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Falling into gaps and getting stuck in traps: Post-18 transition for young people with learning difficulties

Charlotte Kelly 4th March 2018

Connor Sparrowhawk, a young man of 18 with autism and epilepsy, was admitted to Slade House after he became increasingly agitated by changes as he prepared to leave school and transition into receiving adult social care services. Slade House was an Assessment and Treatment Unit/ Centre designed for short-term crisis management for people with learning […]

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The Hidden Cost of the Death Penalty in India

Shubhangi Agarwalla 2nd March 2018

The death penalty needs to have significant social benefits, not attainable with the next most severe form of punishment, life imprisonment, for it to be justified. Existing arguments already show how death penalty fails this test by drawing attention to the inherent barbarity of the punishment, the arbitrary way it is inflicted and the lack […]

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Negotiating Public Spaces, Equal Access, and Disability Rights in India

Vandita Khanna 1st March 2018

In December 2017, the Supreme Court of India directed the Union Government to take adequate measures for proper and safe access to public spaces, roads, transport facilities, and movement on footpaths for visually disabled persons. The case of Rajive Rature v. Union of India and Ors is a landmark judgment for persons with disabilities, because […]

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Women’s Suffrage in Colombia: Saving Face While Remaining the Same

Isabel C. Jaramillo Sierra 28th February 2018

Colombian women were granted to right to vote in 1954 and voted for the first time in 1957. Interestingly, the reform was part of the transitional package designed to overcome the civil unrest that had spilled the blood of many Colombians in the preceding five years; a period that would be later known as “La […]

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India’s ‘One Woman Quota’ on Board of Directors Fails to Bring About Gender Equality

Ayushi Agarwal 28th February 2018

India’s law mandating quotas for women on the board of directors allows scope for tokenism, doesn’t facilitate retention of women and falls short of the required “critical mass”. It has therefore failed to achieve its desired objective.  Much has been written about the need for and consequences of boardroom gender diversity. Many differences have been […]

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