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Gender Recognition Reform – The Current Debate is Misconceived

Rachel Bowyer 4th October 2018

The Gender Recognition Act 2004 (‘GRA’) allows transgender people in England and Wales to be legally recognised in their new gender. The government has acknowledged that the current process is problematic and is consulting on reforms. The debate around the reforms has been fraught and filled with tension. The Home Affairs Select Committee is investigating […]

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Justice Kennedy’s Gay Rights Legacy

Luke A. Boso 3rd October 2018

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announced retirement left progressives reeling over what the Court’s inevitable rightward shift will mean for civil rights given Kennedy’s swing-vote status on cases implicating social issues.  Indeed, his presence was pivotal for gay rights.  Kennedy authored the Court’s most famous pro-gay decisions, many decided 5-4.  Kennedy’s gay rights legacy is complicated, however, […]

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South Africa decriminalises the private use, possession and cultivation of cannabis

Nabeelah Mia 2nd October 2018

On 18 September 2018, after more than a decade of perseverance by Mr Gareth Prince, his efforts finally saw fruition:  the Constitutional Court of South Africa decriminalised the use, possession and cultivation of cannabis in private for personal consumption in Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others v Prince and Others.  The matter arose […]

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The EU Can do More to Protect Religious Freedom

Adina Portaru 1st October 2018

On 4 September 2018, the European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance presented its fourth Annual Report on Freedom of Religion or Belief. The Report focuses on violations of freedom of religion or belief which happened outside the European Union in 2017, and sends out a clear message: the EU […]

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