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The Rock-Hard Foundation: Mandela Day, 18 July 2013

Kelly Stone 18th July 2013

“I pay tribute to the mothers and wives and sisters of our nation. You are the rock-hard foundation of our struggle.” – Nelson Mandela, February 1990 Nelson Mandela spoke these words upon his release from Robben Island on 11 February 1990, after serving twenty-seven years as a political prisoner. Fueled by an uncompromising vision for a free […]

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Abortion Law Reforms in Ireland

Mairead Enright 18th July 2013

In A, B & C v. Ireland  the European Court of Human Rights held that Ireland must end its 20-year delay in legislating for the limited constitutional right to abortion, recognised by the Supreme Court in a case famously known as X. The Dáil passed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill on Friday July 12th, in the […]

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A Human Rights Act for Australia: a transfer of power to the High Court, or a more democratic form of judicial decision-making?

Emma Hoiberg 17th July 2013

Australia is the only Western country without some form of a national Bill of Rights. In 2008, the National Human Rights Consultation Committee, established by the federal government, recommended that Australia introduce a Human Rights Act based on the UK Human Rights Act 1998. Interestingly, the arguments raised in opposition to an Australian Human Rights […]

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