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Scoppola v Italy (No. 3): Getting Prisoner Voting Right?

Natasha Holcroft-Emmess 13th August 2012

In Scoppola v Italy (No. 3) (Application no. 126/05, 22 May 2012) the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights once again engaged with the vexed issue of prisoners’ voting rights. Italian legislation permanently disenfranchised prisoners convicted of specific offences against the State and those sentenced to more than five years’ incarceration. The […]

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Election of the new Belgian Judge to the ECtHR: An all-male short list demonstrates questionable commitment to gender equality

Adelaide Remiche 12th August 2012

  On the 24thApril 2012, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected the new Belgian judge to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Paul Lemmens, from an all male short list presented to PACE by the Belgian Government, in contravention of its Council of Europe obligations. Although the European Convention does […]

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Article 14 ECHR: the Elusive Other Status

Claire Overman 9th August 2012

The recent judgment of Swift v Secretary of State for Justice [2012] EWHC 2000 (QB) raises some interesting questions regarding the operation of article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”). The case concerned a claim for tortious damages under s1(3)(b) Fatal Accidents Act 1976. As the claimant, the deceased’s unmarried partner, had not […]

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Mind the Gap: the Joan Fitzpatrick Memorial Lecture on Poverty and Equality delivered by Professor Sandra Fredman

Laura Hilly 6th August 2012

On 24 July 2012, Professor Sandra Fredman delivered the 9th annual Joan Fitzpatrick Memorial Lecture. In light of an austere economic climate, Professor Fredman delivered a timely call for a new understanding of substantive equality that can cast light on the experience of poverty and the ways law can address it. She argued that the […]

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The New Politics of Socio-Economic Rights

Dennis Davis 26th July 2012

The wave of constitutional democracy, which was generated during the latter part of the previous century, has ensured that the enforcement of socio-economic rights have become central to contemporary constitutional debates.  At the most obvious level of justification for the inclusion of these rights within a constitution lies the argument that they enhance democracy by […]

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