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Sir Keir Starmer’s Blackstone Lecture: “Human Rights: Can Britain go it Alone? And Should We?”

Shama Abbasi 2nd December 2015

On 21st November, the annual Blackstone Lecture at Pembroke College was delivered by Sir Keir Starmer, the well known human rights barrister and former Director of Public Prosecutions turned Labour Member of Parliament. Under the title ‘Human Rights: Can Britain go it Alone? And Should We?’, Sir Starmer confronted the challenges that have been levelled […]

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An Overview of Developments in the Process of Judicial Appointments in India

Mythili Vijay Kumar Thallam 27th November 2015

As highlighted in Arghya Sengupta’s post on judicial appointments in India appearing on the Blog early this year, the history of the process of appointment of judges to the constitutional courts (the High Courts and the Supreme Court) of India, is the result of struggle between the political executive and the judiciary for primacy. This […]

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Dominic Grieve on the Human Rights Act: St Hugh’s College, Oxford—13 November 2015

Ian McDonald 24th November 2015

The Human Rights Act (HRA) is one of the most significant pieces of constitutional reform in Britain. Certain sections of the Conservative Party, though, enthusiastically encouraged by parts of the popular press, have spent much of the last decade attacking it, citing grievances ranging from European interference to judicial activism. All of which culminated in […]

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The Chinese Human Rights Roundup

Tasha Frazie 11th November 2015

Human rights lawyers are internationally perceived as crusaders, advocating for basic human rights for all mankind. But what happens when the lawyers themselves, not the clients, are the ones subject to human rights violations? Approximately three months ago, the Chinese government rounded up, questioned, and jailed over two hundred human rights lawyers, their associates, and […]

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The Mau Mau Litigation – Justice at Last

Daniel Leader 3rd November 2015

It is rare for the British Government to apologise for state sponsored human rights abuses, particularly if they took place over 50 years ago.  But in September 2015 the British High Commissioner to Kenya unveiled an unprecedented memorial in Nairobi to the victims of colonial era torture.  The memorial was the final part of the […]

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