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A Human Rights Act for Queensland

Jack Maxwell 26th November 2018

Queensland is soon to be the third Australian jurisdiction with a statutory bill of rights. Earlier this month, the Queensland Labor Government introduced the Human Rights Bill 2018 (Qld) to Parliament. While not perfect, the Bill is a significant step forward for human rights in Australia. Australia has limited constitutional protections for human rights, and […]

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Justice Kennedy’s Justice for Juveniles: Roper’s Reach

Esther Hong 26th November 2018

In the field of juvenile justice, Justice Kennedy is most recognized for his Eighth Amendment sentencing decisions.  Principally, in 2005, he authored the opinion Roper v. Simmons, which abolished the death penalty for juveniles who committed offenses when they were “older than 15 but younger than 18” years old.  At first blush, Roper appears to […]

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A Small Success for LGBT Rights in Russia

Olivia Rani Bessant 21st November 2018

Maxim Neverov, 16, was the first minor charged for ‘promoting homosexuality,’ under the Russian Federal Law, “On Protection of Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development” passed in 2010. This law prohibits the distribution of ‘harmful’ material amongst young people, including material which ‘may elicit fear, horror, or panic in children.’ In 2013, […]

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UK Reform of Gender Recognition and the Commission for Equality and Human Rights

Julius Komorowski 20th November 2018

The UK Government’s consultation on reforming the  Gender Recognition Act 2004 proposes making it easier for trans people to change legal sex or gender. Commentary supporting reform has relied upon the Commission for Equality and Human Rights’ longstanding guidance on the Equality Act 2010. But the Commission’s consultation response is inconsistent with that advice. Their […]

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