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Cuts to the UN Human Rights Bodies? We Know What This Leads To

Ben Warwick - 10th June 2019

The global populist backlash against multilateralism and rights is reaching the UN treaty bodies. These reactionary politics are manifesting in States’ refusal to pay their dues to the UN (the USA owes the UN $2182m), resulting in  ‘severe liquidity issues’.  Cutbacks have been scheduled. The UN treaty bodies have been informed that it is very […]

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Dutch child labour due diligence law: a step towards mandatory human rights due diligence

Anneloes Hoff - 10th June 2019

On 14 May 2019, the Dutch Senate adopted the Child Labour Due Diligence Law [Wet zorgplicht kinderarbeid]. The law requires companies selling goods or services to Dutch consumers to identify and prevent child labour in their supply chains. In doing so, the Netherlands follows an international trend towards mandatory corporate human rights due diligence. Over […]

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Boris Johnson combats allegations of misconduct in public office

Felicity Williams - 5th June 2019

Boris Johnson has been summoned to appear in the criminal courts: Is the case just a political stunt or ground-breaking litigation? Following a crowd funding campaign, Mr Ball has brought a private prosecution concerning claims made by Mr Johnson during the 2016 EU referendum and 2017 General Election. The three counts, alleging misconduct in public office, […]

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The entry of women into the legal profession under British colonial rule

Rishika Sahgal and Andrew Byrnes - 3rd June 2019

This year sees the centenary of the abolition of the legal barriers to women’s entry into the legal profession in the United Kingdom. The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 (UK), which commenced operation on 23 December 1919, provided that a person should not be disqualified ‘by sex or marriage from entering or assuming or carrying […]

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Stocker v Stocker: dictionaries, domestic violence, and defamation

Andrew Wheelhouse - 2nd June 2019

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that a woman was not liable in defamation to her ex-husband for writing public messages on Facebook stating that “he tried to strangle me”. In doing so the decision (which seems to bolster the right to freedom of expression as protected by Article 10, ECHR) offers some comfort to social […]

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South African Supreme Court of Appeal Confirms Principle of ‘Constitutional Damages’ for Homeless People Whose Property is Destroyed by State

Jackie Dugard - 31st May 2019

On 3 April 2019, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) handed down judgment in the matter of Ngomane & others v City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality & Another (Ngomane). In its judgment, the SCA declared that the destruction of the applicants’ property by the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality (Johannesburg) was unconstitutional, and […]

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Brown v. Board of Education at 65: A Job Still Undone

Michael Rebell - 30th May 2019

This month marks the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that declared racial segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. When he exited the Supreme Court building on May 17, 1954, after the decision had been announced, Thurgood Marshall, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, was asked […]

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Kimathi and Others v Foreign & Commonwealth Office

12KBW international and travel law team - 28th May 2019

Kimathi and Others v Foreign & Commonwealth Office [2018] EWHC 2066 (also known as the ‘Mau Mau litigation’, after the Mau Mau rebellion that was instrumental in Kenya’s independence movement) was a group litigation by 40,000 claimants in the English High Court. They alleged ill-treatment perpetrated by Britain and/or its representatives in the final ten years of […]

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Namibian Supreme Court finds that National Security Concerns do not Automatically Trump Free Speech

Kennedy Kariseb - 24th May 2019

The Namibian Supreme Court’s decision in Director-General of the Namibian Central Intelligence Service Another v Haufiku & Others, (Haufiku) sheds some light on the tensions between national security and fundamental human rights and freedoms, in this case, the freedom of the press. The case concerned the Namibian Central Intelligence Services’ (NCIS) appeal against the High […]

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Scrapping s 21: The need for secure private tenancies in England and Wales

Gianna Seglias - 24th May 2019

In a victory for tenants’ rights campaigners, the UK Government has announced it will consult on repealing s 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (“1988 Act”), which entitles landlords to recover possession under an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) without fault by the tenant after only six months. The campaign to #endsection21, which has been led by groups […]

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