Internet Shutdowns: The Irony of a Digital Nation?

Mihika Poddar and Shardha Rajam - 5th July 2018

Between January to May (2018) alone, the Indian government imposed 55 internet shutdowns. An internet shutdown disrupts all electronic communications and services within a geographical location. Often, neither the reason for, nor the duration of these shutdowns is made transparent. In a digital age, these shutdowns interfere with much more than just free speech because they hinder […]

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Governance Gaps Lead to the Displacement of People Living in Rural Communities in Zambia

Mwai Daka - 4th July 2018

In Zambia, gaps in governance are allowing commercial farmers to contravene the law. This has resulted in the physical displacement and dispossession of native rural communities as well as the decline in subsistence farming relied on by poor households for survival. Recently, the Food First International and Action Network raised concerns over the financing of the […]

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HM Chief Inspector v Interim Executive of Al-Hijrah School: Religious Conviction is Not a Solvent of Legal Obligation

John Bowers QC - 3rd July 2018

The most interesting feature of the case of HM Chief Inspector v Interim  Executive of Al Hijrah School [2018] IRLR 334 is the split between the reasoning of the majority (Etherton MR and Beatson LJ) and minority (Gloster LJ) in the Court of Appeal. Although they agreed in the result (that there was unlawful discrimination […]

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“A New Form of Discrimination”: Civil Partnerships for Different-Sex Couples in the UK Supreme Court

Marlena Valles - 2nd July 2018

Civil partnerships were introduced by the New Labour government in the UK in 2005 to give same-sex couples many of the protections and rights afforded to married couples without actually extending the right to marry. In 2014 same-sex couples were granted the right to marry but the civil partnership status was not revoked. This created […]

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New Legislation Promoting the Right to Health in Karnataka, India

Jehosh Paul - 29th June 2018

After a long standoff between private doctors and the Government of Karnataka, India, The Karnataka Medical Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed to amend The Karnataka Medical Establishment Act, 2007 which had failed to secure the right to healthcare. The private healthcare sector in Karnataka lacked any regulation to ensure the minimum standards required of […]

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Why There is No Right of Return

Alon Harel - 28th June 2018

Previously, on this blog, Ms. Loureen Sayej wrote an interesting article entitled Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return in International Law, arguing in favor of a right of return of Palestinians. I am of the view that this approach is misguided. In this post I will make two arguments. First I will argue that […]

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Adrian Coman v. Romania: A Small Victory with Wasted Potential

Daron Tan - 19th June 2018

On 5 June 2018, the CJEU released its much-anticipated judgment on Adrian Coman and Others v. Romania. This followed from Advocate General Wathelet’s Opinion on 11 January 2018. In the EU, Directive 2004/38 grants the “spouse” of a EU citizen an automatic right to residence. In Coman, the ECJ was faced with the question of […]

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The EU Withdrawal Bill in the Commons: Parliament surrendering control?

Sionaidh Douglas Scott - 18th June 2018

Last week, the EU Withdrawal Bill returned to the Commons, so MPs could scrutinise and vote on amendments made to it by the House of Lords. The Bill survived its passage in the House of Commons last year relatively intact, with only one amendment carried against the Government. Things were different, however, in the Lords, […]

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Landmark Judgment for Women’s Rights

David Russell - 14th June 2018

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom concluded on the 7th June 2018 that Northern Ireland’s laws on termination of pregnancy are incompatible with human rights. More specifically, in situations of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality a majority of the judges concluded that the law breaches the right to private life protected by article […]

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