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Hong Kong’s Constitutional Crossroads: to Pocket or Not to Pocket?

Mathias Cheung 6th May 2015

On 22 April 2015, the Hong Kong Government finally unveiled the reform package to introduce elections by universal suffrage of the Chief Executive, Hong Kong’s head of government. Currently, the Chief Executive is selected by a Beijing-controlled Election Committee comprising 1,200 members. Mrs Anson Chan, convenor of Hong Kong 2020, rightly criticised the package while […]

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Britain’s Human Rights Agenda – Bringing Rights into the Home

Mathias Cheung 25th April 2015

In a speech to the UN in 1958, Eleanor Roosevelt famously remarked, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home… they are the world of the individual person… Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.” That is precisely what Britain’s human rights agenda has yet […]

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ConstitutionUK – What Role for Human Rights in a New Constitution?

Conor Gearty and Daniel Regan 19th April 2015

The role of human rights in our political and constitutional order has been something of a burning issue in the lead up to the election. Last October, the Conservative party announced their plan to fundamentally alter the way human rights work in the UK if they get into power after the next general election. At […]

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The International Human Rights Law Responsibilities of NGOs

Noam Schimmel 20th March 2015

The international human rights law (IHRL) system is predicated on the principle of state responsibility to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights. However, the desire to extend the applicability of IHRL beyond the state is beginning to gain nascent traction, as demonstrated by the UN’s efforts to create legally binding IHRL on corporations. Nonetheless, such […]

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