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Levenstein: A Case to End Prescription of All Sexual Offences in South Africa

Jesslin Wooliver 17th December 2017

Widely considered the most progressive constitution in the world, the South African Constitution contains an inclusive and wide reaching Bill of Rights. Amongst these rights, the Bill guarantees every citizen the right to dignity, equality, protection of children, freedom from violence, access to courts, and a fair trial. However, South African law also enforces prescription […]

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The Continuity of the Headscarf Controversy: From Politics to Fashion

Farrah Raza 17th December 2017

This post highlights some difficulties raised by the 2017 rulings on headscarves at work by the European Court of Justice (CJEU), in the Achbita and Bougnaoui cases that arose in Belgium and France, respectively. In the absence of a single fixed meaning of the headscarf, the recent CJEU rulings are problematic. Ever since the controversial […]

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De Groen v Gan Menaschem Hendon: Dismissal from Religious Schools

John Bowers QC 15th December 2017

To what extent can an ultra-Orthodox Jewish school go to protect its belief system and values? This was the subject of a fascinating employment tribunal sitting in Watford which gave judgment last month. In De Groen v Gan Menaschem Hendon Ltd  the claimant taught at a private nursery school as a team leader. The nursery […]

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The need to consider victim’s voices in the sentencing of offenders: Director of Public Prosecutions v Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius

Amanda Spies 14th December 2017

On 24 November 2017, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) handed down a unanimous decision increasing the sentence of convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius from six, to fifteen years imprisonment (Director of Public Prosecutions v Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (950/2016) [2017] ZASCA 150. Oscar’s case needs little introduction. The famous Paralympian athlete was convicted […]

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