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What the Trump Presidency Means For Gender Discourse Development

Anne Marie Lofaso and Nicholas F Stump 8th March 2017

The Trump Administration’s gender-related policies have been characterized by some as a “war against women.” An analysis of these policies—as set within the broader socio-political context of President Trump’s campaign and the tumultuous post-election landscape—demonstrates that considered projects on gender discourse development are required. Such projects should be steeped in intersectionality, robust egalitarianism, and a […]

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First Group v Paulley: Towards Accessible and Inclusive Public Transport?

Anna Lawson and Catherine Casserly 3rd March 2017

First Group Bus v Paulley is the first UK Supreme Court (or House of Lords) case on reasonable adjustments in non-employment contexts. The case, which was supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has clear significance for wheelchair users and providers of public transport. Further, and despite being frequently (and unhelpfully) depicted as a […]

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Wotton v Queensland: A Milestone for Police Accountability in Australia

Jack Maxwell 16th February 2017

The Federal Court of Australia recently delivered a milestone judgment for police accountability in Wotton v Queensland (No 5). Wotton is the latest chapter in the ongoing struggle between the state of Queensland, its police force, and the Aboriginal residents of Palm Island, a small community off the state’s east coast. On the morning of […]

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India’s Mental Healthcare Bill 2016: a step in the right direction, but no more

Lovish Garg and Simran Aggarwal 8th February 2017

The upper house of the Indian Parliament recently passed the Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016 (the Bill) with the aim of securing the rights of people with mental illness in accordance with the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). If enacted, the Bill would be more progressive than its predecessor: the […]

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