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Proposals to End Free Travel for Most Post-16 Special Educational Needs and Disability students in Oxfordshire Limits Right to Education  

Marie Tidball 12th June 2018

On 19th June, Oxfordshire County Council will decide whether to end free travel for most Post-16 Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) students, as proposed in its Home to School Travel Consultation. If passed, the County’s proposals will make consistent school attendance for SEND young people more difficult and reduce their independence. In BBC coverage […]

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The Sexist Intestacy Laws Governing Hindu Women In India: Grounds for a successful constitutional challenge?

Meera Manoj 11th June 2018

The vast Hindu population of India of 95 million is subject to sexist and unconstitutional inheritance norms under the Hindu Succession Act of 1956. Several of its provisions are vulnerable to constitutional challenge under Article 15 of the Indian Constitution which prohibits discrimination on grounds of sex. The test here, is whether discrimination is solely based […]

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Masterpiece Cakeshop and Discriminatory Intent

Luke A. Boso 8th June 2018

On July 19, 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Colorado, asking the owner, Jack Phillips, to design and create a cake for their upcoming wedding. Phillips refused because he is religiously opposed to same-sex marriage. Craig and Mullins filed a discrimination charge with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, alleging sexual-orientation […]

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Unveiling Judicial Neutrality: Do Headscarves belong in German Courtrooms?

Shino Ibold 4th June 2018

In Germany headscarf bans in a variety of public institutions have sparked large disagreement in society and posed a challenge for courts and legislatures for some time. The most recent debate regards headscarf bans for judges and legal trainees. The Federal Constitutional Court (FCC), in its decision on interim measures of 27 June 2017, denied […]

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