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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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The Human Rights Implications of Xi Jingping’s Limitless Presidential Term

Stephanie Tai 28th March 2018

China’s National People’s Congress recently passed a constitutional change to remove the two-term presidential term limit with a 99.8% passing rate. Whilst the official reason for the removal is to ensure that Xi can keep his trinity leadership, as Xi’s tenure as military chairman and secretary general of the Communist Party is unlimited, this announcement […]

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Developments from the 48th Ordinary Session of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Ndjodi Ndeunyema 23rd March 2018

In the last week of February 2018, Africa’s principal human and peoples’ rights judicial organ, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, commenced its 48th session at its seat in Arusha, Tanzania. Having started its operations in 2008 when its interim rules were finalised, the African Court is a relatively young institution when compared […]

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Fascination with Kenya’s Presidency has Overlooked the Real Changes Happening Locally  

Dominic Burbidge and Thomas Raji 22nd March 2018

Kenya’s 2010 constitution replaced the country’s centralised governance structure with one of the world’s most radical experiments in devolution. Yet to look at current commentary of Kenya’s political crisis is to see a debate that has remained stuck in the past. The 2010 constitution devolved 14 key government functions to the county level, with each […]

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