The Individual and Structural Aspects of Gender Inequality at Work

Hadas Mandel - 2nd May 2017

Within the growing debate concerning the future of what has been termed as the “gender revolution,” two distinct voices can be heard. The more optimistic voice forecasts a continued reduction in gender inequality until its eventual disappearance. The less optimistic voice perceives the gender split as deeply rooted in the basic organization of social relations, […]

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Domestic Violence and the Regressive Russian Amendment

Surya Rajkumar - 1st May 2017

On the 8th of February 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law an amendment that relegated domestic violence, as previously discussed on this blog, to an administrative offence. This post will argue that the new law lacks any persuasive justification and does not comply with Russia’s international human rights obligations. Under the new law, […]

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Pihl v Sweden: the ECtHR’s Unhelpful Preoccupation with Hate Speech

Claire Overman and Andrew Wheelhouse - 27th April 2017

On 9 March 2017, the Third Section of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) declared inadmissible a complaint by the applicant, Mr Pihl, that his right to respect for his private life had been violated.  He had complained to the ECtHR that Swedish legislation preventing him from holding a non-for-profit association responsible for a […]

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Is the Turkish Constitutional Referendum a Reflection of Democracy?

Saeed Bagheri - 26th April 2017

The constitutional referendum was held on 16 April in Turkey. In this referendum, the majority of Turkish people said “yes” to the constitutional amendments through which the Turkish governmental system should be changed to a presidential system. Traditionally, it has been accepted that the legitimacy of a referendum is based on direct participation of people […]

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India’s Central Sector Scheme For Rehabilitation of Bonded Labourers: Shielding Bondage, Shackling Liberation

Srujana Bej - 25th April 2017

In May 2016, the Indian Government revised the rehabilitation scheme for released bonded labourers to provide adequate financial assistance. Gaping holes in the scheme’s framework ensure that it is little more than a paper tiger to an estimated 18 million Indians trapped in bonded labour. Bonded labour is the pledging of one’s labour for the repayment […]

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Hacienda Brasil Verde Workers v. Brazil: Slavery and Human Trafficking in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Tatiana Gos - 24th April 2017

The Inter-American Court has handed down its first judgment on slavery and human trafficking, and structural discrimination based on “economic position”. The case also contributes to the Court’s jurisprudence on state responsibility for human rights abuses committed by private actors. The case concerned the slavery-like working conditions of 85 workers, some of them children, in a privately-owned […]

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After Recognition of Genocide – How to Proceed?

Ewelina U. Ochab - 20th April 2017

On 20 April 2016, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion recognising the atrocities committed against Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities by Daesh to be genocide. In addition to recognising the genocide, the motion also called upon the Government to take steps to ‘make an immediate referral to the UN Security […]

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The ebbing of minority rights in Southeast Europe – the identity crisis of Montenegrin and Croatian minorities in Kosovo

Dzemal Calakovic - 19th April 2017

The post-conflict southeastern part of Europe demands a more vigorous respect for minority rights, in order to preserve the fragile peace and guard against the horrors of the recent wars in the Balkans. Kosovo has a diverse demographic composition; mainly consisting of Albanians and Serbs who represent the two largest ethnic groups. According to the […]

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Likuwa v City of Windhoek: Namibian Court Misses an Opportunity to Develop Land Occupation Laws

Ndjodi Ndeunyema - 17th April 2017

Namibia’s history is one tainted by grotesque land evictions en masse and natives suffering dispossession at the hands of settler colonialists and apartheid-inspired forced evictions. This legacy subsists today, with land and housing provision being the most emotive of Namibia’s socio-political debates, featuring prominently in the recent State of the Nation Address. The issue has […]

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Deciphering The Reality Of The Transgender Persons (Protection Of Rights) Bill 2016

Devershi Mishra and Komal Khare - 14th April 2017

In a country where a significant percentage of the population identifies as being a transgender, the rights and protections accorded to the transgender community in India are deploringly inadequate. Discrimination against transgender people is systemic and deeply entrenched. In 2015 the Upper House of the Parliament passed The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, on which […]

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