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Legalization of Abortion on Three Grounds in Chile

Ligia De Jesús Castaldi 1st February 2018

After having a full abortion ban for over 100 years and the lowest maternal mortality rate in Latin America, Chile created three non-punishable exceptions to its abortion ban in September of 2017, after the Senate approved, by a slim margin, legislation introduced by President Michelle Bachelet. Chile’s former abortion ban allowed only indirect, not direct […]

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Why Artificial Intelligence is Already a Human Rights Issue

Daniel Cullen 31st January 2018

 Last month, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Professor Philip Alston released a statement following his official visit to the United States. Beyond many issues around taxation, healthcare and housing, his report evaluated the impacts of new information technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), on the poorest Americans. One example given was the […]

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing:  The Promise and Reality of U.S. Tax Reform

Elaine Wilson 30th January 2018

The U.S. tax reform law is dangerous for poor and lower middle-class families.  Superficially, this legislation may seem to benefit low income workers – that is exactly why it is so dangerous.  Just like the wolf in sheep’s clothing, the benign (or even beneficial) immediate impact of the bill temporarily disguises its deeply troubling long-term consequences. […]

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Argentine Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Religion Classes in Public Schools

Sergio Giuliano 29th January 2018

In the recent case “Castillo c. Provincia de Salta”, the Argentine Supreme Court declared the unconstitutionality of a provincial norm that imposed religious education in public schools during school hours. The Court held that, while facially neutral and while allowing the possibility of parents to opt their children out of the classes, the norm violated […]

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