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The Law Commission’s Consultation on the Protection of Official Data

David Ormerod 22nd February 2017

The recent publication of the Law Commission’s consultation paper The Protection of Official Data has generated a great deal of attention. I welcome the opportunity to provide an overview of some of the matters in the paper and the consultation questions we ask. As with every Law Commission project, the provisional conclusions and questions in […]

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Kiobel v. Cravath: An Example of How a Little-Known U.S. Law can be Used as a Pre-Litigation Tool Overseas

Upasana Khatri 22nd February 2017

  When Esther Kiobel—who believes Shell collaborated with Nigerian authorities to commit gross human rights abuses, including the murder of her husband—could not find justice by suing Shell in U.S courts, she decided to sue the Dutch oil giant in the Netherlands. In support of the Dutch action, EarthRights International (ERI) helped Ms. Kiobel and […]

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Confronting Ongoing Racial Discrimination in Schools Admissions Policies in South Africa

James Rooney 20th February 2017

I am now in my final month of working for the Legal Resources Centre and Rhodes University as the Oxford Human Rights Hub Travelling Fellow for 2016. This fellowship has been an incredible experience. After taking courses last year in Oxford which covered South African human rights and non-discrimination jurisprudence, the opportunity to actively engage […]

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Wotton v Queensland: A Milestone for Police Accountability in Australia

Jack Maxwell 16th February 2017

The Federal Court of Australia recently delivered a milestone judgment for police accountability in Wotton v Queensland (No 5). Wotton is the latest chapter in the ongoing struggle between the state of Queensland, its police force, and the Aboriginal residents of Palm Island, a small community off the state’s east coast. On the morning of […]

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