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After Miller: Legislating for Constitutional and Democratic Legitimacy

Rebecca Mooney 27th February 2017

In Miller, the Supreme Court ruled by majority that ministers have no prerogative power to invoke article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU).  The European Communities Act 1972 makes EU law an independent and overriding source of domestic law (paras 61–65).  Assuming article 50(2) notice is irrevocable, it will remove EU law and […]

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Is Russia “Decriminalising Domestic Violence?”

Marianna Muravyeva 23rd February 2017

The Russian bill providing for what has been called the ‘decriminalisation of domestic violence‘ passed a second reading in the Russian State Duma and was approved by the Federation Council on 1 February without much opposition from the senators. It is official now: assault against any family members not resulting in any serious injury is […]

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The Law Commission’s Consultation on the Protection of Official Data

David Ormerod 22nd February 2017

The recent publication of the Law Commission’s consultation paper The Protection of Official Data has generated a great deal of attention. I welcome the opportunity to provide an overview of some of the matters in the paper and the consultation questions we ask. As with every Law Commission project, the provisional conclusions and questions in […]

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Kiobel v. Cravath: An Example of How a Little-Known U.S. Law can be Used as a Pre-Litigation Tool Overseas

Upasana Khatri 22nd February 2017

  When Esther Kiobel—who believes Shell collaborated with Nigerian authorities to commit gross human rights abuses, including the murder of her husband—could not find justice by suing Shell in U.S courts, she decided to sue the Dutch oil giant in the Netherlands. In support of the Dutch action, EarthRights International (ERI) helped Ms. Kiobel and […]

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Confronting Ongoing Racial Discrimination in Schools Admissions Policies in South Africa

James Rooney 20th February 2017

I am now in my final month of working for the Legal Resources Centre and Rhodes University as the Oxford Human Rights Hub Travelling Fellow for 2016. This fellowship has been an incredible experience. After taking courses last year in Oxford which covered South African human rights and non-discrimination jurisprudence, the opportunity to actively engage […]

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