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The bogey of judicial overreach in South Africa: A note on Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly

Mfundo Salukazana 14th March 2018

Discussions over the contours of the separation of powers principle in South Africa continue to smoulder. During President Jacob Zuma’s term, this dialogue was in overdrive mode. Recently, in Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly, and a few months before President Zuma resigned as president of South Africa, three opposition political parties […]

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Women’s Suffrage in Germany

Maja Beisenherz 12th March 2018

Given the political and constitutional history of the 18th and 19th centuries, universal suffrage and free and fair elections are a hard won freedom in Germany. Currently, Article 38 of the Basic Law of 1949 (Grundgesetz) states that ‘Members of the German Bundestag shall be elected in general, direct, free, equal and secret elections. They shall […]

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Revolution and Counter-revolution in Egypt’s Emergency State

Kira Allmann 9th March 2018

At the beginning of January, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi declared a three-month extension of a country-wide state of emergency that has been in effect since April 2017 in response to bombings at two Coptic churches. The extension was unremarkable in many ways. Egypt has existed under conditions of a de facto or de […]

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Reflections On The Rhodes University Travelling Fellowship

Ugochukwu Ezeh 22nd February 2018

As one of two holders of the inaugural Oxford Human Rights Hub Travelling Research Fellowship, I have had the valuable opportunity to work in the Law Faculty at Rhodes University, South Africa. Ranking among South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious universities, Rhodes University is situated in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province of the country. […]

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Women’s Suffrage in Chile

Paz Irarrázabal 16th February 2018

By the time that the Chilean poet and educator, Gabriela Mistral, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1945, women in her country were still disenfranchised in national elections. In Chile, as everywhere, women’s right to vote was the result of a long story of struggle. Since 1920 different women’s organizations campaigned to demand […]

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