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All Quiet in the Turkish Courts

Serdar Reşat Bakır 17th October 2018

In Western academia, few efforts have been made to portray the status of the Turkish jurisdiction and its stance against what happened following to the so-called coup attempt in Turkey that took place on 15th of July 2016, which provided the impetus for a huge crackdown on civil liberties. Over the last couple of years […]

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Poland’s Controversial Judicial Reforms in Bid to ‘De-communise’ the Country

Alexandra Tompson 26th September 2018

Since coming into power, Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) has introduced controversial sweeping changes to the judiciary. Accusing Poland of undermining EU values and democratic principles, the EU Commission has been threatening to trigger Article 7  of the European Union Treaty: a process which would strip Poland of its voting rights. This week, the Commission […]

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Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Human Rights Legacy: Introduction to the Blog Series

Anne Marie Lofaso 24th September 2018

Anthony McLeod Kennedy, born on January 23, 1936, to Irish Catholic parents, announced his retirement on June 27, 2018, after thirty years on the United States Supreme Court.  Known as the “swing vote” after Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired in 2006, Justice Kennedy’s retirement twelve years later, while not unexpected, has created political division in […]

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Standard of Proof in Zimbabwe’s Presidential Petition: A Response

David Hofisi 11th September 2018

On 5 September 2018, renowned scholar Alex Magaisa published a piece on the standard of proof in Zimbabwe’s presidential petition. He argued that the ruling of the Constitutional Court led to uncertainty regarding the standard of proof to void elections in Zimbabwe. This response investigates the extent to which such uncertainty exists. On 24 August […]

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