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Reconciliation and the Northern Ireland Legacy Act:  A Human Rights Perspective – Part 2

Reconciliation and the Northern Ireland Legacy Act: A Human Rights Perspective – Part 2

The first part of this blog drew on academic literature and international case law to examine the key components of a human rights centred concept of reconciliation. Here, we argue...
Reconciliation and the Northern Ireland Legacy Act: A Human Rights Perspective – Part 1

Reconciliation and the Northern Ireland Legacy Act: A Human Rights Perspective – Part 1

In February 2024, the High Court in Belfast declared in Dillon and others that fundamental aspects of the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Act 2023 are unlawful and should...
Green Reparations at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The La Oroya Judgment

Green Reparations at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The La Oroya Judgment

The La Oroya judgment, delivered by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) on 27 November 2023, but only published late March 2024, constitutes an important legal first in the...
The Dynamics of Legal Aid: Pro Bono Advocacy in Bangladesh’s Jurisprudence

The Dynamics of Legal Aid: Pro Bono Advocacy in Bangladesh’s Jurisprudence

Bangladesh’s democratic culture places a high priority on ensuring social and economic justice. By guaranteeing equality, fairness, and fundamental rights for all citizens, the Constitution seeks to establish a socialist...
A Right to Conscientious Objection Beyond the Military Context?

A Right to Conscientious Objection Beyond the Military Context?

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently held that Türkiye violated Article 9 of the Convention (freedom of conscience) when it convicted the Applicant, Mr Murat Kanatli, for refusing...
The dark side of amnesty laws: impunity guaranteed. The case of Nicaragua

The dark side of amnesty laws: impunity guaranteed. The case of Nicaragua

Amnesty laws can, in principle, be an acceptable transitional justice mechanism. It is sometimes the case that, due to lack of resources or political instability, criminal prosecutions are not a...
El lado oscuro de las leyes de amnistía: impunidad garantizada. El caso de Nicaragua

El lado oscuro de las leyes de amnistía: impunidad garantizada. El caso de Nicaragua

Las leyes de amnistía son, en principio, herramientas de justicia transicional perfectamente aceptables. En ocasiones, debido a factores tales como escasez de recursos o inestabilidad política, no es posible juzgar...
The Indian Telecommunication Act, 2023: A Beacon of Security or a Shroud on Liberty?

The Indian Telecommunication Act, 2023: A Beacon of Security or a Shroud on Liberty?

With the enactment of the Telecommunication Act 2023 (“Act”), there has been a tectonic shift in India’s telecommunication landscape. The Act supersedes the Indian Telegraph Act 1885 and the Indian...
The Indian Puttaswamy Judgments: Privacy Rights at Stake in the Pursuit of Social Security

The Indian Puttaswamy Judgments: Privacy Rights at Stake in the Pursuit of Social Security

Lately, the Indian government has attempted to completely digitise social welfare schemes, such as ration cards, pensions or health schemes by requiring beneficiaries to link their Aadhaar IDs (that is,...
The European Court of Human Rights’ Gendered Climate Docket: KlimaSeniorinnen and Duarte Agostinho

The European Court of Human Rights’ Gendered Climate Docket: KlimaSeniorinnen and Duarte Agostinho

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) just announced that the judgments in all three climate cases before the Grand Chamber will be issued on 9 April: Verein KlimaSeniorinnen v...
One year on, US journalist Evan Gershkovich remains a state hostage in Russia

One year on, US journalist Evan Gershkovich remains a state hostage in Russia

For the past twelve months, US journalist Evan Gershkovich, a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, has been held in a Moscow prison awaiting trial. Arrested by security services on...
How Texas’ Proposed Criminalisation of Immigration Jeopardises Human Rights Commitments

How Texas’ Proposed Criminalisation of Immigration Jeopardises Human Rights Commitments

Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) —which is currently blocked from taking effect— is the latest in a long line of repressive strategies that the state of Texas is using to...

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