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Is Consent of the Husband Needed for an Abortion in India?

Aradhana Cherupara Vadekkethil - 17th February 2018

The Indian Supreme Court on 27th October, 2017 in the case of Anil Kumar Malhotra v. Ajay Pasricha, dismissed a man’s petition who was seeking damages from his wife as she had terminated her pregnancy without his consent. The husband had contended that the pregnancy was illegal as per the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act […]

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Women’s Suffrage in Switzerland

Christa Tobler - 12th February 2018

In 2017, a Swiss film about the introduction of women’s suffrage on the Swiss federal level attracted much attention and large audiences. The film, entitled “The Divine Order”, was voted the best Swiss film of 2017. It tells the story of Nora, a young housewife and mother in a rural Swiss village, whose life changes […]

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Conservative Mobilization in Latin America and its Impacts on Women’s and Adolescents’ Human Rights

Marta Rodriguez de Assis Machado - 9th February 2018

  In the last decade, Brazil has experienced a dramatic change in the  disputes between pro and anti abortion groups. A similar process of backlash to gender rights is happening across all Latin America. There’s an increasing pressure from conservative social movements to ban abortion totally and to revoke any kind of public policy based […]

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The Irish Referendum and the Road to Safe, Legal Abortion

Fiona de Londras - 8th February 2018

The Irish government has now announced that it will hold a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment in 2018. Inserted in the Constitution in 1983, the 8th protects a constitutional foetal right to life which the state pledges to protect, as far as practicable, with due regard to the “equal right to life of the […]

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Legalization of Abortion on Three Grounds in Chile

Ligia De Jesús Castaldi - 1st February 2018

After having a full abortion ban for over 100 years and the lowest maternal mortality rate in Latin America, Chile created three non-punishable exceptions to its abortion ban in September of 2017, after the Senate approved, by a slim margin, legislation introduced by President Michelle Bachelet. Chile’s former abortion ban allowed only indirect, not direct […]

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing:  The Promise and Reality of U.S. Tax Reform

Elaine Wilson - 30th January 2018

The U.S. tax reform law is dangerous for poor and lower middle-class families.  Superficially, this legislation may seem to benefit low income workers – that is exactly why it is so dangerous.  Just like the wolf in sheep’s clothing, the benign (or even beneficial) immediate impact of the bill temporarily disguises its deeply troubling long-term consequences. […]

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Gender Recognition, Self-Determination and Segregated Space

Peter Dunne and Tara Hewitt - 16th January 2018

In July 2017, the Government announced a public consultation on legal gender recognition in the United Kingdom. In particular, it will invite opinion and advice on plans to adopt a model of self-determination (similar to that currently applied in other European jurisdictions, such as Ireland). Self-determination would allow trans persons to obtain a Gender Recognition […]

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The Continuity of the Headscarf Controversy: From Politics to Fashion

Farrah Raza - 17th December 2017

This post highlights some difficulties raised by the 2017 rulings on headscarves at work by the European Court of Justice (CJEU), in the Achbita and Bougnaoui cases that arose in Belgium and France, respectively. In the absence of a single fixed meaning of the headscarf, the recent CJEU rulings are problematic. Ever since the controversial […]

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De Groen v Gan Menaschem Hendon: Dismissal from Religious Schools

John Bowers QC - 15th December 2017

To what extent can an ultra-Orthodox Jewish school go to protect its belief system and values? This was the subject of a fascinating employment tribunal sitting in Watford which gave judgment last month. In De Groen v Gan Menaschem Hendon Ltd  the claimant taught at a private nursery school as a team leader. The nursery […]

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Same-Sex Marriage in Australia: A Bittersweet Victory

Jennifer Tridgell - 8th December 2017

In a giant step forward for LGBTIQ rights, same-sex marriage (SSM) in Australia was legalised on 7 December 2017. This result was uplifting, but also bittersweet. The Australian Government could have legalised SSM quickly and painlessly months ago. Instead, it forged ahead with a controversial postal survey, which divided a nation and damaged the LGBTIQ community. […]

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