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New Bill Shifts Focus to Survivors of Human Trafficking

New Bill Shifts Focus to Survivors of Human Trafficking

Earlier this year, I interviewed a group of young Bangladeshi men who had been trafficked into Scotland to work in the hotel services industry.  They had been deceived, abused, exploited and threatened into working under forced labour conditions, some of them for months, others for years. As they revealed the harrowing circumstances of their stories, [...]

The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration

The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration

There are trade-offs in the labour immigration policies of high-income countries between openness to admitting migrant workers and some of the rights granted to migrants after admission.  This is a key finding arising out of new research examining labour immigration policies in over 45 high-income countries, as well as policy drivers in major migrant-receiving and [...]

Quashing Legislation Mandating Lengthy Detention of Asylum-seekers: A Resolute yet Cautious Israeli Supreme Court Judgment

Quashing Legislation Mandating Lengthy Detention of Asylum-seekers: A Resolute yet Cautious Israeli Supreme Court Judgment

The Israeli Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, handed down a unanimous judgment quashing the 2012 Law for the Prevention of Infiltration (amendment no. 3 and temporary order) which mandated near-automatic 3 year detention of ‘infiltrators’ (the judgment is presently available only in Hebrew; the petition, also in Hebrew, is available here). As I have argued elsewhere, [...]

Protecting the Labour Rights and Human Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers – A Labour Regulation Approach

Protecting the Labour Rights and Human Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers – A Labour Regulation Approach

By Professor Judy Fudge – Women who cross national borders in order to work in the households of other peoples’ families are very vulnerable to exploitation.Their precarious work situation is a function both of their precarious migrant status – typically they are admitted to the country in which they work on visas that tie their [...]

Stuck in Traffic?

Stuck in Traffic?

By Professor Bridget Anderson - ‘Trafficking’ seems to extend the audience of those engaged with the human rights of migrants. Even those who are not usually sympathetic to the plight of undocumented migrants can engage with the plight of ‘victims of trafficking’ and respond to calls for their protection. Trafficking also seems to offer a rare patch [...]

State Sovereignty v Migrants’ Rights: Who Wins before the European and Inter-American Court of Human Rights?

State Sovereignty v Migrants’ Rights: Who Wins before the European and Inter-American Court of Human Rights?

On Tuesday this week, the Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) in conjunction with the Oxford Migration Law Discussion Group (OxMLDG) welcomed Professor Marie-Benedicte Dembour, Professor of Law and Anthropology at the University of Sussex. Professor Dembour gave an engaging presentation entitled ‘State Sovereignty v Migrants’ Rights: Who wins before the European and Inter-American Court of Human Rights?  This presentation drew [...]

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 [...]