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Penalising Anti-Semitism in Poland: Creating “Free Speech Martyrs”?

Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias 18th July 2017

On a November night in 2015, an effigy of a Jew was burnt in the main market square in Wrocław, Poland, as part of a protest against accepting refugees into Poland. The figure was holding the European Union’s flag. The burning was committed by Piotr Rybak, an activist known for his nationalistic and xenophobic views. […]

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The New UN General Comment And Privatisation, Part 2: Can States Entirely Privatise The Delivery Of Essential Services?

Sylvain Aubry 14th July 2017

Two weeks ago, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) published the much-awaited new General Comment 24 – an authoritative interpretation of international human rights law – on “State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities”. The text includes a landmark section […]

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The Difficult Road Ahead: Overcoming the Stratified Home-based Care Regime in Latin America

Fernando Filgueira and Juliana Martínez Franzoni 12th July 2017

Between 1990 and 2013 female labour participation in Latin American went from being 14 percentage points below to 4 percentage points above the global average. Today, 7 of every 10 women between 25 and 44 years of age are part of the labour force. Meanwhile, hours of unpaid domestic work and care among men remained […]

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Trinity Lutheran v. Comer: Does The U.S. Supreme Court Now See Separation of Church and State as a Kind of Religious Discrimination?

John E. Taylor 11th July 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer seems modest on its facts, but it moves the Court one step closer to a complete reversal of the “separation of church and state,” at least in matters of government funding of religious institutions.  Thirty-five years ago, governments were usually required to exclude religious institutions from […]

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