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Civilian Victims of the Conflicts Over Oil Refineries in Kirkuk

Saeed Bagheri 4th November 2017

On 15 September the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (KRG) held an independence referendum, in which a majority of the non-Kurdish people of the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk did not participate. Kurdish Peshmerga forces took control of Kirkuk after the Iraqi army abandoned its posts in a rapid collapse before the Islamic State’s offensive nearby in 2014. After […]

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QT v Director of Immigration: recognising overseas same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in immigration policy

Karen Tsang 2nd November 2017

On 25 September 2017, the Hong Kong Court of Appeal ruled that partners in overseas same-sex marriages and civil partnerships are eligible to apply for spousal dependant visas in Hong Kong. It overturned the lower court’s decision which had held that, in line with the heterosexual definition of marriage under Section 40 of the Marriage […]

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Bărbulescu v. Romania: The Next Step in the Continuing Struggle for Standards for Workplace Communication Monitoring

Gaurav Mukherjee 31st October 2017

On 5 September, the Grand Chamber (GC) of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered its judgment in Bărbulescu v. Romania (hereinafter Bărbulescu GC Judgment). The central question which confronted the GC was a determination of whether an employer’s surveillance of an employee’s workplace correspondence, without their explicit informed consent, violated their right to […]

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The Indian Supreme Court’s “Curative” Hearing in the “LGBT Case”

Gautam Bhatia 30th October 2017

In 2009, the High Court of Delhi decriminalized same-sex relations between consenting adults in India, holding that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which penalised “carnal intercourse against the order of nature”, could not be applied to consensual homosexuality (Naz Foundation vs NCT of Delhi). Four years later, sitting in appeal, the Supreme Court […]

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Atmospheric Trust Litigation: Offering Hope To India’s Hapless Adivasi Community

Rudresh Mandal and Hardik Subedi 27th October 2017

The all-encompassing phenomenon of anthropogenic climate change has endangered the lives and livelihood of humanity at large. However, the distribution of adverse effects of climate change is not uniform. The individuals at the lower economic strata who lackadequate adaptive capabilities and are heavily dependent on climate-sensitive resources for sustenance experience disparate impacts. The intersectionality of […]

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