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China’s New Circuit Tribunals Allow Tighter Control of Judiciary

George G. Chen 6th March 2017

China’s new system of circuit tribunals makes access to the justice system more convenient for ordinary citizens. But the new tribunals also make sure that the Communist Party retains firm control over the judiciary. Chinese citizens no longer need to travel far to bring a lawsuit to the Supreme People’s Court. On 21 January 2017, […]

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The Partnership between Health and Law to Ensure Human Rights

Liz Curran 28th November 2016

If human rights are to meaningfully alleviate poverty, we must factor in the day to day need for legal advice services. Even where there is no court or tribunal case involved, access to legal advice can be critical. It can save mistakes being made, help people understand their rights and responsibilities, and lead to early […]

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Ahmed v United Kingdom: European Court of Human Rights Still Skirting Around Jury Bias

Lewis Graham 25th October 2016

The European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) recently handed down its long-awaited admissibility decision in Ahmed v United Kingdom. It unanimously declared that the defendant’s claim, that at least one juror participating in his trial had unlawfully disclosed confidential information to far-right media sources, was ill-founded, and consequently, neither his right to a fair trial […]

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ICJ Judge Joan Donoghue speaks on the difficulty of proving Human Rights violations in front of the “World Court” at the Oxford Human Rights Program

Marianne Hrdlicka 15th August 2016

By starting off with a made up case of forced disappearance that led our made up victim to flee to another country away from his captors, Judge Donoghue demonstrated the single most difficult thing in cases involving human rights violations: access to evidence. Just like a local trial judge, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) […]

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