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Extra-territorial arrests by States: Did the Namibian Supreme Court get it wrong?

Ndjodi Ndeunyema 31st August 2017

The decision of Likanyi v The State, which was recently handed down by the Namibian Supreme Court, raises pertinent issues relating to the understanding and application of the principles of public international law which govern the extraterritorial arrest of individuals by States. The Court had to consider whether it could exercise criminal jurisdiction over one […]

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India’s Model Beggary Bill: Towards Rehabilitating the Beggars

Prateek Srivastava and Dushyant Thakur 22nd August 2017

The practice of beggary is rampant in India and currently, over 4 lakh (400,000) people are involved in it. Some practice beggary because of their religious beliefs while for some it is their sole source of livelihood. Incidents of human trafficking for the purpose of beggary and miscreants disguised as beggars create further issues. Presently, […]

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Penalising Anti-Semitism in Poland: Creating “Free Speech Martyrs”?

Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias 18th July 2017

On a November night in 2015, an effigy of a Jew was burnt in the main market square in Wrocław, Poland, as part of a protest against accepting refugees into Poland. The figure was holding the European Union’s flag. The burning was committed by Piotr Rybak, an activist known for his nationalistic and xenophobic views. […]

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Death Sentences in the Delhi Gang Rape Case: Brutality as Trumps

Amartya Kanjilal and Poornima Rajeshwar 29th May 2017

On 16th December 2012, a particularly disturbing case of gangrape and murder in New Delhi (‘the Delhi gangrape case’) set off massive nationwide protests.  Widespread discussions on sexual violence in India led to significant criminal law amendments, including, the introduction of death penalty for the repeat offence of rape and also for rape resulting in […]

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Taking Some Human Rights Back: The Case of Ildar Dadin

Dimitriy Mednikov 22nd May 2017

Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees a right of peaceful assembly, has recently clashed with the Russian Criminal Code which, as of 2014, has criminalised repeated participation in unauthorised demonstrations. When the first person in Russia was prosecuted under the new law, a handful of attorneys and NGO lawyers challenged the Russian Government […]

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