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Cuts to the UN Human Rights Bodies? We Know What This Leads To

Ben Warwick - 10th June 2019

The global populist backlash against multilateralism and rights is reaching the UN treaty bodies. These reactionary politics are manifesting in States’ refusal to pay their dues to the UN (the USA owes the UN $2182m), resulting in  ‘severe liquidity issues’.  Cutbacks have been scheduled. The UN treaty bodies have been informed that it is very […]

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Kimathi and Others v Foreign & Commonwealth Office

12KBW international and travel law team - 28th May 2019

Kimathi and Others v Foreign & Commonwealth Office [2018] EWHC 2066 (also known as the ‘Mau Mau litigation’, after the Mau Mau rebellion that was instrumental in Kenya’s independence movement) was a group litigation by 40,000 claimants in the English High Court. They alleged ill-treatment perpetrated by Britain and/or its representatives in the final ten years of […]

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A Year of Gaza’s Marches of Return: War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity Targeting Protected Groups

Loureen Sayej - 30th March 2019

The independent international commission of inquiry on the protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (OPT), recently released its report on possible international crimes committed by Israel within the context of the ‘Great March of Return’. The commission investigated the killing of 189 and maiming of 6000 Palestinians and paid special attention to […]

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And then there were none: the decline of the right to access a lawyer?

Lillian Li and Joris Bertrand - 18th January 2019

On 9 November 2018, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in Beuze v Belgium that withholding a suspect’s right to legal assistance during police custody in the absence of compelling reasons, by virtue of statutory restrictions, is not contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention) if […]

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India’s Reaction to the 1st UN Report on Kashmir is Unwarranted

Sanskriti Sanghi and Samidha Mathur - 16th July 2018

On June 14, 2018, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in recognition of the urgent need to address the flagrant violation of human rights and to deliver justice to the people of Kashmir, released the first ever report on the situation of human rights in Kashmir. The report is a conscious […]

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The Australian Legal Assistance Sector and the Critical Importance of Justice to Human Lives

Liz Curran - 1st May 2018

In February 2017, I was invited to be an ‘expert adviser’ for the Law Council of Australia’s (LCA) ‘Justice Project’. I was initially reticent.  Senate Inquiries (2004; 2009; 2015), reviews, a survey in Australia of the overloaded Legal Assistance Sector (Allen’s Review 2011; 2012 Australia-wide Law Survey; Productivity Commission 2016; Victorian Justice Department 2017) saw […]

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The future of law clinics: Part 2 – The Law Clinic in the University

John Fitzpatrick - 11th March 2018

Earlier, I wrote about the role of law clinics as agents of social justice in a democracy. In this post, I will consider the institutional context in which law clinics operate. Universities have supported law clinics, amongst other reasons, because they enrich the academic study of law, allow students to gain vocationally relevant experience and […]

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