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Access to Justice for Self-Represented Litigants?

Natasha Holcroft-Emmess 8th December 2012

Robin Knowles CBE QC and Natasha Holcroft-Emmess add to the voices on the OxHRH Blog warning of the threat to justice posed by impending budget cuts, particularly to self-represented litigants. On Friday 30th of November 2012, the UK Civil Justice Council (CJC) conducted a national forum to consider how to safeguard access to justice for the […]

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‘He Believed in People’: Remembering Arthur Chaskalson

Guest Contributor 7th December 2012

by Geoff Budlender Arthur Chaskalson, former Chief Justice of South Africa and a champion of human rights, passed away at the weekend. Geoff Budlender delivered the eulogy at his funeral this week.  This is an edited version of the text, which is available in full here. Arthur’s first career was as a practising advocate at […]

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Dismissal and the Band of Reasonable Responses; an unconventional approach to Convention rights?

Guest Contributor 4th December 2012

By Heather Williams QC The Court of Appeal recently decided in Turner v East Midlands Trains Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 1470 that the band of reasonable responses test (“BORR”), applied by Employment Tribunals to determine whether a dismissal is fair or unfair for the purposes of section 98(4) Employment Rights Act 1996, meets the standards […]

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US Decision Widens Suspect Class to Afford Protection to Same-Sex Couples

Karl Laird 3rd December 2012

By Karl Laird In an important judgment, Windsor v United States the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit considered whether section 3 of the Defence of Marriage Act 1996 (‘DOMA’) violates the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection.  Section 3 of DOMA states: “[i]n determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any […]

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