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The Bedroom Tax: the First Six Months

Justin Bates 13th October 2013

Editor’s Note: Over the past few weeks we have featured posts on various aspects of the controversial ‘bedroom tax’.  Today, Justin Bates takes a closer look at the developing case law surrounding this issue. The UK ‘bedroom tax’ (Reg.B13, Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 (as amended)) came into force on April 1, 2013. It reduces housing […]

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Indian Supreme Court Upholds the Right to Negative Voting

Gautam Bhatia 9th October 2013

In late September, the Indian Supreme Court, in PUCL v. Union of India, upheld the constitutional right of citizens to cast a negative vote in elections. This judgment crystallizes an emerging theme in Indian constitutional jurisprudence: the connection between the constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression [Article 19(1)(a)] and parliamentary elections. In PUCL v. Union of India, […]

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German Federal Constitutional Court Says No Civilian War Damages for NATO Air Strike in Serbia

Menelaos Markakis 8th October 2013

The German Federal Constitutional Court has rejected constitutional complaints lodged by Serbian citizens in relation to a NATO air strike in the Serbian city of Varvarin on 30 May 1999. The claimants were Serbian citizens who brought an action against the Federal Republic of Germany seeking pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages for their own injuries and […]

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