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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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Kimathi and Others v Foreign & Commonwealth Office

12KBW international and travel law team - 28th May 2019

Kimathi and Others v Foreign & Commonwealth Office [2018] EWHC 2066 (also known as the ‘Mau Mau litigation’, after the Mau Mau rebellion that was instrumental in Kenya’s independence movement) was a group litigation by 40,000 claimants in the English High Court. They alleged ill-treatment perpetrated by Britain and/or its representatives in the final ten years of […]

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Namibian Supreme Court finds that National Security Concerns do not Automatically Trump Free Speech

Kennedy Kariseb - 24th May 2019

The Namibian Supreme Court’s decision in Director-General of the Namibian Central Intelligence Service Another v Haufiku & Others, (Haufiku) sheds some light on the tensions between national security and fundamental human rights and freedoms, in this case, the freedom of the press. The case concerned the Namibian Central Intelligence Services’ (NCIS) appeal against the High […]

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Scrapping s 21: The need for secure private tenancies in England and Wales

Gianna Seglias - 24th May 2019

In a victory for tenants’ rights campaigners, the UK Government has announced it will consult on repealing s 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (“1988 Act”), which entitles landlords to recover possession under an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) without fault by the tenant after only six months. The campaign to #endsection21, which has been led by groups […]

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Capping Economic Inequalities

Meghan Campbell - 22nd May 2019

Last week, the UK Supreme Court in DA, DS and others v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions upheld a series of legal reforms that capped the level of benefits for lone parents, who are likely to be mothers, with young children under the age of 5. Lone parents with young children are forced […]

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Ukraine’s ostensible desire to adopt European liberal values

Adilya Zhilgildina - 21st May 2019

Violation of LGBT rights and hate crimes have become commonplace in Ukraine. Beyond facing discrimination in employment, healthcare and education, LGBT people in Ukraine are targeted for violent attacks, sexual abuse and even murder. Despite the efforts of LGBT-friendly President Poroshenkoto improve the situation, social change is unlikely to be achieved without addressing the underlying […]

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