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Were the Kenyan Presidential Elections, 2017 a true reflection of the electorate’s will? An interrogation of the answer given by the Supreme Court of Kenya

Kendi Mutungi and Murimi Karani 7th November 2017

The determination on the exercise and protection of the electorate’s political rights was before the bench in the Supreme Court of Kenya’s decision in Raila Amolo Odinga & Anor v Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission & Others. The decision was unique and historic not only because it is the second in Africa to annul a […]

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Lest We Forget About Iraqi Christians

Lord David Alton and Ewelina Ochab 6th November 2017

Following UN Security Council Resolution 2379 establishing the Investigative Team in Iraq,  the painful and arduous task of assembling evidence to bring Daesh fighters responsible for genocide against religious minorities in Iraq to justice will finally soon begin. However, the pursuit of justice also requires the survivors to be given practical help in rebuilding their […]

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Civilian Victims of the Conflicts Over Oil Refineries in Kirkuk

Saeed Bagheri 4th November 2017

On 15 September the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (KRG) held an independence referendum, in which a majority of the non-Kurdish people of the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk did not participate. Kurdish Peshmerga forces took control of Kirkuk after the Iraqi army abandoned its posts in a rapid collapse before the Islamic State’s offensive nearby in 2014. After […]

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QT v Director of Immigration: recognising overseas same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in immigration policy

Karen Tsang 2nd November 2017

On 25 September 2017, the Hong Kong Court of Appeal ruled that partners in overseas same-sex marriages and civil partnerships are eligible to apply for spousal dependant visas in Hong Kong. It overturned the lower court’s decision which had held that, in line with the heterosexual definition of marriage under Section 40 of the Marriage […]

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Bărbulescu v. Romania: The Next Step in the Continuing Struggle for Standards for Workplace Communication Monitoring

Gaurav Mukherjee 31st October 2017

On 5 September, the Grand Chamber (GC) of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered its judgment in Bărbulescu v. Romania (hereinafter Bărbulescu GC Judgment). The central question which confronted the GC was a determination of whether an employer’s surveillance of an employee’s workplace correspondence, without their explicit informed consent, violated their right to […]

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