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The Ongoing Search for Justice for Victims of the Japanese War Crimes in Mapanique, Philippines

The Ongoing Search for Justice for Victims of the Japanese War Crimes in Mapanique, Philippines

On November 23, 1944, Japanese troops descended on the town of Mapanique in the Philippines. The troops gathered  men and boys in the town and proceeded to castrate them. Afterwards, the men were forced to put their severed sexual organs in their mouths before they were burned to death en masse. Women and girls were [...]

HIV and Caribbean Law: Case for Tolerance

HIV and Caribbean Law: Case for Tolerance

In the western hemisphere, the Anglophone Caribbean maintains some of the most regressive anti-gay laws in the world.  The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as well as Belize both have laws that prohibit homosexuals from even visiting.  Same-gender intimacy, regardless of consent or physical location, is criminalized with sentences ranging from life imprisonment to 10 [...]

Think This Way: How Zimbabweans Adopt, Hold and Express Their Political Ideologies

Think This Way: How Zimbabweans Adopt, Hold and Express Their Political Ideologies

When American jurist Ben Cardozo said that the freedom of thought is “the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom,” it was no idle talk. His words were- and are still- true. Other civil and political rights are largely under siege in Zimbabwe because of the curtailment of this freedom. Zimbabweans [...]

Cambodia Elections 2013: is a Cambodian Spring blossoming?

Cambodia Elections 2013: is a Cambodian Spring blossoming?

Cambodia’s weather oscillates between dry and wet seasons. According to a senior Cambodian official, this means that a Cambodian Spring is technically impossible. Despite this, Cambodians’ exercise of the right to vote during the July 2013 National Assembly elections suggest that a Cambodian Spring may indeed be blossoming. For 28 years, Cambodia has been ruled [...]

Children of a Lesser God: Food Politics in India

Children of a Lesser God: Food Politics in India

The tragic loss of 23 children who ate contaminated food at a government-run primary school in the East-Indian state of Bihar, near Patna, speaks volumes about the continued policy paralysis afflicting governance in the health and education sectors in India. The Bihar incident, together with several equally fatal incidents in Rajasthan, West Bengal and Odisha, [...]

Kadi II: Fundamental Rights and International Terrorism

Kadi II: Fundamental Rights and International Terrorism

In its judgment in Kadi II (18 July 2013), the Court of Justice of the European Union (Grand Chamber) sought to ascertain the content of procedural rights of suspected terrorists and strike a balance between the imperative need to combat international terrorism and the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of suspected terrorists. Mr Kadi’s [...]

Racial profiling: more than a numbers game

Racial profiling: more than a numbers game

Although minority communities have long complained of racial profiling by police, their claims have generally been dismissed until proven by empirical evidence. And so it was with the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program. As early as 1999, New York state’s attorney general criticised the effort as racially skewed. Stop and frisk was the [...]

Developing the Customary Law to Give Effect to the Constitutional Commitment to Substantive Equality: Mayelane v Ngwenyama

Developing the Customary Law to Give Effect to the Constitutional Commitment to Substantive Equality: Mayelane v Ngwenyama

The South African Constitution expressly provides for the horizontal application of the Bill of Rights, stating that these rights apply to all law. Section 39(2) also states that when interpreting legislation or developing the common law or customary law the courts must: “promote the spirit, purport and objects of the Bills of Rights.” In spite [...]

Remembering Former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa Pius Langa

Remembering Former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa Pius Langa

24 July 2013 was a sad day for South Africa as the news of the death of Former Chief Justice Pius Langa spread. Justice Langa played an important role in the development of South Africa’s constitutional democracy and he touched many people’s lives. In the last few weeks, much has been said about Justice Langa’s [...]

Floyd v City of New York: Promise and Challenges in Reforming Stop and Frisk

Floyd v City of New York: Promise and Challenges in Reforming Stop and Frisk

The New York City Police Department (NYPD)’s controversial stop and frisk program was dealt its most significant legal blow when a federal court judge ruled the practice unconstitutional for its indirect racial profiling of blacks and Latinos.  While the Floyd ruling is important for providing court-sanctioned recognition of the racial discrimination long endured by blacks [...]

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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 [...]