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LGBTQ+ and Women’s Rights under attack: Romania to hold referendum for “the traditional family”

Elena Brodeala 18th September 2018

The Romanian Senate and the Constitutional Court gave the green light to a referendum on “the traditional family”. The referendum should take place on October 7, 2018. If it passes, the Romanian Constitution will define family as being based on the marriage between a man and a woman. This constitutional amendment is meant to limit […]

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Israel’s ‘Nation-State Bill’: a divergence from international law?

Madeleine Lusted 14th September 2018

Palestinians in the Occupied Territories have long faced a humanitarian crisis because of expansionist Israeli policy. More recent victims, however, are the Druze minority, who form part of the country’s 20.9% Arab population. In 1957, the government designated them as a separate ethnic group at the request of its communal leaders. In July, Israel’s legislative body enacted […]

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Confronting Racism, Discrimination, and Segregation against Palestinians: the CERD’s First Inter-State Complaint

Loureen Sayej 12th September 2018

In April 2018, the State of Palestine filed an interstate complaint against Israel with the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in an effort “to protect its citizens from discrimination and other practices and policies that violate CERD obligations.” Setting a precedent, the State of Palestine’s communication is the first of its kind. […]

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Standard of Proof in Zimbabwe’s Presidential Petition: A Response

David Hofisi 11th September 2018

On 5 September 2018, renowned scholar Alex Magaisa published a piece on the standard of proof in Zimbabwe’s presidential petition. He argued that the ruling of the Constitutional Court led to uncertainty regarding the standard of proof to void elections in Zimbabwe. This response investigates the extent to which such uncertainty exists. On 24 August […]

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