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The Liberty-Equality Debate: Comparing the Lawrence and Naz Foundation Rulings

The Liberty-Equality Debate: Comparing the Lawrence and  Naz Foundation Rulings

Last month marked the 10 year anniversary of Lawrence v Texas, where the US Supreme Court ruled that laws that criminalised sodomy were unconstitutional. Like June 26 2013, June 26 2003, was also a historic day for the LGBT rights movement. For many LGBT rights activists, Lawrence was their Brown, the historic civil rights case [...]

Justice Edwin Cameron on the United Nations Free and Equal Campaign

Justice Edwin Cameron on the United Nations Free and Equal Campaign

On Friday 26th July, in Cape Town, the United Nations launched a new international campaign to counter homophobia, dubbed the Free and Equal Campaign. I was privileged to share the platform with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Judge Navi Pillay, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. It was a happy event, with strong presentations and [...]

The choice before us? The report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights

The choice before us? The report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights

In an article recently published in Public Law, Prof. Francesca Klug and I set out our analysis of the ill-fated report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights. Given that the government provided no formal response when the report was published in December of last year and it has been written off as a [...]

Is it Time for the US Supreme Court to Come Out of the Closet?

Is it Time for the US Supreme Court to Come Out of the Closet?

In a follow-up post to his previous analysis of Windsor v. United States, Karl Laird examines which constitutional provisions were invoked in the US Supreme Court decision. Now that a few weeks have passed since the US Supreme Court delivered judgment in Windsor v United States, it seems appropriate to attempt to ascertain what exactly [...]

Mendoza v Argentina: Against the life imprisonment of children

Mendoza v Argentina: Against the life imprisonment of children

In Mendoza et al. v. Argentina, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (ICHR) has determined that life sentences against children constitute a breach of the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR). In an historic decision that follows recent developments in children’s rights from Inter-American Human Rights Law, the ICHR found the Government of Argentina guilty [...]

McCaughey and Others v UK: The Requirement of Prompt Investigation into State Killings

McCaughey and Others v UK: The Requirement of Prompt Investigation into State Killings

Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees, subject to some exceptions, that “everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law.” In its substantive manifestation, this means that States are not to deprive individuals of their right to life, and that they must have adequate judicial mechanisms to protect this right against [...]

The Anniversary of the Marikana Massacre in South Africa and Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Breaches

The Anniversary of the Marikana Massacre in South Africa and Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Breaches

It is almost a year since more than 40 striking mineworkers were killed in a clash with local police at the Marikana mine on the South African platinum belt. Many argue that the Marikana massacre was not simply the result of an illegal wage strike that got out of hand. Rather, its causes are complex and [...]

The Rock-Hard Foundation: Mandela Day, 18 July 2013

The Rock-Hard Foundation: Mandela Day, 18 July 2013

“I pay tribute to the mothers and wives and sisters of our nation. You are the rock-hard foundation of our struggle.” - Nelson Mandela, February 1990 Nelson Mandela spoke these words upon his release from Robben Island on 11 February 1990, after serving twenty-seven years as a political prisoner. Fueled by an uncompromising vision for a free [...]

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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 [...]