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A Commentary on Recent Developments in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ Advisory Opinion on the Standing of Legal Entities

Florencia Bohl 30th November 2016

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) Advisory Opinion OC-22/16 examined the question of whether legal entities have standing before the Inter-American System of Human Rights. It addressed issues surrounding the interpretation of Article 1.2 of the American Convention of Human Rights (ACHR) in a literal, teleological, systemic, and evolutionary approach. The eventual conclusion–that legal […]

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The Cyprus Problem and EU Law: Ships Passing in the Night?

Louis Karaolis 11th November 2016

Stripped to its core, the Cyprus Problem pertains to the illegal invasion of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkish forces in 1974 and the displacement of 180,000 Greek Cypriots from their homes. The invasion was followed by the establishment of a Turkish-Pseudo State and the stationing of 43,000 Turkish troops.  To this day, 37 per […]

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Whole Women’s Health: A Call for Evidence-Based Regulation of Abortion

Reva Siegel 19th July 2016

Decades ago, the medical profession helped build the public-health case for decriminalising abortion, and the Supreme Court of the United States appealed to medical science in deciding Roe v Wade. In its most recent decision, Whole Women’s Health v Hellerstedt, the Court has again turned to the medical profession to evaluate claims of fact said […]

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Papa Don’t Preach (You May be Found Guilty of Hate Speech)

Claire Overman and Andrew Wheelhouse 22nd March 2016

Rare is the day when the lowly District Judge sitting in the Magistrates’ Court gets the distinction of having one of his judgments reported. Kudos then to District Judge McNally for his thought-provoking decision on hate speech in the Northern Irish case of DPP v McConnell. The case concerned a sermon by evangelical Protestant preacher […]

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