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The UK’s Human Rights ‘Report Card’

Hayley Richardson - 12th October 2012

  The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) – the review of each UN member state’s human rights record – is a comparatively new process that has recently embarked upon its second cycle. With 100% participation of member states in its first cycle, expectations for the second cycle are justifiably […]

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The More, the Murkier: Of Several Draft Laws on Disability in India

Shreya Atrey - 11th October 2012

India has finally been taken over by the wave of legislative engagement with the rights of persons with disabilities (PwDs), several years after ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2007. This has resulted in three concrete proposals. The first, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2011 […]

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OxHRH Seminar Series: Philip Alston and Gráinne De Búrca

Import Import - 8th October 2012

The Oxford Human Rights Hub’s Autumn seminar series kicks off today.  Philip Alston speaks at 13:00 in the Oxford Law Faculty ‘Cube’ on the ‘The Progress Narrative in the New Historiography of the International Human Rights Regime’.  Gráinne De Búrca is presenting at 5pm in the Law Faculty SCR on ‘The European Court of Justice’s treatment […]

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When is a UK Bill of Rights not a UK Bill of Rights?

Amy Ruth Williams - 3rd October 2012

The recently published Human Rights and the UK Constitution* by Colm O’Cinneide is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what’s at stake in the current UK Bill of Rights debate (see the summary published on this blog last week). Such scholarship is especially important given the confusion surrounding the work of the government-appointed […]

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Human Rights and the UK Constitution

Colm OCinneide - 28th September 2012

UK human rights law has been the subject of considerable controversy over the past few years. A new report that I have written for the British Academy Policy Centre, Human Rights and the UK Constitution, aims to clarify the central issues at stake in this debate. Completion of the report was overseen by a steering […]

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Reanimating Equality

Davina Cooper - 25th September 2012

How do equality norms look when visualised through the lens of a social practice? In this post, Dr Cooper challenges existing conceptions of these norms using the example of public nudism.  Brian Coldin was prosecuted in 2011 for using a restaurant drive-thru in Ontario without clothes. This year, Britain’s “naked rambler”, Stephen Gough, was back […]

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Horizontal Application of the Right to Education in India

Jayna Kothari - 13th September 2012

A Full Bench of the Supreme Court of India delivered the long awaited judgment on the constitutionality of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (RTE Act). The case arose out of a series of petitions filed by several private aided and unaided schools, challenging the RTE Act and specifically Section […]

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Elusive Equalities Workshop: Live-blog

Import Import - 10th September 2012

This week Laura Hilly and Chris McConnachie will be live-blogging from the Oxford Human Rights Hub’s inaugural workshop, ‘Elusive Equalities: Sex, Gender and Women’, taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday in Oxford.   Leading academics and practitioners from nine countries will explore barriers to achieving gender equality and how human rights frameworks can be used to […]

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Trapped between the Fences

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler - 10th September 2012

Following Laura’s post on new Australian policies on asylum seekers, events on Israel’s border with Egypt shed light yet again on the Israeli government’s (mis)handling of (primarily Eritrean and Sudanese) asylum seekers. For a week, a group of about 20 Eritreans fleeing Egypt have been trapped, after they crossed the rather flimsy Egyptian fence into Israeli territory, only […]

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Getting real on children’s rights: Is offshore processing compatible with Australia’s legal obligations to child refugee applicants?

Jason Pobjoy - 8th September 2012

Amidst the fierce debate surrounding the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers (Houston Report) and the subsequent enactment of the Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Act 2012 (Cth) (Regional Processing Act), children’s rights have been kicked further under the carpet as the Australian Government persists in its crusade for legal exceptionalism. […]

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Getting real on children's rights: Is offshore processing compatible with Australia's legal obligations to child refugee applicants?

admin - 8th September 2012

Amidst the fierce debate surrounding the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers (Houston Report) and the subsequent enactment of the Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Act 2012 (Cth) (Regional Processing Act), children’s rights have been kicked further under the carpet as the Australian Government persists in its crusade for legal exceptionalism. […]

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