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Coup, Constitution and the Count: Zimbabwe’s Disputed Elections

Jason Brickhill 7th August 2018

In November 2017, Robert Mugabe’s 38-year rule ended. At the time, I called this what it was – a coup – though popular among many Zimbabweans who thronged the streets alongside the tanks. In an attempt to legitimise the coup, parliamentary impeachment proceedings began. As the vote approached – with tanks in the streets and […]

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Is the restitution of land in the ‘public interest’?

Lee-Anne Germanos 1st August 2018

In the wake of public hearings taking place around South Africa concerning the Parliamentary motion to review and amend the compensation provisions for the lawful expropriation of land contained in section 25 of the 1996 Constitution, the legal barriers to removing such a requirement seem to have been simplified to a mere amendment of wording. […]

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Internet Shutdowns: The Irony of a Digital Nation?

Mihika Poddar and Shardha Rajam 5th July 2018

Between January to May (2018) alone, the Indian government imposed 55 internet shutdowns. An internet shutdown disrupts all electronic communications and services within a geographical location. Often, neither the reason for, nor the duration of these shutdowns is made transparent. In a digital age, these shutdowns interfere with much more than just free speech because they hinder […]

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The EU Withdrawal Bill in the Commons: Parliament surrendering control?

Sionaidh Douglas Scott 18th June 2018

Last week, the EU Withdrawal Bill returned to the Commons, so MPs could scrutinise and vote on amendments made to it by the House of Lords. The Bill survived its passage in the House of Commons last year relatively intact, with only one amendment carried against the Government. Things were different, however, in the Lords, […]

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