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“Butcher of Bosnia” Found Guilty of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and Violations of the Laws or Customs of War

Amanda Hukanović - 23rd November 2017

As forecast earlier this week, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia delivered the long-awaited guilty verdict to the infamous “Butcher of Bosnia”, Ratko Mladić. As the dust of yesterday’s judgment begins to settle, a comprehensive analysis of the Court’s findings is an essential component of beginning to understand its implications on the lives […]

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Farooqui v State Government of Delhi: Confusing Consent

Severyna Magill - 22nd November 2017

The recent Delhi High Court judgment acquitting Mahmood Farooqui of rape is problematic as it appears to create a new test for  consent  The court held  that a ‘no’, even when articulated, is not enough to demonstrate a lack of consent.  A lack of consent must be expressed in such a way that “the appellant […]

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Uber and Out: Yet Another Victory for the Rights of Uber Drivers

Sandra Fredman - 21st November 2017

In the UK Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) last week, Uber lost the latest case brought against it by its drivers. Across the world, a succession of lawsuits have sought to argue, usually with success, that Uber’s drivers are able to avail themselves of at least some of the protections of employment law. This is a […]

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Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and Violations of the Laws of War: Will the final “Butcher of Bosnia” judgment bring justice to victims?

Amanda Hukanović - 20th November 2017

The dissolution of Yugoslavia, fuelling genocide and mass-scale atrocities in the region, set the stage for a tumultuous future of the apprehension of perpetrators and a quest for justice for victims. The establishment of an ad hoc international court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, following UN Security Council Resolution 827, aimed to assist […]

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Coup and Constitution in Zimbabwe Part 1: The Military Action is Profoundly Unconstitutional

Jason Brickhill - 18th November 2017

On 14 November 2017, the Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) took control of key parts of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare. Military personnel placed tanks and military vehicles on arterial roads, seized the public broadcaster and state daily newspaper, and occupied the Presidential residence, State House. A number of Cabinet Ministers and other officials were also detained. The […]

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Offences Against Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore: Vindicating The Victim’s Right to Dignity

Benjamin Joshua Ong - 17th November 2017

The High Court of Singapore recently increased the sentences of two employers who had starved their foreign domestic worker, causing serious physical injury. In so doing, the court affirmed the victim’s right to human dignity despite the relative leniency of the charge. This case prompts reflection not only on the vulnerability of foreign domestic workers […]

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Child Marriage before the Indian Supreme Court

Disha Chaudhry - 16th November 2017

The Supreme Court of India on 11th October 2017 ruled that sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his minor wife would amount to rape for the purposes of Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. The Court has read down Exception 2 to Section 375 which reads “Sexual intercourse or sexual […]

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Australia Denies Political Participation as an Indigenous Human Right

Dominic O'Sullivan - 15th November 2017

Political participation is a human right affirmed and contextualised for indigenous peoples under the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Australia was one of four post-settler colonial states to vote against the Declaration in 2007. However, in 2009 it reversed its objection. It had come to accept that the Declaration was not […]

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‘12 year a non-compliance’: redress at last?

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler - 13th November 2017

Last week, the UK government announced its intention to change the Prison Service Guidance so as to allow prisoners towards the end of their (less than one year) imprisonment sentence ‘on day release’ who are  still on the (annually updated) electoral register to vote in all UK elections. Prisoners would not be allowed to re-register […]

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