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López Soto v Venezuela: The Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ answer to violence against women

Angela Hefti - 19th June 2019

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ (IACtHR) feminist answer to torture and sexual enslavement in its September 2018 López Soto v Venezuela judgment is unprecedented. López Soto is the first femicide case before the Court, in which the victim could testify to the circumstances of her captivity and abuse. In 2001, Linda López Soto was abducted […]

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#Repeal162: Same-Sex Marriage Bogeyman an Incomprehensible Justification for Criminalizing Same-Sex Conduct

Kennedy Mwikya - 13th June 2019

Over the past six years, Kenyan human rights activists, lawyers and organisations have secured key legal victories that have underscored the Constitution’s prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. These victories include the affirmation of freedom of association for LGBTIQ persons, directing the government to commission research on the country’s intersex community with […]

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The ‘Unaffordable’ Pro-life Abortion Policy in Kenya

Christine Kahura - 13th June 2019

The narrow basis for the procurement of abortions in Kenya discriminates against women and girls based on their sex and gender. The most adversely affected are poor women and girls living in rural and informal settlements. These women must rely on unsafe back street abortions that pose a risk to their lives. One such woman […]

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Cuts to the UN Human Rights Bodies? We Know What This Leads To

Ben Warwick - 10th June 2019

The global populist backlash against multilateralism and rights is reaching the UN treaty bodies. These reactionary politics are manifesting in States’ refusal to pay their dues to the UN (the USA owes the UN $2182m), resulting in  ‘severe liquidity issues’.  Cutbacks have been scheduled. The UN treaty bodies have been informed that it is very […]

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Dutch child labour due diligence law: a step towards mandatory human rights due diligence

Anneloes Hoff - 10th June 2019

On 14 May 2019, the Dutch Senate adopted the Child Labour Due Diligence Law [Wet zorgplicht kinderarbeid]. The law requires companies selling goods or services to Dutch consumers to identify and prevent child labour in their supply chains. In doing so, the Netherlands follows an international trend towards mandatory corporate human rights due diligence. Over […]

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Boris Johnson combats allegations of misconduct in public office

Felicity Williams - 5th June 2019

Boris Johnson has been summoned to appear in the criminal courts: Is the case just a political stunt or ground-breaking litigation? Following a crowd funding campaign, Mr Ball has brought a private prosecution concerning claims made by Mr Johnson during the 2016 EU referendum and 2017 General Election. The three counts, alleging misconduct in public office, […]

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The entry of women into the legal profession under British colonial rule

Rishika Sahgal and Andrew Byrnes - 3rd June 2019

This year sees the centenary of the abolition of the legal barriers to women’s entry into the legal profession in the United Kingdom. The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 (UK), which commenced operation on 23 December 1919, provided that a person should not be disqualified ‘by sex or marriage from entering or assuming or carrying […]

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Stocker v Stocker: dictionaries, domestic violence, and defamation

Andrew Wheelhouse - 2nd June 2019

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that a woman was not liable in defamation to her ex-husband for writing public messages on Facebook stating that “he tried to strangle me”. In doing so the decision (which seems to bolster the right to freedom of expression as protected by Article 10, ECHR) offers some comfort to social […]

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South African Supreme Court of Appeal Confirms Principle of ‘Constitutional Damages’ for Homeless People Whose Property is Destroyed by State

Jackie Dugard - 31st May 2019

On 3 April 2019, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) handed down judgment in the matter of Ngomane & others v City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality & Another (Ngomane). In its judgment, the SCA declared that the destruction of the applicants’ property by the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality (Johannesburg) was unconstitutional, and […]

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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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