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Hämäläinen v Finland: The Transgender Divorce Requirement in Strasbourg

Peter Dunne 30th July 2014

In the landmark 2002 decision, Goodwin v United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”), citing an “unmistakable trend” among Council of Europe member states, established a general right for post-operative transgender persons (termed “transsexuals” in the judgment) to access legal gender recognition. In the absence of “concrete or substantial hardship or detriment to […]

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Europol and the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Owain Johnstone 29th July 2014

On Tuesday 24th June the Human Trafficking Discussion Group (under the umbrella of the Oxford Migration Studies Society) was delighted to host a talk by Sergio D’Orsi of Europol, speaking about that organisation’s important work on human trafficking. Sergio spoke engagingly about both Europol’s general institutional role and capacities and its specific focus on human […]

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The Sustainable Development Goals: a new vision of development?

Tessa Khan 27th July 2014

On 19 July, after eighteen months of fraught negotiation, a UN Open Working Group of seventy governments adopted a proposal for seventeen goals to ensure a sustainable future—economically, socially, and environmentally.   The proposed goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will be a key component of negotiations starting in September in the UN […]

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The Mexican Human Rights Constitutional Amendment and Impunity: Victims in a Labyrinth

Ethel Nataly Castellanos-Morales and Camilo Ernesto Castillo-Sánchez 26th July 2014

The human rights situation in Mexico has suffered a notorious deterioration in the past few years due to multiple factors (such as the weakness of the rule of law, the rise of organized crime, and high rates of petty crime). At the same time, Mexico has tried to modernize its constitutional system to protect human […]

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Presumptive Costs Orders: A Threat to Public Interest Interventions (Part II)

Daniel McCredden 25th July 2014

In a previous post, I reviewed the terms of the Government’s proposed new costs rule for interventions (cl 67, Criminal Justice and Courts Bill), and queried the Government’s characterization of interventions and the purpose they serve. It is worth exploring this a little further, particularly the public interest in good adjudication I touched upon previously. […]

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