can No Longer be Avoided Equality and Non-Discrimination

This week the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral argument in what will no doubt be considered one of the most important civil rights cases of our generation.   In Obergefell v Hodges (there are in fact four conjoined cases) the Supreme Court confronts the constitutional issue it avoided in Perry and Windsor – does […]

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Europe and the Mediterranean Migration Asylum and Trafficking

Thirty years ago we knew that there was a demographic and economic crisis on the horizon. We knew, because the International Labour Organization and the UN Fund for Population Activities had done their homework and told us so. We knew just how many young people would be entering the work force in the developing world; […]

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OPBP Makes Submissions to REDRESS on Victim Participation in Criminal Procedures Criminal Justice| OPBP

OPBP has prepared comparative law research for REDRESS on victim participation in criminal procedures. REDRESS intends to rely on this research to develop recommendations and/or a model legal framework for victim participation in judicial mechanisms for the prosecution of international crimes. The Report analyses the law in nine different jurisdictions, providing summary conclusions separately for common law […]

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Professor Fredman Contributes to Major UN Women Report: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights Equality and Non-Discrimination

On 27 April 2015 OxHRH Director, Professor Sandra Fredman and OxHRH Deputy Directors, Meghan Campbell and Laura Hilly attended the launch of UN Women’s Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016 Report ‘Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights’ ( the ‘Report’) in London. The Report was launched by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.  The launch was followed […]


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The Shifting Nature of Work and Its Implications-Justice Michael Walton (Industrial Court of New South Wales) Socio-Economic Rights and Labour Rights

Employment is a critical feature of modern society. The nature of employment determines not only the operation of the economy and economic and business prosperity but also determines the quality of individuals’ lives. In that respect, work is both an economic transaction and central to human life and dignity. Critically, it is also an important […]