Direct or Indirect Discrimination: Same Difference? Equality and Non-Discrimination

Should a finding of indirect discrimination be sanctioned in the same way as a finding of direct discrimination? A recent case confronted the Belgian Constitutional Court with precisely this question. It was asked to consider whether an anti-discrimination law according the same legal effects to a finding of direct and of indirect discrimination creates unconstitutional […]


The Fair Housing Act in the Trump Era: A Proposed Agency Rule Will Seriously Dilute Disparate-Impact Liability Equality and Non-Discrimination

Galvanized by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968, the U.S. Congress adopted the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to outlaw discriminatory practices in the sale, rental, and financing of housing. From the outset, lower courts and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the executive-branch regulatory agency charged with implementing the statute, […]

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The Failure of the Right to Freedom of Religion and Belief?: The Case of Southeast Asia Equality and Non-Discrimination

The right to freedom of religion or belief (“freedom of religion”) is protected at the international and regional levels in Southeast Asia. Indonesia and Myanmar also protect the freedom of religion at the national level. However, the freedom of religion has failed in Southeast Asia. Looking at the extreme examples of human rights abuses against […]

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**NEW** U of OxHRH J Article-‘Any Act, Any Harm, To Anyone: The Transformative Potential of “Human Rights Impacts” Under the UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights’

David Birchall, ‘Any Act, Any Harm, To Anyone: The Transformative Potential of “Human rights Impacts” Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ (2019) U of OxHRH J 120 Abstract The concept of ‘adverse human rights impacts’ introduced by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is frequently used in institutional, […]


New Book: Feeling Like a State: Desire, Denial, and the Recasting of Authority (Duke University Press, 2019)

In Feeling Like a State,  Professor Davina Cooper explores the unexpected contribution a legal drama of withdrawal might make to conceptualizing a more socially just, participative state. In recent years, as gay rights have expanded, some conservative Christians—from charities to guesthouse owners and county clerks—have denied people inclusion, goods, and services because of their sexuality. In […]


2019 Oxford Legal Walk Access to Justice

The Oxford Human Rights Hub will be participating in the Oxford Legal Walk this year! Join us walking on September 30, 2019, and make a donation to support legal aid. This 10k sponsored walk supports advice charities in Oxford; together, teams in the 2018 Walk raised over £15,000 for their community. Bob Nightingale, founder of LLST, […]


OxHRH, ‘Gender Sensitive Parliaments’ (2019) Submission to Women and Equalities Committee