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Constitutionality of India’s Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019: India’s McCarthyism Moment

Rongeet Poddar - 14th August 2019

In a chilling throwback McCarthyism in the United States, India’s Parliament has passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 which will allow the Central government to designate individuals as ‘terrorists’ without the exercise of due process of law. The Bill received the assent of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, […]

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NDAs in Discrimination Cases: UK Women and Equalities Select Committee Report & Collective/Individual Justice Dilemmas

Lizzie Barmes - 13th August 2019

In June 2019 the UK Parliament’s Women and Equalities Select Committee (‘WESC’) published a report on the use of non-disclosure agreements (‘NDAs’) in discrimination cases, focussing on settlement. This built on inquiries into sexual harassment, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, and enforcement. Parliamentary investigations into the shadowy world of NDAs are especially valuable for policy-makers and academics […]

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Transgender Laws in Transition: European Courts on Non-Binary Gender Recognition

Tuur Desloovere - 11th August 2019

A decision of the Belgian Constitutional Court is the latest in a series of judgments in Europe deciding essentially the same question: should non-binary gender identities be recognized by (non-binary) gender/sex markers on official documents? This post explores the different answers offered by courts across Europe. On 19 June 2019, the Belgian Constitutional Court ruled […]

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Civilian Life at Risk in Iran: The Hard-Hitting Effects of the US Economic Sanctions

Saeed Bagheri and Amin Bagheri - 5th August 2019

Following the US-imposed oil embargo and a web of hard-hitting economic sanctions, Iran’s economy and the lives of Iranian civilians have been hit hard a year after the US withdrawal from the 2015 Nuclear Deal (JCPOA). In May 2018, Donald Trump formally pulled the US out of the Nuclear Deal in order to reimpose the sanction against Iran as a […]

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Partial U.S. sanctions on Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Ligia De Jesús Castaldi - 2nd August 2019

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), one of two major human rights bodies of the Organization of American states (OAS), has been subject to some political controversy lately over its involvment in controversial human rights issues, such as the creation of abortion rights. Headquartered in Washington D.C. and deriving about half of its budget […]

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The Prospects for the Malaysian Exercise of Universal Jurisdiction over Myanmarese Atrocity Crimes

Jefferi Hamzah Sendut - 31st July 2019

The ‘clearance operations’ commenced in August 2017 against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim population by the State’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, were beset with criminality. Investigating the campaign led the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission (IIFFM) for Myanmar to recommend the prosecution of Tatmadaw officials for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. As of June […]

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Hong Kong’s anti-extradition movement and common law judges’ extrajudicial opinions

Jeremy Lam - 29th July 2019

During the recent anti-extradition movement in Hong Kong, a High Court judge participated by signing a petition against the controversial bill amendments, which was considered inappropriate by the Chief Justice. This is reminiscent of an incident involving Australian High Court Justice Michael Kirby, who called upon the government to boost funding for state schools in […]

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Updates on the Modern Slavery Act 2015: government showing signs of long-awaited leadership

Lisa Hsin - 26th July 2019

In the past year, the UK government has made unprecedented efforts to increase its engagement with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA). Commentators have long criticised the Act for not working as intended and with the introduction of stricter, more innovative regulatory measures such as the French Duty of Vigilance Law 2017, Australia’s Modern Slavery Act 2018 and […]

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No Ordinary Lawsuit

Patrick McGinley - 23rd July 2019

In late May, a U.S. Appeals court heard oral arguments in a U.S. government effort to stop a trial in a climate case some have referred to as “the trial of the century.” The case began in 2015 when 21 young Americans from diverse backgrounds filed a lawsuit charging that the United States government and […]

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