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What Price Human Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland?

Colin Harvey 16th June 2017

Northern Ireland is figuring prominently in the news again. This time it is the discussions between the Conservative Party and the DUP on the formation of a workable new British government. Developments have provoked much criticism, derision and even satirical comment. Quite a bit is directed towards human rights and equality themes. Whatever emerges officially […]

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Abortion, Autonomy And The Deep Blue Sea: The Supreme Court’s Decision In R (On The Application Of A And B) v Secretary Of State For Health

Helen Mountfield 14th June 2017

The question in this case was whether the Secretary of State, who had power to make provision for the functioning of the NHS in England, was legally obliged to make directions enabling women who were citizens of the UK, but who were usually resident in Northern Ireland, to terminate a pregnancy in England under the […]

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The DUP’s Worrying Human Rights Record

Fiona de Londras 13th June 2017

As talks between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) continue in the UK, the DUP’s positions on human rights are of general interest. Although the Conservative Party manifesto committed to maintaining the Human Rights Act 1998 and membership of the European Convention on Human Rights for the life of the next Parliament, […]

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After Liberation From Daesh – Realising the Right to Return?

Ewelina U. Ochab 12th June 2017

As the world focuses on the debates surrounding US President Trump’s foreign policy, especially the recently introduced travel ban, little attention has been paid to what it means in practical terms for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are forced to return home. Can, for example, Iraqi refugees and IDPs safely return to their […]

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Treaty Amendments and Access to Justice at the East African Court

Tetevi Davi 9th June 2017

On 31 March 2017 the East African Court of Justice (‘the Court’) handed down its judgment in the case of Steven Deniss v The Attorney General of Burundi et al.. This judgment deals with important questions regarding the Court’s power to assess the legality of amendments to the Treaty for the Establishment of the East […]

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