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Legal Gaps and Inconsistencies in India’s Commercial Surrogacy Ban

Aastha Malhotra 30th November 2018

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, which was laid on the tables of both Houses in August 2017, no longer allows non-Indians to commission surrogacy in India. Only infertile Indian couples with at least five years of marriage and proved infertility are allowed surrogacy on altruistic grounds with a close female relative acting as a surrogate […]

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Australia to Transfer Asylum Seeker and Refugee Children from Nauru to Australia

Emilie McDonnell 4th November 2018

The Australian government has confirmed plans to transfer all asylum seeker and refugee children from Nauru to Australia by Christmas. This news comes after mounting pressure from the public, medical and legal organisations, human rights and refugee advocate groups, thousands of doctors, as well as from within the government’s own party, calling on the government […]

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Lessons for the Future: the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Childhood Abuse

Liz Curran 22nd October 2018

Australia’s inquiry into childhood institutional abuse has lessons for other jurisdictions, especially the UK. International human rights provisions for children in institutional care include Article 13 of the Convention on the Rights or the Child (CROC) (1989), alongside protections for children with a disability (CROC Article 23), children in the care and protection system (CROC […]

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Missing Babies in Serbia: Monetary Reparations Are Not Enough

Maja Davidovic 10th September 2018

On March 26, 2013, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg declared that Serbia must provide a mechanism for individual redress to thousands of parents whose newborn babies went missing from maternity wards in the preceding decades. How was that to be done? Preferably through a lex specialis, per the Serbian Ombudsman’s recommendations from 2010, the Court stated: a new, special law that would target this […]

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