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Access to Justice: A Facet of Gender Equality

Meghan Campbell - 19th August 2015

In its last session, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) released its thirty-third General Recommendation on women’s access to justice. This blog has detailed the developments around the world that have significantly impeded the individual’s right to access justice. Given that both men and women are disadvantaged by cuts to […]

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"You Have the Right to an Attorney that We Approve of”: Right to Counsel under Iran's New Criminal Procedure Code

Mohammad Nayyeri - 14th July 2015

Under Iran’s new Criminal Procedure Code only lawyers pre-approved by the Head of the Judiciary may intervene during the investigation stage in security related cases. This is a huge blow to the already embattled right to counsel in Iran and violates the right of accused persons to instruct independent legal counsel of their own choosing. […]

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The Legality of the Detained Appeal Process: Detention Action v First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) & Ors [2015]

Catherine Briddick - 18th June 2015

The case concerns a challenge, brought by Detention Action in the High Court of England and Wales (and the latest in a series of challenges), to the legality of the detained appeal process created by the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Rules 2014 SI 2014 No. 2604 (the FTT Rules). In most […]

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Public Access to Court Documents as a Manifestation of Open Justice

Helen Taylor - 11th June 2015

Success for Oxford Pro Bono Publico and the Legal Resources Centre as the South African Supreme Court of Appeal affirms the principle of open justice in City of Cape Town v South African National Roads Authority Limited & others (20786/14) [2015] ZASCA 58. The public administration of justice is a long-established principle of the common […]

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CrowdJustice: Looking Forward for Human Rights and Public Interest Cases

Julia Salasky - 9th June 2015

What is the future of human rights and public interest litigation?  At the moment we are confronting existential threats to the Human Rights Act, judicial review and legal aid. These changes to law and policy, ranging from the overt to the subtle, impinge fundamentally on normal people’s ability to access justice, to challenge government decisions […]

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Grayling’s Enhance Court Fees: how to pay lip-service to Magna Carta

Mathias Cheung - 19th March 2015

On 9th March 2015, the Civil Proceedings and Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2015 came into force in England and Wales and introduced ‘enhanced’ court fees – enhanced in the quantitative but not the qualitative sense. The Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, has added yet another crowning jewel to his arsenal of justice-axing statutory instruments.  Mr […]

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The Equality Agenda in 2015: Part II- Access to Justice

Bob Hepple - 9th March 2015

In the second instalment of Professor Sir Bob Hepple’s ‘Equality Agenda in 2015’ series, the focus turns to the impact of the recent introduction of employment tribunal fees. What might be done to reduce the cost of tribunals to the taxpayer while still ensuring access to justice? This year is the 800th anniversary of Magna […]

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Valuing the Work of Community Lawyers’ to Resolve Systemic Problems – The Productivity Commission Report on Access to Justice Arrangements in Australia

Liz Curran - 16th January 2015

In the past decade or more in Australia, creeping managerialism and efforts to reduce funding of services under the guise of ‘fiscal belt tightening’ and efficiency have threatened and sometimes jeopardised the effectiveness of the legal system in being able to respond to community need. The Australian Productivity Commission’s Final Report on ‘Access to Justice […]

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Thank you for supporting the OxHRH in 2014!

admin - 22nd December 2014

2014 has been another successful year for the Oxford Human Rights Hub.  Thanks to the dedication of our Director, Prof Sandy Fredman, our Associate-Directors, staff, editorial team, and the enthusiasm of our contributors, we continue to forge stronger connections between human rights practitioners, policy makers and academics across the globe. The Blog will now take […]

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National Pro Bono Week – Litigating for Justice and Empowerment at the LRC

Arushi Garg - 18th November 2014

This is the fifth post in our series celebrating National Pro Bono Week. OxHRH’s sister organisation, Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) provides annual grants to students undertaking unpaid or poorly paid public interest law work at organisations across the globe.  Arushi Garg, one of the successful applicants in the 2014 grants process, writes about her experiences […]

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National Pro Bono Week – Interning to Empower Youth in Kosovo

Romy Faulkner - 13th November 2014

Last week was National Pro Bono week.  To celebrate the OxHRH and OPBP are running a series of posts highlighting graduate students’ experiences interning with public interest law organisations.  OPBP provides annual grants to enable students to undertake unpaid or poorly paid public interest law work at organisations and law firms across the globe.  Romy […]

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Cutting Corners: The Procedural Illegality of Legal Aid Cuts

Daniel Cashman - 24th September 2014

In R (London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association & another) v Lord Chancellor [2014] EWHC 3020 (Admin), the High Court ruled that the consultation process adopted by the Government in reducing the number of criminal legal aid contracts was so unfair that it was unlawful. In February 2014, the Lord Chancellor announced that a radical overhaul […]

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