Constitutions and Human Rights

Clause Seven of the Bill of Rights Bill: Diluting Rights Protection and Undermining Parliamentary Democracy

Clause Seven of the Bill of Rights Bill: Diluting Rights Protection and Undermining Parliamentary Democracy

Image description: The Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom and his attendants If enacted in its present form the Bill of Rights Bill would compromise judicial independence, dilute ECHR rights...
The Bill of Rights Bill: Playing Fast and Loose with the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (Again)

The Bill of Rights Bill: Playing Fast and Loose with the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (Again)

Image Description: The Crest of the UK The Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement 1998 (GFA) were deeply interconnected. Throughout the negotiations which led to the...
Proposed Reforms to the UK Human Rights Act

Proposed Reforms to the UK Human Rights Act

Image description: A UK official stands at a podium with a banner behind reading ‘Human Rights and Democracy’ In December 2021, the UK Government released its consultation document proposing changes...
Marriage For All: Same-Sex Marriage in Japan

Marriage For All: Same-Sex Marriage in Japan

Image description: The exterior of the Supreme Court of Japan. Japanese law neither recognises marriage between same-sex couples nor has the system of civil partnership at the national level. As...
Detention Laws in Malaysia: Parliament Rejects Motion to Extend Security Powers

Detention Laws in Malaysia: Parliament Rejects Motion to Extend Security Powers

Image description: Protesters gather at a human rights rally in Malaysia. The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) has been subject to serious criticism by human rights organisations and...
Leigh v Commissioner for the Police of the Metropolis: Fundamental Rights during COVID

Leigh v Commissioner for the Police of the Metropolis: Fundamental Rights during COVID

Image description: Large collection of lit candles amidst darkness In Leigh v Commissioner for the Police of the Metropolis [2022] EWHC 527, the High Court ruled that the Metropolitan Police...
The Times and Temporalities of International Human Rights Law

The Times and Temporalities of International Human Rights Law

Image description: An ornate timepiece covered in gold and enamel, as representative of the timepieces of international human rights law. Time is an element of our everyday lives, something that...
Vaccine Mandates in the United States: Multi-level Actors and Rights in Tension: Federal Government Mandates (Part III)

Vaccine Mandates in the United States: Multi-level Actors and Rights in Tension: Federal Government Mandates (Part III)

Image description: Two COVID vaccine vials. State government vaccine mandates raise complex legal and ethical questions, some of which are discussed in Part II of this series. But these complications...
Vaccine Mandates in the United States: Multi-level Actors and Rights in Tension: State Mandates (Part II)

Vaccine Mandates in the United States: Multi-level Actors and Rights in Tension: State Mandates (Part II)

Image description: A woman with a vaccine at a mass vaccination site. While private employer vaccine mandates have proven somewhat controversial in the United States, the real source of controversy...
Vaccine Mandates in the United States: Multi-level Actors and Rights in Tension: Private Employers (Part I)

Vaccine Mandates in the United States: Multi-level Actors and Rights in Tension: Private Employers (Part I)

Image description: A person getting vaccinated. Several states, municipalities, and even private entities in the United States have imposed COVID-19 vaccine mandates. But it was not until September 2021 that...
Alison Young on UK Human Rights Act Review

Alison Young on UK Human Rights Act Review

Adbi Ibrahim v Norway: What It Takes to Make People Feel Integrated “Here in Europe” Without Necessarily “Becoming Like Them Norwegian Christians”

Adbi Ibrahim v Norway: What It Takes to Make People Feel Integrated “Here in Europe” Without Necessarily “Becoming Like Them Norwegian Christians”

Image Description: A Norwegian flag flying in the sky. On December 10th, the ECtHR’s GC (Grand Chamber) issued its last 2021 judgment in Adbi Ibrahim, a truly sad case. The...

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