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An Initial Reaction to the Commission on a Bill of Rights Final Report

An Initial Reaction to the Commission on a Bill of Rights Final Report

David Feldman, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge and former Legal Adviser to the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Human Rights pens his preliminary thoughts on the final report released by the Commission on a Bill of Rights.  Having skimmed superficially over the report of the Commission, I am encouraged [...]

Redfearn v United Kingdom and an Integrated Approach to Labour Rights

Redfearn v United Kingdom and an Integrated Approach to Labour Rights

Following on from Alan Bogg’s analysis of Redfearn v United Kingdom, this post by Anjoli Maheswaran Foster focuses on a different aspect of the case- the ‘integrated approach’ to social labour rights that has been adopted by the European Court of Human Rights.  In recent years, the Strasbourg Court has made use of an ‘integrated approach’ [...]

A prelude to Fisher v Texas from the US Court of Appeal Sixth Circuit?

A prelude to Fisher v Texas from the US Court of Appeal Sixth Circuit?

In the latest contribution to our affirmative action themed series of post, Karl Laird looks at a recent decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that may be indicative of how the cards could fall in Fisher v Texas, currently reserved by the US Supreme Court.  In Coalition To Defend Affirmative Action [...]

The Ironies of Gay Divorce in Israel

The Ironies of Gay Divorce in Israel

By Dr Amir Paz-Fuchs It is a rare occasion that decisions by Family Courts in Israel receive front page headlines, as well as media attention abroad. But such an occasion materialized last week when a Ramat Gan Family Court approved a divorce between two gay men, Prof. Uzi Even and Dr. Amit Kama. To understand why [...]

Redfearn v United Kingdom: Hard Case Makes Good Law- Part 2

Redfearn v United Kingdom: Hard Case Makes Good Law- Part 2

In Redfearn v United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that the UK was under a positive obligation to enact legislation to protect employees from dismissal on the grounds of their political affiliations. In his previous post, Alan Bogg, outlined the facts and key findings.  In this post he considers some of [...]

Release of the Commission on a Bill of Rights Final Report

The Commission on a Bill of Rights released its final report today.  The Report is available on the Commission’s website. The British Academy’s response to the report is available here. Of interest too is the Minority Report issued by two commissioners, Philippe Sands and Helena Kennedy.  The Minority Report includes a reference to Professor John [...]

Redfearn v United Kingdom: Hard Case Makes Good Law-Part 1

Redfearn v United Kingdom: Hard Case Makes Good Law-Part 1

On 6 November 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) handed down judgment in Redfearn v United Kingdom. In a two-part post, Alan Bogg argues that the ECtHR reached the correct decision and considers the implications of this judgment. Mr Redfearn stood as councillor for the British National Party (BNP). At the relevant time [...]

Book Review: Laurie Ackermann, Human Dignity: Lodestar for Equality in South Africa (Cape Town: Juta and Co., 2012)

Book Review: Laurie Ackermann, Human Dignity: Lodestar for Equality in South Africa (Cape Town: Juta and Co., 2012)

Laurie Ackermann   “Human Dignity: Lodestar for Equality in South Africa” (Cape Town: Juta and Co., 2012) This book, by a retired Justice of the first South African Constitutional Court, provides an in-depth analysis of human dignity and its relationship to equality in South African law.  While concentrating on the South African law, it is also [...]

US Supreme Court grants certiorari in Windsor v United States – what comes next?

US Supreme Court grants certiorari in Windsor v United States – what comes next?

Following on from his previous post considering the recent US Second Circuit Court of Appeal decision to widen the category of ‘suspect class’ to include the protection of same-sex rights, Karl Laird follows the legal progress of this case and offers some context for what is now set to be a landmark US Constitutional decision. By Karl [...]

Parents’ sexual orientation and children rights– coming out in Chile and the ICHR: Atala Riffo v Chile

Parents’ sexual orientation and children rights– coming out in Chile and the ICHR: Atala Riffo v Chile

Atala Riffo e hijas vs. Chile, a case in which the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (ICHR) condemned the stigmatisation and stereotyping of homosexual parents, is one of two landmark decisions by the court this year concerning childrens rights and family life under the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR). Ms Atala’s decision to publicly [...]

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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 [...]