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Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast|Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast|Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast|Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast

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Killer Robots in the Cross-hairs of New NGO Campaign

Killer Robots in the Cross-hairs of New NGO Campaign

By Conor Fortune It has all the trappings of a sci-fi film. A life-size, talking robot stands outside Britain’s Houses of Parliament, flanked by a ponytailed professor of robotics, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights ...
Trafficking in Human Beings and the European Court of Human Rights – In Dubio pro State?

Trafficking in Human Beings and the European Court of Human Rights – In Dubio pro State?

by Marija Jovanovic - The ECtHR in M. and Others v. Italy and Bulgaria departs from a low-threshold approach for triggering Article 4 in potential trafficking situations previously established in Ranstev v. Cyprus and Russia. This ...
Rape and Reform in India: No Legal Fix for a Systemic Problem

Rape and Reform in India: No Legal Fix for a Systemic Problem

by Shishir Bail and Sudhir Krishnaswamy - The brutal rape and mutilation of a 5-year-old girl in Delhi last week has sparked fierce protests reminiscent of the national outrage invoked by the December 2012 gang-rape of a student, ...
Animal Defenders International v UK:  A Case of Fruitful Dialogue, or of Strasbourg Losing its Nerve?

Animal Defenders International v UK: A Case of Fruitful Dialogue, or of Strasbourg Losing its Nerve?

On 22 April, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held in Animal Defenders International v UK, by a majority of  9:8, that the UK’s broadcasting ban on political advertising under the Communications Act 2003  did ...
Gender-Neutral Marriage and ‘Attenuated Discrimination’: Legal Developments in France

Gender-Neutral Marriage and ‘Attenuated Discrimination’: Legal Developments in France

by Professor Daniel Borrillo- During his election campaign, French president François Hollande announced as part of his political program: I want to fight against all forms of discrimination and to make available new civil ...
The Arms Trade Treaty: A Small Step Forward

The Arms Trade Treaty: A Small Step Forward

Following Dr Gilles Giacca's post last Monday on the Arms Trade Treaty, Dr. Laurence Lustgarten argues that the Treaty is a historic accomplishment, but it has several limitations. It would be churlish not to welcome the Arms ...
Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Future of Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations Committed Abroad

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Future of Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations Committed Abroad

By Kate Mitchell - On 17 April 2013, the United States Supreme Court delivered judgment in Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum.  The Court held that the Alien Torts Statute (ATS) did not apply extraterritorially, shutting off an avenue ...
Same-Sex Marriage: Bill N°344 Amidst France’s Wider Political Landscape

Same-Sex Marriage: Bill N°344 Amidst France’s Wider Political Landscape

By Delphine Rooz - On 12 April 2013, the French Senate adopted Bill n°344, which opens marriage to same-sex couples—a key issue among François Hollande’s promises during the 2012 presidential campaign. Earlier, the French ...
Animal Defenders International: Will Strasbourg open the door to political advertisements on TV?

Animal Defenders International: Will Strasbourg open the door to political advertisements on TV?

By Jacob Rowbottom -  On Monday, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will give its long awaited decision in Animal Defenders International v UK. The Court will decide whether the ban on political advertising on ...
Bread, Freedom and Social Justice for Women Too?

Bread, Freedom and Social Justice for Women Too?

  By Rhea Fernandes - As member states unanimously passed the final draft proposal at the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood reinforced its conservative position ...
The Iran Tribunal: The Case of the Court with Neither Power nor Jurisdiction

The Iran Tribunal: The Case of the Court with Neither Power nor Jurisdiction

Olinga Tahzib assesses the impact of the Iran Tribunal in promoting a culture of human rights in Iran. The mass killings of 20,000 political prisoners by the government of Iran in the 1980s went largely unnoticed in western circles. ...
What can we learn from the Novartis case?

What can we learn from the Novartis case?

By Swaraj Barooah Last week’s decision by the Indian Supreme Court to reject Novartis’ patent application over a leading leukemia drug, Gilvec, has resonated globally. Many hail it as a victory for patients, while others denounce ...