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The Irish Abortion Referendum: An Opportunity for Change

Jamie McLoughlin 25th May 2018

Today, the Irish people will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution which prohibits access to abortion in nearly all circumstances. If a majority votes in favour of the proposal, then the 8th Amendment will be replaced with an enabling clause which […]

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Indian Supreme Court Waters Down Legislation Protecting Scheduled Castes and Tribes from Unlawful Discrimination

Rishabh Bajoria 8th May 2018

On 20 March, a Two-Judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court diluted the provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (Act) citing the ‘rampant misuse’ of the statute to ‘blackmail’ innocent citizens. The Act was passed to supplement the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 (PCR Act). Both legislations […]

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Cakes and the Conscience Wars

Douglas NeJaime and Reva Siegel 7th May 2018

Last week, the U.K. Supreme Court heard argument in Lee v. Ashers Baking Company. The case involves a baker whose Christian beliefs led him to refuse to bake a cake with the phrase “Support Gay Marriage” for a gay customer. Claiming a right to a religious exemption from the antidiscrimination law of Northern Ireland, the baker […]

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