Welcome to the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog!

Promoting dialogue between human rights researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from around the world.

Original contributions on recent human rights law developments across the globe, including case law, current litigation, legislation, policy-making and activism are welcome.

To contribute, read our guidelines or contact our editorial team:

10766 OxHRH Infographic

Environmental Human Rights in the Trump Era: Modes of Resistance and Reform

Nicholas Stump 23rd January 2017

The ecological ramifications of the Trump administration may well prove catastrophic. Climate change denial and problematic fossil fuel positions featured prominently in the President’s campaign; post-election, far-right nominations and policy stances have seemingly confirmed the administration’s dire trajectory. Thus, environmental human rights—i.e., normative guarantees inter alia to clean water and air—are imperiled in the U.S., […]

Read full article »

Donald Trump is President: What are the Implications for the Death Penalty?

Alice Storey 21st January 2017

Prior to the election of Donald Trump, death penalty abolitionists were quietly confident that capital punishment was nearing its inevitable end in the United States. The number of executions has been falling year-on-year; in 2015 the US executed 28 people, a relatively low number when compared with the 60 executions which took place in 2005. […]

Read full article »

Access to information in order to speak freely: Is this a right under the European Convention?

Lucy Maxwell 19th January 2017

If access to government information is “necessary” for you to investigate and communicate about matters of “obvious public interest”, you may have a right to that information, according to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.  In a much-anticipated judgment, the Grand Chamber has found that the right to freedom of expression […]

Read full article »

Foreign Legal Assistance applications: a strategy to advance accountability for transnational human rights abuses

Tamara Morgenthau 18th January 2017

In 2014, 40 million liters of toxic mining waste spilled from the Buenavista del Cobre copper mine into the Bacanuchi and Sonora Rivers, contaminating the water source of over 25,000 people. The Buenavista del Cobre spill is considered Mexico’s worst mining disaster in recent history. Through the Sonora River Basin Committees (Comités de Cuenca Río […]

Read full article »