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A Human Rights Act for Queensland

Jack Maxwell 26th November 2018

Queensland is soon to be the third Australian jurisdiction with a statutory bill of rights. Earlier this month, the Queensland Labor Government introduced the Human Rights Bill 2018 (Qld) to Parliament. While not perfect, the Bill is a significant step forward for human rights in Australia. Australia has limited constitutional protections for human rights, and […]

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González Carreño v. Spain: What can be Expected from the Spanish Supreme Court’s Ruling?

Parimal Kashyap 7th November 2018

In what has been earmarked as a ‘revolutionary’ judgment in the field of international human rights law, the Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that views expressed by UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies (‘the Views’) are, in fact, legally binding on Spain. The judgment is extraordinary as it is a well-accepted position in international human rights law that decisions […]

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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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