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Law of Peace(making) and the Promise of a New Beginning for Children

Sarah M. Field 23rd October 2016

The act of peacemaking may be viewed as the promise of a new beginning. It is latent within the sui generis legal form of the self-constituting process, and the often layered human rights transformation at its substantive epicentre. In the complex and evolving legality that constitutes peacemaking, international human rights claims often have heightened performativity. […]

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The Human Rights Council – Highlighted Outcomes of the 33rd Session

Gosia Pearson 22nd October 2016

The three intensive weeks of the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) concluded on 30 September 2016. They resulted in thirty resolutions, a Presidential statement, and the appointment of five mandate holders. While many issues tackled at the sessions were recurrent items previously discussed at the forum, several outcomes stand out. The HRC […]

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European Court of Human Rights to Consider Right to Education

James Rooney 21st October 2016

James Rooney is one of the Oxford Human Rights Hub/Rhodes University Travelling Fellows. The Fellowship is a partnership between the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Rhodes University in South Africa, and the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), a pre-eminent South African public interest law firm. Two Oxford graduate students a year travel to Grahamstown, in South Africa’s […]

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UN Rights Experts Warn Against the Grave Threat of Unsafe Abortions

admin 20th October 2016

A group of United Nations human rights experts have called on States to repeal restrictive abortion laws and policies; dismantle discriminatory barriers to access to safe reproductive health services; decriminalise abortion; and provide reproductive health services in a legal, safe and affordable manner. The experts also expressed their support for the call to make 28 September […]

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Legislating for Trans Equality: Recent Developments in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Peter Dunne 19th October 2016

In January 2016, the House of Commons Select Committee on Women and Equalities published a landmark report on ‘Transgender Equality’. Among the Committee’s many recommendations was a proposal to amend s. 7 of the Equality Act 2010, which guarantees non-discrimination protections on the basis of ‘gender reassignment’. During its investigations (Transgender Equality Inquiry, August – December […]

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