The Impact of Fees in the Tribunal Access to Justice

Fees for bringing claims in the employment tribunal were introduced in August 2013. Since then, the Ministry of Justice’s statistics have revealed a huge decline in the number of claims. The latest statistics, available here, continue the depressing trend of early figures, and undermine any argument that the earlier statistics were unreliable. A comparison of claims […]


Where will the US go after Kiobel? Access to Justice

Last year, the landmark US Supreme Court decision of Kiobel held that the presumption against extraterritorial application of US law applies to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) (see previous OxHRH posts here). This was significant as the ATS potentially opens US federal courts to claims by non-US citizens harmed by violations of “the law of […]

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Hounga v Allen: Trojan Horse Comes to the Rescue of ‘Illegal’ Migrants Migration Asylum and Trafficking

In Hounga v Allen [2014] UKSC 47 the Supreme Court took the opportunity to overrule one of the most controversial Court of Appeal decisions on employment rights in recent times, where the Court of Appeal held that the doctrine of illegality barred the race discrimination claim of a trafficked migrant worker, Ms Hounga. (See previous […]

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Another Successful Year for OLA OLA

Oxford Legal Assistance (OLA) has continued to flourish this year and continues to attract consistently high levels of interest from undergraduate law students, as in previous years. OLA has operated three pro bono projects this year, working in partnership with  a local law firm, Turpin and Miller LLP, the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and Bail […]

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Video Launch: Women and Poverty, A Human Rights Perspective Equality and Non-Discrimination

In April 2014, the Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) with funding from The Law Foundation, in partnership with The Oxford Martin School programme on Human Rights for Future Generations, the University of Cape Town and with support from Oxford alum, the Chief Justice of Rwanda, Hon Sam Rugege hosted a global conference on women in poverty in […]


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Recent British Court Decisions on the Death Penalty: Letting the British Government off the Noose? -Reader Jon Yorke (BCU) Criminal Justice

Recent British court decisions have considered the UK export of chemical substances used for lethal injection in the United States, the FCO blanket ban on providing financial assistance for British nationals facing the death penalty abroad, and the acquiescence of British security services in apprehending terrorist suspects in foreign jurisdictions who will face capital charges. […]