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UN sanctions: possible changes?

Michele Porcelluzzi 24th July 2014

In the last 20 years, the UN Security Council has adopted numerous sanctions not involving the use of armed force. Originally, these sanctions only targeted States and aimed to prevent or punish cross-border attacks, civil wars and terrorism. They have since narrowed to target specific entities or individuals and the rationale for sanctions has expanded […]

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Religious anti-gay refusal – valuing dissent without making it lawful

Davina Cooper 22nd July 2014

According to Supreme Court judge, Lady Hale, the law has yet to find the right balance between accommodating people’s beliefs and avoiding anti-gay discrimination. Her remarks, made during a lecture at the Law Society of Ireland, take a position common amongst judges, politicians, activists and scholars seeking to find a midway point between privileging beliefs […]

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The Problem of Progressive Realization – Protecting the Rights of the Disabled in Jamaica

Dionne Jackson Miller 21st July 2014

Jamaica boasts of being the first country in the world to both sign and ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, on March 30, 2007. Seven years later, the Disabilities Act has been tabled in Parliament. This is an important step, but there are questions about whether the proposed statute’s […]

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