Access to Justice

African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights Affirms the Right to Access Documents Necessary for Appeals

African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights Affirms the Right to Access Documents Necessary for Appeals

On 7 December 2018, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights delivered its judgment in the case of Mgosi Mwita Makungu v. Tanzania. This judgment affirms states’ obligations to...
The 40th Session of the Human Rights Council: Some Observations on State Behaviour

The 40th Session of the Human Rights Council: Some Observations on State Behaviour

The UN Human Rights Council, which was created in 2006, is currently holding its 40th Session. The HRC is the UN’s main human rights body, and is a political body...
Diminishing Accountability, Corruption, and C.Y. Leung

Diminishing Accountability, Corruption, and C.Y. Leung

The Hong Kong Bar Association formally issued a statement on 21st December 2018, regarding the Department of Justice’s choice to not obtain independent legal advice in its decision not to...
And then there were none: the decline of the right to access a lawyer?

And then there were none: the decline of the right to access a lawyer?

On 9 November 2018, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in Beuze v Belgium that withholding a suspect’s right to legal assistance during police...
 Parent Company Liability for Human Rights Abuses in the UK? We Need Clarity

 Parent Company Liability for Human Rights Abuses in the UK? We Need Clarity

The liability of parent companies for the extraterritorial human rights abuses committed by their subsidiaries has increasingly become a critical topic for both corporate and human rights litigators. The absence...
The Australian Legal Assistance Sector and the Critical Importance of Justice to Human Lives

The Australian Legal Assistance Sector and the Critical Importance of Justice to Human Lives

In February 2017, I was invited to be an ‘expert adviser’ for the Law Council of Australia’s (LCA) ‘Justice Project’. I was initially reticent. Senate Inquiries (2004; 2009; 2015), reviews,...
The future of law clinics: Part 2 – The Law Clinic in the University

The future of law clinics: Part 2 – The Law Clinic in the University

Earlier, I wrote about the role of law clinics as agents of social justice in a democracy. In this post, I will consider the institutional context in which law clinics...
The future of law clinics: Part 1 – Social Justice, Human Rights and Law Clinics

The future of law clinics: Part 1 – Social Justice, Human Rights and Law Clinics

It was clear from an excellent workshop in Tel Aviv University last month that an impressive number and variety of innovative projects are operating in law clinics in universities and...
Haralambous: The Supreme Court, Closed Proceedings and the Common Law, Round Three

Haralambous: The Supreme Court, Closed Proceedings and the Common Law, Round Three

The right to a fair trial is undoubtedly one of the most sacrosanct rights in most modern legal systems, and is manifested in one of the most important articles in...
Al-Bashir in Uganda: Head of State Immunity and the Rome Statute

Al-Bashir in Uganda: Head of State Immunity and the Rome Statute

Last month the High Court in Kampala declined to issue a provisional arrest warrant for visiting President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir. The decision followed an application by the Uganda Victims’...
A Good Day for the Rule of Law

A Good Day for the Rule of Law

‘We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either Justice or Right.’ (Magna Carta, cl XXXIX) Access to justice lies at the very...
Treaty Amendments and Access to Justice at the East African Court

Treaty Amendments and Access to Justice at the East African Court

On 31 March 2017 the East African Court of Justice (‘the Court’) handed down its judgment in the case of Steven Deniss v The Attorney General of Burundi et al.....

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