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Landmark Judgment for Women’s Rights

David Russell 14th June 2018

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom concluded on the 7th June 2018 that Northern Ireland’s laws on termination of pregnancy are incompatible with human rights. More specifically, in situations of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality a majority of the judges concluded that the law breaches the right to private life protected by article […]

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(No) Freedom of Speech at Universities?

Ewelina U. Ochab 13th June 2018

Universities are meant to be places where freedom of speech flourishes. The issue of free speech in universities in the UK has been recently examined by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (the Committee), a parliamentary committee consisting of representatives of both Houses of the Parliament. The Committee considered the challenges encountered by students, lecturers […]

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Proposals to End Free Travel for Most Post-16 Special Educational Needs and Disability students in Oxfordshire Limits Right to Education  

Marie Tidball 12th June 2018

On 19th June, Oxfordshire County Council will decide whether to end free travel for most Post-16 Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) students, as proposed in its Home to School Travel Consultation. If passed, the County’s proposals will make consistent school attendance for SEND young people more difficult and reduce their independence. In BBC coverage […]

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The Sexist Intestacy Laws Governing Hindu Women In India: Grounds for a successful constitutional challenge?

Meera Manoj 11th June 2018

The vast Hindu population of India of 95 million is subject to sexist and unconstitutional inheritance norms under the Hindu Succession Act of 1956. Several of its provisions are vulnerable to constitutional challenge under Article 15 of the Indian Constitution which prohibits discrimination on grounds of sex. The test here, is whether discrimination is solely based […]

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Masterpiece Cakeshop and Discriminatory Intent

Luke A. Boso 8th June 2018

On July 19, 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Colorado, asking the owner, Jack Phillips, to design and create a cake for their upcoming wedding. Phillips refused because he is religiously opposed to same-sex marriage. Craig and Mullins filed a discrimination charge with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, alleging sexual-orientation […]

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