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Human Rights and the UK Constitution

Colm OCinneide 28th September 2012

UK human rights law has been the subject of considerable controversy over the past few years. A new report that I have written for the British Academy Policy Centre, Human Rights and the UK Constitution, aims to clarify the central issues at stake in this debate. Completion of the report was overseen by a steering […]

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Reanimating Equality

Davina Cooper 25th September 2012

How do equality norms look when visualised through the lens of a social practice? In this post, Dr Cooper challenges existing conceptions of these norms using the example of public nudism.  Brian Coldin was prosecuted in 2011 for using a restaurant drive-thru in Ontario without clothes. This year, Britain’s “naked rambler”, Stephen Gough, was back […]

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Horizontal Application of the Right to Education in India

Jayna Kothari 13th September 2012

A Full Bench of the Supreme Court of India delivered the long awaited judgment on the constitutionality of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (RTE Act). The case arose out of a series of petitions filed by several private aided and unaided schools, challenging the RTE Act and specifically Section […]

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Elusive Equalities Workshop: Live-blog

Import Import 10th September 2012

This week Laura Hilly and Chris McConnachie will be live-blogging from the Oxford Human Rights Hub’s inaugural workshop, ‘Elusive Equalities: Sex, Gender and Women’, taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday in Oxford.   Leading academics and practitioners from nine countries will explore barriers to achieving gender equality and how human rights frameworks can be used to […]

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Trapped between the Fences

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler 10th September 2012

Following Laura’s post on new Australian policies on asylum seekers, events on Israel’s border with Egypt shed light yet again on the Israeli government’s (mis)handling of (primarily Eritrean and Sudanese) asylum seekers. For a week, a group of about 20 Eritreans fleeing Egypt have been trapped, after they crossed the rather flimsy Egyptian fence into Israeli territory, only […]

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