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A Human Right to Divorce?

Charlotte Kelly 3rd September 2018

The case of Owens v Owens rocked the legal world in late July, when the Supreme Court decided that Tini Owens could not divorce her husband, despite the court recognising that this could leave her “trapped in an unhappy marriage.” Her husband, Hugh John Owens, had sought to defend against Mrs Owens’ petition for divorce […]

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Who is my mother? The dilemma of surrogacy agreements – Part I

Fraciah Muringi 12th December 2016

The High Court of Kenya in A.M.N & 2 others v The Attorney General & 5 others was faced with the issue of how surrogacy agreements ought to be enforced. Since there was no law governing surrogacy in Kenya, the Court had recourse to the United Kingdom’s (UK) position. In this petition, the parentage of […]

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China’s Two-Child Policy: An Assault on Human Rights

Stephanie Tai 19th January 2016

At the end of October 2015, the Chinese government announced that it would end its one-child policy by replacing it with the two-child policy.  China’s two-child policy is a false triumph for human rights.  Whilst some have greeted this as a step in the right direction, the mere existence of a policy controlling the number […]

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Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies in India

Nehaa Chaudhari 12th November 2015

India’s reported decision to ban surrogacy for foreigners has received plenty of news coverage and analysis in Indian and international media over the past week. This post is a comment on the related legislative developments around assisted reproductive technologies in India. Largely unregulated, the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) industry is of significant value in India. […]

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