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Canadian Constitutional Challenge to Prohibition on Assisted-Dying

Ravi Amarnath 21st October 2014

Canada’s top court is once again set to decide on the constitutionality of physician-assisted dying for terminally ill patients. Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Canada heard oral arguments in Carter v Attorney General of Canada regarding the constitutionality of physician-assisted dying. Canada’s Criminal Code makes it illegal for doctors to assist patients who wish […]

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Providing Syrian Survivors of Torture Access to Rehabilitation Services

Annie Sovcik 13th October 2014

Mental health and other rehabilitation services can be key to restoring basic functioning and facilitate resilience and positive coping strategies for refugee survivors of torture. In the summer of 2012, “Ibrahim” was arrested at a security checkpoint in Damascus. For the next 20 days, he was repeatedly beaten unconscious, hung from the ceiling and kicked […]

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Second Strike and You are (Finally) Out? The Israeli Supreme Court quashes (again) the Prevention of Infiltration Law

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler 9th October 2014

On 22 September 2014, the Israeli Supreme Court sitting as a High Court of Justice quashed in a 217-page judgment (HCJ 8425/13 Anon v. Knesset et al, full text in Hebrew) the Prevention of Infiltration Law (Amendment no. 4) (full text in Hebrew). The amendment enacted two schemes: first, section 30A, authorising the detention for […]

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