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Extra-territorial arrests by States: Did the Namibian Supreme Court get it wrong?

Ndjodi Ndeunyema 31st August 2017

The decision of Likanyi v The State, which was recently handed down by the Namibian Supreme Court, raises pertinent issues relating to the understanding and application of the principles of public international law which govern the extraterritorial arrest of individuals by States. The Court had to consider whether it could exercise criminal jurisdiction over one […]

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Islam and Human Rights: A Critical Intersection

Max Regus 30th August 2017

Global politics is increasingly concerned with the relationship between religion and human rights. Human rights violations of certain religious minorities in some countries indicate this trend and represent a critical intersection between Islam and human rights. In this context, it is argued that it is important to work towards achieving a mutual understanding between religion (in […]

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Battling for Equality: Recognizing Civil Service Benefits in Same-sex Marriages

Lillian Li 29th August 2017

The struggle for LGBTQ rights remains an embryonic fight in Asia, waiting to be further developed through advocacy and legal change, amidst vocal opponents demanding the preservation of conservative values and traditions. However, the courts of Taiwan and Hong Kong have shown that greater recognition can be achieved, and former laws interpreted beyond their conservative […]

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Watching the Indian Supreme Court Walk a Tight-Rope on the Right to Privacy in a Digital Age

Abhijeet Singh Rawaley 24th August 2017

A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India has reserved its decision on whether or not there is a ‘fundamental right’ (FR) to privacy in India. This article explores the momentous opportunity before the the world’s largest democracy to balance the individual right to privacy on one hand, and rapidly advancing technology flooding the […]

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The Constitutional Conundrum of The Right to Privacy in India

Nidhi Singh and Anurag Vijay 23rd August 2017

A nine-judge constitution bench of Supreme Court of India is currently considering whether privacy is a fundamental right under the Indian Constitution. This issue has emerged due to the legal challenges arising from Aadhaar or Unique Identification Number. Aadhaar is a twelve-digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents by the Government of India based […]

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