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In Unregulated Spaces: Empowering Female Migrant Workers from India

Siddharth Sonkar and Sumedha Pal 6th August 2018

On 4 May 2018, Sheeja Das, an Indian migrant worker, was forced to jump off her employer’s residence in Muscat, Oman, to save herself from on-going violence. Sheeja broke her spine and legs – she will never able to live her life the same way again. On March 16, 2017, 46 year old Haseena Begum, also […]

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Release of landmark report into the education of students with disability in Victoria, Australia

Claire Spivakovsky and Eleanor Jenkin 2nd August 2018

Around one in every six students in the Australian state of Victoria lives and learns with disability. On 29 June 2018 the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University released a landmark report into the educational experiences and outcomes of these students within mainstream government schools. Under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights […]

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Is the restitution of land in the ‘public interest’?

Lee-Anne Germanos 1st August 2018

In the wake of public hearings taking place around South Africa concerning the Parliamentary motion to review and amend the compensation provisions for the lawful expropriation of land contained in section 25 of the 1996 Constitution, the legal barriers to removing such a requirement seem to have been simplified to a mere amendment of wording. […]

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A Masterpiece of Judicial Avoidance?  

Roman Friedrich 31st July 2018

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 584 U.S. (2018), the U.S. Supreme Court’s blockbuster case, has been decided. The questions in dispute: 1. Can a person, exercising religious beliefs, claim an exemption from anti-discrimination laws? 2. Can a person be forced to engage in speech that goes against this person’s religious belief? These […]

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