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The worrisome casual approach to (dis)enfranchisement

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler 24th February 2014

Lord Phillips’ recent lecture at Oxford (entitled ‘The Elastic Jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights’) critiqued, inter alia, the application by the Strasbourg court of its long-standing ‘living instrument’ (Tyrer) ECHR interpretation to the treaty’s jurisdiction clause, Article 1 (Al Skeini, contra Bankovic). Lord Phillips highlighted the UK’s 8.5 year breach of its […]

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Third Conference of States Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights: Another Brick on the Wall (or is it another brick off?)

Ignacio de Casas 12th February 2014

On January 21st and 22nd, the Third Conference of States Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) took place in Montevideo, Uruguay. Once again, Ecuador was working behind the scenes, pushing for reforms that it was unable to achieve months before through the “Process of Strengthening of the Inter-American System for the Protection […]

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Lord Sumption on ‘The Limits of Law’

Thomas Raine 20th December 2013

In the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Lecture, given in Kuala Lumpur on 20th November, Lord Sumption, Justice of the UK Supreme Court, again stepped into the debate over the appropriate role of courts in human rights adjudication. The lecture expressed concern over the judicial role and sought to defend legislative decision making about rights. First, […]

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Naz Foundation: Reading Down the Supreme Court

Sudhir Krishnaswamy 13th December 2013

There is no doubt that the Supreme Court in Suresh Kumar v Naz Foundation held that section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalizes ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature,’ was constitutionally valid. The court overruled the 2009 Delhi High Court decision which had read down section 377 to exclude ‘consensual sexual acts […]

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