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Gender-Neutral Marriage and ‘Attenuated Discrimination’: Legal Developments in France

Guest Contributor 24th April 2013

by Professor Daniel Borrillo- During his election campaign, French president François Hollande announced as part of his political program: I want to fight against all forms of discrimination and to make available new civil rights : I will make available to homosexual couples the rights to marriage and adoption. Following this commitment, on November 7, 2012, […]

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The Arms Trade Treaty: A Small Step Forward

Guest Contributor 22nd April 2013

Following Dr Gilles Giacca’s post last Monday on the Arms Trade Treaty, Dr. Laurence Lustgarten argues that the Treaty is a historic accomplishment, but it has several limitations. It would be churlish not to welcome the Arms Trade Treaty. It is the first of its kind in world history: an attempt to establish universal standards […]

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Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Future of Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations Committed Abroad

Guest Contributor 21st April 2013

By Kate Mitchell – On 17 April 2013, the United States Supreme Court delivered judgment in Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum.  The Court held that the Alien Torts Statute (ATS) did not apply extraterritorially, shutting off an avenue previously embraced by human rights advocates for making corporations accountable for human rights abuses committed abroad. The […]

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Same-Sex Marriage: Bill N°344 Amidst France’s Wider Political Landscape

Guest Contributor 19th April 2013

By Delphine Rooz – On 12 April 2013, the French Senate adopted Bill n°344, which opens marriage to same-sex couples—a key issue among François Hollande’s promises during the 2012 presidential campaign. Earlier, the French Constitutional Court had ruled that the prohibition of same-sex marriage was not contrary to the Constitution. It therefore had to be addressed […]

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