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Human Rights and Counterterrorism

Liora Lazarus 19th June 2017

Last week Theresa May argued that human rights laws that impede effective counter-terrorism should be changed. Keir Starmer disagrees, arguing that human rights and effective counterterrorism are complementary. Who is right? Two preliminary points must be made. There is a lot of confusion in this debate between the existence of legal constraints, and the idea […]

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After Liberation From Daesh – Realising the Right to Return?

Ewelina U. Ochab 12th June 2017

As the world focuses on the debates surrounding US President Trump’s foreign policy, especially the recently introduced travel ban, little attention has been paid to what it means in practical terms for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are forced to return home. Can, for example, Iraqi refugees and IDPs safely return to their […]

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After Recognition of Genocide – How to Proceed?

Ewelina U. Ochab 20th April 2017

On 20 April 2016, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion recognising the atrocities committed against Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities by Daesh to be genocide. In addition to recognising the genocide, the motion also called upon the Government to take steps to ‘make an immediate referral to the UN Security […]

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What kind of extremist will you be?

Amy Shepherd 4th February 2017

The UK Government’s procedure for identifying ‘dangerous extremists’ has come under legal scrutiny (at long last) in a High Court test case. The litigation was brought by Mr. Salman Butt, a British Muslim who had been regularly invited by universities to speak on Islam until identified in a September 2015 press release by the Government’s […]

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