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Towards the abolition of the detention of immigrant children?

Holly Buick 13th February 2015

In its recent Advisory Opinion 21/14, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) adopts a firm position against the detention of children during immigration proceedings, employing a novel approach to the legality of depriving children of their of liberty in this context. Once again, the Court has used its advisory jurisdiction to advance the protection […]

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What Traffickers Know that the Court of Appeal Does Not

Catherine Briddick 11th February 2015

In Reyes and Suryadi v Al-Malki [2015] EWCA Civ 32 and Benkharbouche and Janah v Embassy of the Republic of Sudan and Libya [2015] EWCA Civ 33 the Court of Appeal considered two cases involving domestic work and immunity, a consideration of which reveals the discriminatory and gendered premises on which the law continues to […]

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Detention of African Asylum Seekers in Israel: Welcome to Round Three

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler 15th December 2014

In a previous post, I analysed the Israeli High Court of Justice’s (HCJ) judgment in Gebrselassie v. Knesset et al (partial summary of the judgment in English), in which the Court held the ‘Law for the Prevention of Infiltration (Amendment No. 4)’ (full text in Hebrew) to be unconstitutional and quashed it. The judgment extended […]

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Modern Slavery Bill – A Brief Review

Peter Carter QC 2nd December 2014

How does it happen? The fire brigade is called to a fire in a terraced house. When the firemen arrive the doors and windows are locked and bolted. They break in to discover that the mains electricity cable had been dangerously diverted to provide power for a cannabis farm. Hidden in the remains are frightened […]

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The Unified Screening Mechanism: Hong Kong to Assess Refugee Claims Alongside Torture Claims

Lillian Li 20th November 2014

The UNHCR previously had the role of assessing and determining refugee claims (“persecution claims”) in Hong Kong in accordance with Art. 33 of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951) (“Refugee Convention”). The UNHCR has now ceased its refugee screening mechanism and has implemented the ‘Unified Screening Mechanism’ (“USM”) in response to  the […]

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