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A Difficult Time for Women’s Autonomy in the Indian Courts

Shreya Mohapatra 14th May 2018

The Kerala High Court judgment annulling the marriage of Hadiya, a 24-year-old homeopathy student from Kerala with a Muslim man, Shafin Jahan, and the Supreme Court of India instigating a National Investigation Agency (NIA) inquiry into the matter have already gone down in public discourse as one of the judiciary’s most problematic decisions. The courts […]

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Valuing Dignity of the Windrush Generation

Tenesha Myrie 11th May 2018

In listening to the experiences of the Windrush generation and their treatment by the UK Home Office, what stands out to many of us in the Commonwealth Caribbean is the indignity suffered by the persons affected. Upon the invitation of the UK government, they emigrated from the Caribbean to the UK between the late 1940s […]

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Indian Supreme Court Waters Down Legislation Protecting Scheduled Castes and Tribes from Unlawful Discrimination

Rishabh Bajoria 8th May 2018

On 20 March, a Two-Judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court diluted the provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (Act) citing the ‘rampant misuse’ of the statute to ‘blackmail’ innocent citizens. The Act was passed to supplement the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 (PCR Act). Both legislations […]

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Cakes and the Conscience Wars

Douglas NeJaime and Reva Siegel 7th May 2018

Last week, the U.K. Supreme Court heard argument in Lee v. Ashers Baking Company. The case involves a baker whose Christian beliefs led him to refuse to bake a cake with the phrase “Support Gay Marriage” for a gay customer. Claiming a right to a religious exemption from the antidiscrimination law of Northern Ireland, the baker […]

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