Zero Hours – Zero Solutions

Mark Freedland and Jeremias Prassl - 22nd February 2016

Over the course of the past year, we have repeatedly highlighted the problems facing workers on so-called ‘zero-hours contracts’ (‘ZHCs’), and criticised the government’s inadequate regulatory response in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, section 153 of which rendered exclusivity terms in such work arrangements unenforceable as against the worker. The 2015 Regulations […]

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Let’s Talk about Sex Education and Human Rights

Meghan Campbell - 19th February 2016

Despite a proposal by four prominent House of Commons Committees and various professional organisations, the Minister of Education announced on February 11, 2016 that age-appropriate sex and relationship education, including discussion of healthy relationships and cyber-safety, would not be part of the education curriculum. The proposal’s defeat means continuation of the status quo: sex education […]

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Geneva (III), Politicking and Possibility for Syria’s Invisible 43%

Sarah M. Field - 17th February 2016

2015 faded into the new year with a glimmer of hope for the people of Syria. A hope propelled by renewed international engagement, as expressed within the Vienna Statements of 30 October 2015 and 14 November 2015  and underwritten by Security Council Resolution 2254. On 25 January 2016, two years since the dissolution of Geneva […]

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Endangering Democracy: Concerns Over Raising Surveillance in China

Sakshi Aravind - 15th February 2016

Control over cyber space and information, particularly citizens’ data, has defined modern strategies of combating terrorism through technologies. Justifications provided for extensive surveillance legislation that may impinge civil liberties have been riveted on states’ responsibility to adopt counter-terrorism mechanisms. This has resulted in deeply problematic restraints on media freedom and free speech. One such piece […]

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“The Dr. Magufuli style”: Why Apt Priorities Should Follow Constitutional Formulations of Socio-Economic Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Duncan Okubasu Munabi - 12th February 2016

The newly drafted constitutions in Sub-Saharan Africa have responded to the social and economic conditions of Africans by formally describing the entitlement to basic and important necessities of life such as food, shelter, healthcare and social security. This category of rights described as “socio-economic rights” are being catalogued in Bills of Rights in the newly […]

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State-sponsored virginity: South Africa’s Maidens’ Bursary Scheme

Melanie Smuts - 11th February 2016

It’s clearly not yet 2016 in the UThukela District in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, where the municipality recently decided (for a second year) to institute the “Maidens’ Bursary Awards”. These bursaries fund 16 women’s tertiary studies, provided they remain ‘virgins’, which is determined by a specific and invasive test carried out twice a year. If […]

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SAJAP: Facilitating Justice in Namibia

Michael Rhimes - 10th February 2016

Last year, we featured reflections from Claire Palmer and Rachel Clement on their experiences working as OPBP Interns at the Supreme Court of Namibia as part of the South African Judicial Assistance Project (SAJAP) programme.  This year, Michael Rhimes reflects on his experience. I had the privilege of working as a research clerk at the […]

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Recent Developments in the Australian Health Policy Further Undermine the Right to Health

Russell Solomon - 4th February 2016

As a developed country, Australia has a generally high standard of health care. Various kinds of public expenditure support the health of the general population, particularly through Medicare’s bulk billing and a world class hospital system. Yet the level of public expenditure remains contentious and so much of Australia’s health policy is not referenced to […]

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Journalism, Detention and Anti-Terrorism Powers

Andrew Wheelhouse and Claire Overman - 3rd February 2016

Few would dispute that journalistic sources and material deserve special legal protection in a liberal democracy. But few would suggest that this protection should confer a licence to damage national security. Where should the balance be struck? This was the question confronting the English Court of Appeal in R (Miranda) v SSHD and another [2016] […]

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Pakistan: A Paradoxical Divinity

Ayesha Malik - 2nd February 2016

The 4 January 2016 marked five years since the Punjab governor Salman Taseer was killed by a member of his own security detail in a popular market in Pakistan’s capital city. His self-confessed assassin, 26-year-old Mumtaz Qadri, told interrogators he had killed the governor for his calls to reform Pakistan’s blasphemy law and for his […]

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