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Ten years of the Argentine inquiry into Franco-era crimes: what has been achieved?

Ten years of the Argentine inquiry into Franco-era crimes: what has been achieved?

On 14 April 2010, the Argentinean criminal courts began an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed during the Franco regime. The investigation was initiated under the principle of universal...
Communication, Education and Speech Difficulties in the Criminal Justice System

Communication, Education and Speech Difficulties in the Criminal Justice System

The level of educational achievement by incarcerated offenders in the UK is far lower than the average. In addition, 40-50% of prisoners assessed in John Rack’s research for the Dyslexia...
BHP to be Dammed?

BHP to be Dammed?

On 5 November 2015, a devastating mudslide following the collapse of the Fundao Dam tore through Mariana, Brazil, destroying entire cities, decimating the environment and destroying historic, cultural and religious...
Uber v Heller and the Prospects for a Transnational Judicial Dialogue on the Gig Economy – II

Uber v Heller and the Prospects for a Transnational Judicial Dialogue on the Gig Economy – II

In the coming days, labour lawyers from around the world will be tuning in to watch the arguments in Uber v Aslam. In terms of the wider ramifications of the...
Uber v Heller and the Prospects for a Transnational Judicial Dialogue on the Gig Economy – I

Uber v Heller and the Prospects for a Transnational Judicial Dialogue on the Gig Economy – I

Across the world, Gig employers are now facing a legal reckoning in the highest courts. On 21st July, the issue of whether Uber drivers are ‘workers’ will be considered by...
Temporary Exclusion Orders and the Right to a Fair Hearing in the UK

Temporary Exclusion Orders and the Right to a Fair Hearing in the UK

In QX v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020], the UK High Court reached a landmark preliminary decision that ECHR Article 6 applies to the judicial review of...
South African court rejects petition to award constitutional damages and extend emotional shock and grief claims in pit-latrine drowning case

South African court rejects petition to award constitutional damages and extend emotional shock and grief claims in pit-latrine drowning case

In 2014, 5-year old Michael Komape tragically drowned in a sludge of human excrement when the pit-latrine at his rural school in the Limpopo province collapsed. While the Supreme Court...
Tanzania’s Withdrawal of Access to the African Court: Further Retrogression in Human Rights Protection in East Africa

Tanzania’s Withdrawal of Access to the African Court: Further Retrogression in Human Rights Protection in East Africa

The Tanzanian government has withdrawn its special declaration to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court), and as a result, individuals and NGOs cannot directly file cases...
Historic South African Silicosis Class Action Settlement Approved

Historic South African Silicosis Class Action Settlement Approved

On 26 July 2019, the High Court approved a settlement between 20 goldmining companies operating in South Africa (including African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold)...
Innovative remedies under a flexible Constitution: A view from South Africa

Innovative remedies under a flexible Constitution: A view from South Africa

As an undergraduate, the focal point of interest in a case was what happened in court. The judgment, and specifically the ratio; the facts, maybe the arguments from time to...
Cuts to the UN Human Rights Bodies? We Know What This Leads To

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

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...
Kimathi and Others v Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Kimathi and Others v Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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)...

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