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The Reach of the ECHR: A Reply to Eirik Bjorge

Richard Ekins 17th April 2015

I thank Eirik Bjorge for reading our recent report Clearing the Fog of Law: Saving our Armed Forces from Defeat by Judicial Diktat and for posting his thoughts on it.  I am grateful to the editors of the OxHRH Blog for the opportunity to reply briefly.  Bjorge paraphrases the report as claiming that ‘the Convention is […]

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Blasphemy Laws and Human Rights in Pakistan

Menaal Safi Munshey 16th April 2015

Notorious blasphemy laws have a significant impact on minority communities in Pakistan. Particularly their right to life, freedom of speech and freedom of religion as enshrined in Pakistan’s constitution and the universal declaration of human rights. Blasphemy is the act of insulting, showing contempt or lack of reverence for God or that which is considered […]

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A Comment on the Report Clearing the Fog of Law

Eirik Bjorge 15th April 2015

In the Policy Exchange report Clearing the Fog of Law: Saving Our Armed Forces from Defeat by Judicial Diktat, Richard Ekins, Jonathan Morgan, and Tom Tugendhat criticize the European Court of Human Rights for not disapplying the rights of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in cases where British troops act abroad. The authors […]

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Tentative Reform of State Surveillance Powers in the UK

Andrew Wheelhouse 14th April 2015

Rumblings of discontent have been heard from the supervisory bodies that are entrusted with providing oversight of surveillance operations by UK intelligence agencies. While these demonstrate that the security services do not get everything their own way, the proposals made will likely amount to little more than a tweaking of current extensive surveillance powers. Observers […]

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Damaged and Disregarded: Children’s Interests in the Benefit Cap Decision

Darryl Hutcheon 13th April 2015

Following on from Paul Scott’s post, this contribution will consider how the Supreme Court in SG dealt with the interests of children in analysing whether the benefits cap was justified (despite its discriminatory impact). The interests of children were specifically raised with reference to article 3(1) of the UN Convention on the Rights of the […]

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