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James, Wells and Lee v UK: Indefinite Detention and Arbitrary Deprivations of Liberty

Natasha Holcroft-Emmess - 27th November 2012

More than 6000 UK prisoners are currently subject to indefinite detention without means of progressing towards parole. In James, Wells and Lee v UK the European Court of Human Rights held that prisoners serving indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) were arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in violation of Article 5(1) ECHR. Under […]

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Fisher v University of Texas: What the Judges Asked

Claire Overman - 25th November 2012

The third installment in our affirmative action series looks at the oral arguments presented and questions asked by the bench in Fisher v University of Texas.   In this post Claire Overman takes a closer look at the transcript from the oral hearing. In anticipation of the Court’s decision, this post takes a closer look at the transcript […]

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Fisher v University of Texas: What the Parties Submitted

Claire Overman - 23rd November 2012

The second and third posts in our affirmative action series will take a closer look at the submissions and oral arguments presented to the US Supreme Court in the landmark affirmative action case of Fisher v University of Texas.   In this post Claire Overman takes a closer look at the parties’ submissions to the Court. Last month, […]

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Affirmative Action versus Equality in Malaysia

Guest Contributor - 22nd November 2012

By Dr Dimitrina Petrova The Bumiputera (Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak) continue to benefit from decades-old affirmative action policies that have outlived their legitimacy. Article 153 of the Federal Constitution, continuing a system of ethnic privileges established by British colonial rule, requires the King of Malaysia to safeguard the special position of the […]

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Affirmative Action Themed Posts

Laura Hilly - 22nd November 2012

Over the next two weeks, in addition to our regular blog posts, the OxHRH will run a special themed series on affirmative action.  We are excited to present contributions from network participants around the globe, focusing on this often controversial topic.  Enjoy! Our first contribution is from Dr Dimitrina Petrova, Executive Director of the The Equal Rights Trust on […]

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Hits and Misses in Proposed Australian Anti-Discrimination Law

Guest Contributor - 21st November 2012

By Dominique Allen On November 20, 2012 the Australian government released its long-awaited Bill which combines the five federal anti-discrimination Acts into one streamlined Act and improves existing protections. The Bill is the result of a public consultation a year ago that stemmed from the 2009 human rights consultation which failed to result in a […]

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The Quick and the Dead in Britain’s Global Future

Helen Mountfield - 20th November 2012

David Cameron told the CBI on 19 November 2012 that he ‘got’ the need for changes of attitude in government, which he claimed were needed to strengthen Britain in a “global race”, in which “you are either quick or you’re dead”.  The detail of his proposals have serious ramifications for those who care about the […]

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The Quick and the Dead in Britain's Global Future

admin - 20th November 2012

David Cameron told the CBI on 19 November 2012 that he ‘got’ the need for changes of attitude in government, which he claimed were needed to strengthen Britain in a “global race”, in which “you are either quick or you’re dead”.  The detail of his proposals have serious ramifications for those who care about the […]

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OSCE Special Representative Maria Grazia Giammarinaro on the Role of Discrimination in Human Trafficking

Guest Contributor - 19th November 2012

By Maria Grazia Giammarinaro Human trafficking is a gross violation of human rights that occurs on a massive scale as vulnerable groups such as migrant workers are exploited by criminal groups. According to 2012 estimates by the International Labour Organization (ILO) 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour globally, though the organization stresses that […]

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Legal Aid in India: The Need for Strong Laws and High Minds

Guest Contributor - 18th November 2012

By Persis Sidhva The Indian legal system has been ineffective in promoting a pro bono culture. The Legal Services Authorities Act 1987 provides for free legal services to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, women and children without any qualification regarding their financial status, persons with disabilities, victims of human trafficking, persons with an annual income less than […]

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Studying Human Rights, Law and Practice

Guest Contributor - 17th November 2012

By Laurence Lustgarten After a busy two weeks on the blog,  Laurence Lustgarten asks us to step back and reflect on the study of human rights. ‘Human rights’ is a subject that increasingly attracts many public-spirited students around the world. For would-be lawyers, this usually means intense study of doctrine. Thirty years ago there was […]

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