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Mobilising International Human Rights Law to Promote Tax Justice

Gerry Liston - 17th July 2019

Hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue are lost to governments – and particularly those of developing countries – annually as a result of deficiencies in the global taxation system, undermining their ability to realise a range of socio-economic rights. Yet Article 2 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) requires […]

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US Supreme Court split on the partisan politics of district drawing

Rebecca Rattner - 14th July 2019

At the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court waded into the fight over political partisanship in American politics. In a 5-4 decision, the Court held in Rucho v. Common Cause that federal courts cannot strike down district maps because they are designed to help or hurt a particular political party. Notably, the Court itself […]

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Multinational Royal Dutch Shell summoned for insufficient efforts in combatting climate change

Pieter Gillaerts - 11th July 2019

Citizens and organizations around the world increasingly take their concerns regarding climate change to the courtroom. Such climate change or environmental (public interest) litigation so far has primarily been directed against governments, such as the case of Urgenda v. the Dutch State. The recent Dutch case Milieudefensie et al. v. Royal Dutch Shell seems to mark […]

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California is Poised to Expand Labour Protections for Workers

Catherine Fisk - 8th July 2019

California, many other states, and the United States government, have laws imposing minimum standards of employment (such as wages and hours), limited financial benefits for workers who become unemployed or are injured in the course of employment, and benefits for employees after retirement age or who become unable to work because of disability. Most of […]

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Sexual Violence in Conflict 2019: Insights from Sudan and Algeria

Anissa Daoudi - 7th July 2019

The 19th of June is celebrated as the UN International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. In this context, Security Council Resolution 1820, in 2008, recognized sexual violence as a tactic of war and a threat to global peace and security. It recognized that rape and other forms of sexual violence can […]

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Poverty in the UK is violating human rights. What’s next?

Philip Alston, Rebecca Riddell, and Bassam Khawaja - 5th July 2019

Last week, we presented the findings of our investigation into poverty in the United Kingdom to the UN Human Rights Council. Some have asked why the UN Special Rapporteur on poverty would visit the UK, the fifth largest economy in the world. But 14 million people live in poverty, and in recent years the UK […]

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Non-abyssal and Ableist Indian Supreme Court: The Abyssal Exclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Sanjay S. Jain and Saranya Mishra - 3rd July 2019

The famous critical thinker, Santos, has forcefully argued that critical theorists and social scientists have never acknowledged the existence of an abyssal line. The conception of an abyssal line draws a distinction between “forms of metropolitan sociability and forms of colonial sociability” (Santos, 6). The former can be addressed by non-abyssal instruments of regulations and […]

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Sudan’s Elusive Justice: Do Heads of States Enjoy Immunity from International Crimes?

Loureen Sayej - 1st July 2019

With the worsening situation in Sudan and the government’s systematic violations against the people of Sudan, questions arise about the fate of Omar al-Bashir (currently languishing in Sudan’s prisons), the immunity for Heads of States, if any, and the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and third States in securing justice. Last month, the […]

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Fundamental rights at risk in Kazakhstan: a call for action

Adilya Zhilgildina - 1st July 2019

The past months’ anti-government protests in Kazakhstan following the controversial renaming of the capital and announcement of early snap elections by the interim president are an alarming indication of its weak legal system. Although Kazakhstan has ratified international human rights treaties, its peaceful assembly legislation falls far short of international standards. In April, two democracy […]

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The High Court of Botswana decriminalises same-sex relations

Mwai Daka - 30th June 2019

The judgement of the Botswana High Court in LM V The Attorney General, which legalised same-sex sex relations, is important for gay couples across Africa. The judgement demonstrates that laws, such as Section 164(a), (c), 165 and 167 of the Penal Code, which proscribe and criminalize the conduct of consenting adults in expressing and professing […]

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Religious minorities in Austria lose Good Friday as a public holiday

Diana Niksova - 27th June 2019

For the first time since 1952, this year, Good Friday on the 19thApril was not a public holiday for employees who are members of the Evangelical Churches of the Augsburg or Helvetic Confessions, the Old Catholic Church or the United Methodist Church in Austria. In response to the CJEU’s judgement (C-193/17), the Austrian legislator has […]

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