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California is Poised to Expand Labour Protections for Workers

Catherine Fisk - 8th July 2019

California, many other states, and the United States government, have laws imposing minimum standards of employment (such as wages and hours), limited financial benefits for workers who become unemployed or are injured in the course of employment, and benefits for employees after retirement age or who become unable to work because of disability. Most of […]

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Poverty in the UK is violating human rights. What’s next?

Philip Alston, Rebecca Riddell, and Bassam Khawaja - 5th July 2019

Last week, we presented the findings of our investigation into poverty in the United Kingdom to the UN Human Rights Council. Some have asked why the UN Special Rapporteur on poverty would visit the UK, the fifth largest economy in the world. But 14 million people live in poverty, and in recent years the UK […]

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Brown v. Board of Education at 65: A Job Still Undone

Michael Rebell - 30th May 2019

This month marks the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that declared racial segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. When he exited the Supreme Court building on May 17, 1954, after the decision had been announced, Thurgood Marshall, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, was asked […]

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Legal Gaps in Securing Customary Land Rights in Zambia

Mwai Daka - 4th April 2019

The Asa Lato & 30 others case provides an opportunity for Zambia’s High Court to review legal gaps related to the conversion of customary land to registered leasehold tenure, especially those which make communities vulnerable to dispossession and landlessness. It also shines a light on the need for good governance and an end to corruption […]

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Abidjan’s Roadmap for Free and Quality Public Education

Esteban Hoyos Ceballos - 4th March 2019

I had to take three flights and it took me almost 24 hours to get to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from Medellin, my hometown. Once there, the weather, the music, the food and the roads immediately reminded me of the Colombian coast. I travelled to Abidjan last week and from there to the former capital of the […]

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The Employment Rights of Uber Drivers: A Battle Won, the War Goes On

Darcy du Toit - 14th January 2019

The judgment of the English Court of Appeal in Uber B.V. & others v Aslam & others (Case No: A2/2017/3467; 19 December 2018) has been hailed as a victory for workers. Uber’s business model, in common with many digital platforms, depends on classifying its drivers as independent contractors, who do not enjoy the rights of […]

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Major Federal Right to Education Lawsuit Filed in the U.S

Michael Rebell - 12th December 2018

Last month, 14 students and parents filed a class action law suit, Cook v. Raimondo, asking the U.S. District Court in the state of Rhode Island to declare that all students in Rhode Island–and all students throughout the United States–have a right under the U.S. Constitution to an education adequate to prepare them to be […]

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Austerity Policies in the UK an Impermissible Retrogressive Measure

Meghan Campbell and Ben Warwick - 6th November 2018

Under the umbrella of austerity, the UK has pursued a punishing regime of cuts to social welfare benefits and public services. This week the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights is visiting the UK to assess how these cuts are impacting the human rights of millions of Britons. In this blog, we […]

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Justice Kennedy on Healthcare

Jennifer Oliva - 15th October 2018

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who long served as the swing vote on important healthcare-related decisions, retired from the United States Supreme Court on July 31, 2018. The press and pundits alike reacted to Kennedy’s retirement announcement with dire forecasts that the Court’s healthcare jurisprudence would veer to the right. In fact, Justice Kennedy’s record of healthcare […]

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Blocking ride-sharing applications goes against free speech and human progress

Esteban Russell and Leornado Orlanski - 13th September 2018

Last year, a local court of Buenos Aires ordered the blockage of Uber’s app and website nationwide in Argentina. The decision stated that Uber had to be blocked (and banned) since its drivers occupied public spaces to engage in commercial activity, and that was a misdemeanor. On June 18 this year, the decision was overturned […]

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Grenfell: Human Rights and a Ban on Combustible Cladding?

Sue Bright - 4th September 2018

A number of key human rights issue arise following the Grenfell Tower Tragedy in which 72 people died, and many more were displaced. In December 2017 the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a project, ‘Following Grenfell: The Human Rights and Equality Dimension’, exploring the role that the Grenfell Inquiry plays in discharging the UK’s […]

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Makangwane: A Fight for Effective Relief to Historic Injustice

Vuyisile Malinga - 31st August 2018

Learners at Makangwane Secondary School in Limpopo, South Africa have for too long been deprived of their fundamental rights to basic education, dignity, equality and the protection of their best interests as enshrined in the Constitution. However, on the 26th of June 2018 the Polokwane High Court granted an order providing for effective relief for […]

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