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Veil of Discord: France’s Approach to Religious Clothing Condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Committee

Joris Bertrand - 19th December 2018

In three decisions issued on 10 August 2018 and 23 October 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) found that France violated rights guaranteed under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), because of its treatment of Muslim women wearing religious clothing. In the first case, an educational childcare centre employee was […]

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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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How the Harvard Affirmative Action Case Became a ‘Battle of Economists’

Yuvraj Joshi - 6th December 2018

The lawsuit over Harvard College’s affirmative action program has been called a ‘battle of economists.’  The economist for Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), an anti-affirmative-action organization, argues that Harvard’s admissions practices have “disproportionately negative effect on Asian Americans” compared to white applicants.  The economist for Harvard disputes SFFA’s selective reliance on available data and points […]

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Business and Human Rights: A Tale of Two Duties

Sandhya Drew - 5th December 2018

With effect from 29 March 2017, the French Loi de la Vigilance introduced into the Commercial Code a  duty on large companies to carry out a risk assessment down their supply chains in relation to human rights.  It bears many similarities to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in the UK but there […]

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Central American Caravan Migrants’ Right of Asylum Endangered by Trump’s Electoral Strategy

Alberto Soccol - 4th December 2018

On 13 October, a caravan of approximately 7,000 Central American migrants, including women and unaccompanied minors, departed from San Pedro Sula (Honduras) on its way to the United States. These migrants, who are fleeing extreme poverty and gang-related violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, are enduring dire humanitarian conditions and are exposed to the risk […]

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Socio-Economic Rights and Land Reform in Scotland: Learning from South Africa

Douglas Maxwell - 3rd December 2018

Balancing the property rights of landowners with the socio-economic rights of communities and tenants has developed into a focal point in the contemporary human rights debate in Scotland. This has become one of the most controversial topics at Holyrood since the Supreme Court in Salvesen v Riddell [2013] UKSC 22 unanimously held that a provision relating to […]

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Legal Gaps and Inconsistencies in India’s Commercial Surrogacy Ban

Aastha Malhotra - 30th November 2018

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, which was laid on the tables of both Houses in August 2017, no longer allows non-Indians to commission surrogacy in India. Only infertile Indian couples with at least five years of marriage and proved infertility are allowed surrogacy on altruistic grounds with a close female relative acting as a surrogate […]

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An Analysis of the Banning of the Hong Kong National Party and the Legitimate Restrictions on Freedom of Expression

Stephanie Tai - 28th November 2018

  On 24th September 2018, Secretary of Security John Lee issued a ban on the Hong Kong National Party (“the National Party”) under the Societies Ordinance on the basis that the National Party posed a “real threat to national security”. Section 8(1)(a) of the Societies Ordinance states that the Secretary for Security may prohibit the […]

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A Question of Values: Religious Schools, Discrimination, and LGBT+ Rights in Australia

Alice Taylor - 27th November 2018

Striking the appropriate balance between religious freedom and LGBT+ rights continues to be controversial across the world. In Australia, this controversy is currently situated in the schoolyard. The current debate centres around whether religious schools should be allowed to discriminate in connection to employment and the provision of education and training based on LGBT+ status. […]

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