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ICESCR Optional Protocol: Reconciling Standards of Review

Adelaide Remiche 16th July 2013

Until very recently, there was no individual complaint procedure for a violation of the rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR); for almost forty years, the only way to monitor the implementation of the ICESCR was through the reporting mechanism. With the entry into force of the Optional Protocol […]

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Cash Transfers from Mineral Resource Wealth: Evidence from Africa

Maniza Naqvi 15th July 2013

In a previous post, Maniza Naqvi discussed how cash transfers from natural resource wealth revenues have the potential to reduce poverty in resource-rich countries. In this post, she discusses how direct dividends from natural resource wealth could benefit the African continent. Marcelo Giugale, World Bank’s Director of Economic Policy and Poverty Reduction Programs for Africa, […]

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Vinter v UK – Why The Majority Are Right To Find That Whole Life Orders Violate Article 3 ECHR

Natasha Holcroft-Emmess 12th July 2013

The European Court of Human Rights’ recent decision in Vinter v UK will inevitably come under fire for infringing abstract notions of subsidiarity and the Court criticised for meddling in national affairs (see the prediction in Claire Overman’s blog post for the Oxford Human Rights Hub earlier this week). The present post outlines some of the […]

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John Eekelaar on the response to Abu Qatada’s deportation

John Eekelaar 11th July 2013

It is depressing that some politicians are using the Abu Qatada case to denigrate our system for protecting human rights when we should be thankful that it has shown the high value the system places on justice and acceptance that use of evidence procured by torture is a denial of justice. In forcing a reluctant […]

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