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Pay Equality: When is there a right to claim?

Pay Equality: When is there a right to claim?

By Betsan Criddle The important decision of the Supreme Court in Birmingham City Council v Abdulla establishes that a claimant who is out of time to pursue an equal pay claim in the Employment Tribunal (“ET”) may issue a claim in the civil court as of right if that claim is in time. Gender pay [...]

Spot the Differences: How Broad Can Commercial Speech Be?

Spot the Differences: How Broad Can Commercial Speech Be?

By Ilias Trispiotis In the aftermath of ‘the Innocence of Muslims’ turmoil, questions of whether and to what extent state authorities may regulate speech when it upsets public morals or religious beliefs have again come to the fore. In July 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) offered some food for thought in Mouvement Raëlien [...]

Conflict minerals disclosure and the role of corporations in the protection of human rights

Conflict minerals disclosure and the role of corporations in the protection of human rights

By Katie Allan and Kate Mitchell The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken a significant and tangible step in establishing corporate responsibility for human rights protection in conflict zones through the adoption of rules for disclosing the use of ‘conflict minerals’. Introduced by section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Financial Reform Act, [...]

Equal Inheritance Rights for Women in Botswana

Equal Inheritance Rights for Women in Botswana

  The latest decision of the Botswana High Court on inheritance rights in Edith Mmusi v Ramantele is a pivotal step for women in Botswana and Africa as a whole.  A number of African countries still have discriminatory customary law practices that effectively leave women with nothing on the death of a male family member. [...]

We Should All Participate in Articulating the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The projected end date for the Millenium Development Goals is 2015.  The UN Secretary General recently appointed a High Level Panel to advise him on creating a vision for a post-2015 development agenda that incorporates economic growth, social equality, and environmental sustainability.   The Panel has a choice. It could be cautious and merely propose [...]

The UK’s Human Rights ‘Report Card’

The UK’s Human Rights ‘Report Card’

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) – the review of each UN member state’s human rights record – is a comparatively new process that has recently embarked upon its second cycle. With 100% participation of member states in its first cycle, expectations for the second cycle are justifiably high. [...]

The More, the Murkier: Of Several Draft Laws on Disability in India

The More, the Murkier: Of Several Draft Laws on Disability in India

India has finally been taken over by the wave of legislative engagement with the rights of persons with disabilities (PwDs), several years after ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2007. This has resulted in three concrete proposals. The first, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2011 [...]

OxHRH Seminar Series: Philip Alston and Gráinne De Búrca

OxHRH Seminar Series: Philip Alston and Gráinne De Búrca

The Oxford Human Rights Hub’s Autumn seminar series kicks off today.  Philip Alston speaks at 13:00 in the Oxford Law Faculty ‘Cube’ on the ‘The Progress Narrative in the New Historiography of the International Human Rights Regime’.  Gráinne De Búrca is presenting at 5pm in the Law Faculty SCR on ‘The European Court of Justice’s treatment [...]

When is a UK Bill of Rights not a UK Bill of Rights?

The recently published Human Rights and the UK Constitution* by Colm O’Cinneide is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what’s at stake in the current UK Bill of Rights debate (see the summary published on this blog last week). Such scholarship is especially important given the confusion surrounding the work of the government-appointed [...]

A Quick Overview

Blog posts have been coming in thick and fast over the last month. To help you get up to speed, the editorial team has put together a quick summary of some of the major themes. Justice Verma Committee on Indian sexual violence laws The Justice Verma Committee submitted its report on the reform of India’s [...]