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Between a Crocodile and a Snake: Racism and religious intolerance in Burma

Between a Crocodile and a Snake: Racism and religious intolerance in Burma

By Benedict Rogers Benedict Rogers will be speaking in Oxford this Thursday, 2 May.  Click here for more information on the Event “Racism in Burma: Silent Persecution of the Rohingya” or here to learn more about the Oxford-Burma alliance. After fifty years of repressive military rule, Burma is just beginning to open up. In the [...]

Killer Robots in the Cross-hairs of New NGO Campaign

Killer Robots in the Cross-hairs of New NGO Campaign

By Conor Fortune It has all the trappings of a sci-fi film. A life-size, talking robot stands outside Britain’s Houses of Parliament, flanked by a ponytailed professor of robotics, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights activists who are together calling for action to stop the killer robots – before it’s too late. Only [...]

Trafficking in Human Beings and the European Court of Human Rights – In Dubio pro State?

Trafficking in Human Beings and the European Court of Human Rights – In Dubio pro State?

by Marija Jovanovic – The ECtHR in M. and Others v. Italy and Bulgaria departs from a low-threshold approach for triggering Article 4 in potential trafficking situations previously established in Ranstev v. Cyprus and Russia. This regrettable turn creates ambiguity around required state action in potential trafficking cases and allows governments to continue to downplay [...]

Rape and Reform in India: No Legal Fix for a Systemic Problem

Rape and Reform in India: No Legal Fix for a Systemic Problem

by Shishir Bail and Sudhir Krishnaswamy -  The brutal rape and mutilation of a 5-year-old girl in Delhi last week has sparked fierce protests reminiscent of the national outrage invoked by the December 2012 gang-rape of a student, also in Delhi. Very quickly political parties have joined these protests to demand swift ‘justice’. Late last year, the [...]

Animal Defenders International v UK: A Case of Fruitful Dialogue, or of Strasbourg Losing its Nerve?

Animal Defenders International v UK:  A Case of Fruitful Dialogue, or of Strasbourg Losing its Nerve?

On 22 April, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held in Animal Defenders International v UK, by a majority of  9:8, that the UK’s broadcasting ban on political advertising under the Communications Act 2003  did not violate the  free speech rights of an animal rights NGO that was refused permission to [...]

Gender-Neutral Marriage and ‘Attenuated Discrimination’: Legal Developments in France

Gender-Neutral Marriage and ‘Attenuated Discrimination’: Legal Developments in France

by Professor Daniel Borrillo- During his election campaign, French president François Hollande announced as part of his political program: I want to fight against all forms of discrimination and to make available new civil rights : I will make available to homosexual couples the rights to marriage and adoption. Following this commitment, on November 7, 2012, [...]

The Arms Trade Treaty: A Small Step Forward

The Arms Trade Treaty: A Small Step Forward

Following Dr Gilles Giacca’s post last Monday on the Arms Trade Treaty, Dr. Laurence Lustgarten argues that the Treaty is a historic accomplishment, but it has several limitations. It would be churlish not to welcome the Arms Trade Treaty. It is the first of its kind in world history: an attempt to establish universal standards [...]

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Future of Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations Committed Abroad

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Future of Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations Committed Abroad

By Kate Mitchell -  On 17 April 2013, the United States Supreme Court delivered judgment in Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum.  The Court held that the Alien Torts Statute (ATS) did not apply extraterritorially, shutting off an avenue previously embraced by human rights advocates for making corporations accountable for human rights abuses committed abroad. The [...]

Same-Sex Marriage: Bill N°344 Amidst France’s Wider Political Landscape

Same-Sex Marriage: Bill N°344 Amidst France’s Wider Political Landscape

By Delphine Rooz – On 12 April 2013, the French Senate adopted Bill n°344, which opens marriage to same-sex couples—a key issue among François Hollande’s promises during the 2012 presidential campaign. Earlier, the French Constitutional Court had ruled that the prohibition of same-sex marriage was not contrary to the Constitution. It therefore had to be addressed [...]

Animal Defenders International: Will Strasbourg open the door to political advertisements on TV?

Animal Defenders International: Will Strasbourg open the door to political advertisements on TV?

By Jacob Rowbottom -  On Monday, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will give its long awaited decision in Animal Defenders International v UK. The Court will decide whether the ban on political advertising on the broadcast media (under the Communications Act 2003) violates Article 10.  The case was taken to [...]

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