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Universal jurisdiction to the rescue: a way forward for victims of Franco-era crimes of gender-based violence?

Lucy Geddes 25th January 2019

Between the years of 1960 and 1974, Spanish lawyer and feminist activist Lidia Falcón O’Neill was detained seven times by security police on behalf of the Franco government, because of her protests against the regime. On five of these occasions, she alleges that she was brutally tortured, including being hung from a hook in the […]

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The Dollars and Cents of Human Rights: The UN Guiding Principles on Economic Reform and Human Rights

Meghan Campbell and Ben Warwick 24th January 2019

Whoever would have predicted that the cutting edge of human rights work would take us to ‘Automatic Exchange of Information’ agreements or unutilised reserves? Due to an ever-increasing and overdue realisation that human rights must venture into economic, budgetary and fiscal spaces in order to be effective. Tax laws, privatization, austerity, economic, labour and environmental […]

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The UK Supreme Court and the Gay Marriage Cake: Is ‘Indissociability’ Half-baked?

Alex Benn 21st January 2019

Giving the judgment of the court in Lee v Ashers Baking Co (2018), Lady Hale discusses ‘indissociability’ when determining whether direct discrimination has occurred. Indissociability refers to circumstances in which the criterion used ‘is not the protected characteristic itself but some proxy for it’ (paragraph 25). Lady Hale points to Preddy v Bull (2013), where […]

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And then there were none: the decline of the right to access a lawyer?

Lillian Li and Joris Bertrand 18th January 2019

On 9 November 2018, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in Beuze v Belgium that withholding a suspect’s right to legal assistance during police custody in the absence of compelling reasons, by virtue of statutory restrictions, is not contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention) if […]

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The European Court of Human Rights’ judgment in Molla Sali: A call for Greece to modernise its system for national-minority protection?

Stephanos Stavros 17th January 2019

Greece is one of eight Council of Europe member states not to have ratified the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It has, nevertheless, kept in place a system for safeguarding certain distinct identities, the origins of which are to be traced in pre-WWII treaties still governing important aspects of its relations with […]

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