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Proposal to make ‘disadvantaged socio-economic status’ a prohibited ground of discrimination under Irish law    

Jamie McLoughlin 13th March 2018

The Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017, was introduced in the lower house of the Irish Parliament at the end of last year and is currently working its way through the legislative process. The Bill proposes to amend existing equality and anti-discrimination legislation by inserting ‘disadvantaged socio-economic status’ as an additional ground upon which discrimination is […]

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Women’s Suffrage in Germany

Maja Beisenherz 12th March 2018

Given the political and constitutional history of the 18th and 19th centuries, universal suffrage and free and fair elections are a hard won freedom in Germany. Currently, Article 38 of the Basic Law of 1949 (Grundgesetz) states that ‘Members of the German Bundestag shall be elected in general, direct, free, equal and secret elections. They shall […]

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The future of law clinics: Part 2 – The Law Clinic in the University

John Fitzpatrick 11th March 2018

Earlier, I wrote about the role of law clinics as agents of social justice in a democracy. In this post, I will consider the institutional context in which law clinics operate. Universities have supported law clinics, amongst other reasons, because they enrich the academic study of law, allow students to gain vocationally relevant experience and […]

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