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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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Waking Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bedroom Tax

Natasha Holcroft-Emmess 7th October 2013

To politicians and lawyers, the ‘bedroom tax’ is just media shorthand for statutory rules relating to housing benefit reductions for under-occupancy of housing association property, ushered in by the Welfare Reform Act 2012. To the many individuals affected by the policy, however, it represents a loss of security which is much more personal and tangible. […]

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The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration

Martin Ruhs 6th October 2013

There are trade-offs in the labour immigration policies of high-income countries between openness to admitting migrant workers and some of the rights granted to migrants after admission.  This is a key finding arising out of new research examining labour immigration policies in over 45 high-income countries, as well as policy drivers in major migrant-receiving and […]

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Ten Thousand Miles from Wall Street: Muldoon v. Melbourne City Council

Ryan Goss 4th October 2013

Melbourne is ten thousand miles from Wall Street. And yet, as a Federal Court of Australia decision demonstrated this week, the legal ramifications of the Occupy Wall Street movement are no less significant for the distance. In Muldoon v Melbourne City Council, North J of the Federal Court largely dismissed a number of applications made […]

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Quashing Legislation Mandating Lengthy Detention of Asylum-seekers: A Resolute yet Cautious Israeli Supreme Court Judgment

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler 3rd October 2013

The Israeli Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, handed down a unanimous judgment quashing the 2012 Law for the Prevention of Infiltration (amendment no. 3 and temporary order) which mandated near-automatic 3 year detention of ‘infiltrators’ (the judgment is presently available only in Hebrew; the petition, also in Hebrew, is available here). As I have argued elsewhere, […]

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