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Unkind Cuts: UK Refugee Lawyers Cite Grave Concerns over Impending Legal Aid Restrictions

Unkind Cuts: UK Refugee Lawyers Cite Grave Concerns over Impending Legal Aid Restrictions

By Stephen Meili Following on from Jo Renshaw’s piece on this blog about the impact of the legal aid cuts on immigration, Stephen Meili presents an insight into lawyers’ perceptions of these cuts on asylum claims. As part of my current research project on the circumstances under which international human rights treaties help – or [...]

The Universality of Human Rights Norms: Why the UK should stay with Strasbourg

The Universality of Human Rights Norms: Why the UK should stay with Strasbourg

The view is often heard in discussions in anticipation of the report of the Commission on a British Bill of Rights that, while people can see the value of a human rights regime, they object to the present structure because the Convention, and the Court, are ‘European’. In this short comment, I leave aside the [...]

James, Wells and Lee v UK: Indefinite Detention and Arbitrary Deprivations of Liberty

James, Wells and Lee v UK: Indefinite Detention and Arbitrary Deprivations of Liberty

More than 6000 UK prisoners are currently subject to indefinite detention without means of progressing towards parole. In James, Wells and Lee v UK the European Court of Human Rights held that prisoners serving indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) were arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in violation of Article 5(1) ECHR. Under [...]

Fisher v University of Texas: What the Judges Asked

Fisher v University of Texas: What the Judges Asked

The third installment in our affirmative action series looks at the oral arguments presented and questions asked by the bench in Fisher v University of Texas.   In this post Claire Overman takes a closer look at the transcript from the oral hearing. In anticipation of the Court’s decision, this post takes a closer look at the transcript [...]

Fisher v University of Texas: What the Parties Submitted

Fisher v University of Texas: What the Parties Submitted

The second and third posts in our affirmative action series will take a closer look at the submissions and oral arguments presented to the US Supreme Court in the landmark affirmative action case of Fisher v University of Texas.   In this post Claire Overman takes a closer look at the parties’ submissions to the Court. Last month, [...]

Affirmative Action versus Equality in Malaysia

Affirmative Action versus Equality in Malaysia

By Dr Dimitrina Petrova The Bumiputera (Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak) continue to benefit from decades-old affirmative action policies that have outlived their legitimacy. Article 153 of the Federal Constitution, continuing a system of ethnic privileges established by British colonial rule, requires the King of Malaysia to safeguard the special position of the [...]

Affirmative Action Themed Posts

Affirmative Action Themed Posts

Over the next two weeks, in addition to our regular blog posts, the OxHRH will run a special themed series on affirmative action.  We are excited to present contributions from network participants around the globe, focusing on this often controversial topic.  Enjoy! Our first contribution is from Dr Dimitrina Petrova, Executive Director of the The Equal Rights Trust on [...]

Hits and Misses in Proposed Australian Anti-Discrimination Law

Hits and Misses in Proposed Australian Anti-Discrimination Law

By Dominique Allen On November 20, 2012 the Australian government released its long-awaited Bill which combines the five federal anti-discrimination Acts into one streamlined Act and improves existing protections. The Bill is the result of a public consultation a year ago that stemmed from the 2009 human rights consultation which failed to result in a [...]

The Quick and the Dead in Britain’s Global Future

The Quick and the Dead in Britain’s Global Future

By Helen Mountfield QC David Cameron told the CBI on 19 November 2012 that he ‘got’ the need for changes of attitude in government, which he claimed were needed to strengthen Britain in a “global race”, in which “you are either quick or you’re dead”.  The detail of his proposals have serious ramifications for those [...]

OSCE Special Representative Maria Grazia Giammarinaro on the Role of Discrimination in Human Trafficking

OSCE Special Representative Maria Grazia Giammarinaro on the Role of Discrimination in Human Trafficking

By Maria Grazia Giammarinaro Human trafficking is a gross violation of human rights that occurs on a massive scale as vulnerable groups such as migrant workers are exploited by criminal groups. According to 2012 estimates by the International Labour Organization (ILO) 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour globally, though the organization stresses that [...]

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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 [...]