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A Small Success for LGBT Rights in Russia

Olivia Rani Bessant - 21st November 2018

Maxim Neverov, 16, was the first minor charged for ‘promoting homosexuality,’ under the Russian Federal Law, “On Protection of Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development” passed in 2010. This law prohibits the distribution of ‘harmful’ material amongst young people, including material which ‘may elicit fear, horror, or panic in children.’ In 2013, […]

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LBGT+ Rights in Global Perspective

Schona Jolly QC and Nathan Roberts - 19th November 2018

This blog is the fourth in a series that takes a snapshot of where LGBT+ rights are in 2018, as a result of some recent significant international decisions and considers the portents for change in light of them. In previous blogs post, we considered the position in the Americas, the EU and India. The international […]

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‘The Family and Diabetes’ in the EU: Taking the Bitter with the Sweet

Marie Spinoy - 14th November 2018

This year’s World Diabetes Day focuses on ‘the family and diabetes’. Family members play a vital role in diabetes care, especially parents caring for children too young to understand the disease. Parents may need to monitor their child’s sugar levels throughout the night or will need to be continuously available when the child is at […]

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LBGT+ Rights in India

Schona Jolly QC and Nathan Roberts - 10th November 2018

This blog is the third in a series that takes a snapshot of where LGBT+ rights are in 2018, as a result of some recent significant decisions across the Americas, Europe and India, and considers the portents for change in light of them. In previous blogs post, we considered the position in the Americas in […]

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LBGT+ Rights in The EU

Schona Jolly QC and Nathan Roberts - 28th October 2018

This blog is the second in a series that takes a snapshot of where LGBT+ rights are in 2018, as a result of some recent significant decisions across the Americas, Europe and India, and considers the portents for change in light of them. In a previous blog post, we considered the position in the Americas. […]

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The Belgian Burkini Ban, Dead in the Water?

Marie Spinoy - 24th October 2018

On the 5th of July, the Ghent court of first instance held a ban on burkinis in two public swimming pools to constitute discrimination. In both these cases Muslim women were denied access to swimming pools while wearing a ‘burkini’. Such swimsuits usually cover the whole body, except for the face, hands and feet. The regulations […]

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Discrimination in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Arindrajit Basu - 23rd October 2018

The dawn of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been celebrated by both government and industry across the globe. AI offers the potential to augment many existing bureaucratic processes and improve human capacity, if implemented in accordance with principles of the rule of law and international human rights norms. Unfortunately, AI-powered solutions have often been implemented in […]

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2018: A year of international judicial progress in LBGT+ rights

Schona Jolly QC and Nathan Roberts - 21st October 2018

2018 has seen a flurry of activity in the advancement and development of LGBT+ rights in the international sphere. An exhaustive review of international LGBT+ rights would be beyond the scope of any single piece: the international landscape is far from homogenous; different countries and regions operate with different legal and social starting points. This […]

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Indian Gay Rights Case opens gateways for Article 15 and Intersectionality

Aradhana Cherupara Vadekkethil - 19th October 2018

In a landmark judgment on 6th September, 2018, a five judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court of India in Navtej Johar v Union of India decriminalised same-sex relations. In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court held that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, in so far as it criminalises consensual sexual conduct between […]

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The Consequences of the Ashers Cake Judgment

Daphne Romney QC - 12th October 2018

The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by Belfast bakery Ashers Bakery and its managers Mr and Mrs McArthur in refusing to bake a cake for Gareth Lee, who had asked for it to be iced with the message Support Gay Marriage. The Supreme Court found that Mr Lee had not been discriminated against on […]

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