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President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem: A Legal Analysis

Loureen Sayej 11th December 2017

In a proclamation signed on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump unilaterally  recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, departing from the policy of successive US administrations which recognized the status of Jerusalem as that of an occupied territory. Trump’s declaration was followed by international recriminations. The status of Jerusalem is a matter of high contention. While Israel […]

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Same-Sex Marriage in Australia: A Bittersweet Victory

Jennifer Tridgell 8th December 2017

In a giant step forward for LGBTIQ rights, same-sex marriage (SSM) in Australia was legalised on 7 December 2017. This result was uplifting, but also bittersweet. The Australian Government could have legalised SSM quickly and painlessly months ago. Instead, it forged ahead with a controversial postal survey, which divided a nation and damaged the LGBTIQ community. […]

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Al-Bashir in Uganda: Head of State Immunity and the Rome Statute

Daniel Grütters 6th December 2017

Last month the High Court in Kampala declined to issue a provisional arrest warrant for visiting President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir. The decision followed an application by the Uganda Victims’ Foundation (UVF), a coalition of human rights groups, while President Bashir was in Uganda. UVF argued that as a State Party to the Rome Statute […]

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A Step in the Right Direction for Minority Gender Recognition in Germany

Max Camphausen 4th December 2017

In its decision from October 10 2017, published on November 8 – just on the Intersex Day of Solidarity – the German Constitutional Court (BVerfG) has ruled that certain provisions in the ‘law of personal state’ (“Personenstandsgesetz”) violated the rights of intersex people and were therefore unconstitutional. The provisions in question required the sex of […]

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