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The “Right” to Ignore International Human Rights?

Pedro Pallares-Yabur - 2nd May 2014

On April 9th, a Mexican citizen, Ramiro Hernández-Llanas, was executed via the death penalty in Texas. He was prosecuted and found guilty for several crimes, including the murder of his boss. Mr. Hernández-Llanas was declared a dangerous man, even in prison, where he slashed another inmate and assembled homemade weapons, which he hid in his cell. […]

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The Oxford Legal Assistance Volunteer Partnership Programme with Bail for Immigration Detainees

James Beeton - 4th March 2014

In the 2013-2014 academic year, following the success of its existing link with award winning legal aid firm Turpin & Miller, Oxford Legal Assistance (‘OLA’) has engaged in a new partnership programme with Bail for Immigration Detainees (‘BID’). The programme provides students with the opportunity to undertake pro bono work at the organisation’s Oxford office, […]

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New employment tribunal fees and discrimination: UNISON v Lord Chancellor; Equality and Human Rights Commission

Michael Ford - 7th February 2014

The High Court (Moses LJ, Irwin J) today delivered judgment in the important judicial review proceedings brought by UNISON to challenge the fees regime introduced in the employment tribunal and EAT. The Court rejected the application but its judgment is interesting for what it says about the effect of fees and for the possibility of […]

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Jones and Others v UK: Immunity or Impunity?

Claire Overman - 19th January 2014

The recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Jones and Others v UK represents a missed opportunity to take a lead in developments in international law concerning state immunity for acts of torture. Yet, it expresses a cautiously optimistic view that such developments are set to continue. The applicants were British nationals […]

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The UN Sanctions Regime Against Terrorists: Suggested Changes

Michele Porcelluzzi - 15th January 2014

The current UN sanctions regime against terrorists does not secure due process rights. Allowing the International Criminal Court to deal with these cases would be a preferable solution, as it would prevent violations of such rights. Overview Two years before the 9/11 attacks, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1267 (1999), establishing a sanctions regime […]

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UN Immunity, Access to Justice and the Haitian Cholera Epidemic

Hannine Drake - 11th November 2013

A few weeks ago a group of Haitian cholera victims took the extraordinary step of filing a class action suit against the United Nations in the Manhattan Federal District Court. The claimants ultimately seek compensation from the United Nations, alleging on the basis of overwhelming scientific evidence that the Haitian cholera outbreak was inadvertently caused […]

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Marikana Funding Decision – A Victory for Justice, Fairness and Equality

Shanelle van der Berg - 28th October 2013

In the wake of the Marikana tragedy, during which 40 striking mineworkers were shot and killed by the South African Police Service (“SAPS”), the Commission of Inquiry subsequently established by the President has been marred with problems. On 1 October 2012, its very first day of operation, the Inquiry continued with its proceedings despite the […]

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Reaching Equal Justice: An Invitation to Envision and Act (Report of the Canadian Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, August 2013)

Melina Buckley - 5th September 2013

The year is 2030 and all people living in Canada have equal access to justice regardless of means, capacity or social situation.  The justice system takes into consideration individuals’ and groups’ different legal needs and provides timely, holistic, and personalized assistance to achieve lasting and just outcomes.  People are empowered to manage their own legal […]

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The Beating Heart of the Rule of Law (and Not an Avocado)

Michael Fordham - 11th June 2013

This is an edited transcript of the address given by Michael Fordham QC, on Tuesday 4 July 2013, at the Demonstration to Save Justice outside of the Ministry of Justice.  A full recording of this address can be found here. “Will you please – make some noise! Over there in that doorway is a silver […]

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