Constitutions and Human Rights

Joint Report Examines ‘Systemic’ Corruption in the South African Water Sector—But What Of Human Rights?

Joint Report Examines ‘Systemic’ Corruption in the South African Water Sector—But What Of Human Rights?

A seminal joint report published by the Water Integrity Network and Corruption Watch earlier this year critically examines corruption in the South African Department of Water and Sanitation. The report...
The Voice of Hong Kong in Exile (with Nathan Law)

The Voice of Hong Kong in Exile (with Nathan Law)

During the Umbrella Movement in 2014, Nathan Law was one of the five representatives who took part in the dialogue with the Government debating political reform. Upholding non-violent civic actions,...
The Transformative Possibilities of a Constitution (with Joel Modiri and Gautam Bhatia)

The Transformative Possibilities of a Constitution (with Joel Modiri and Gautam Bhatia)

Constitutions are the legal bedrock of many countries, but they’re also political, and are produced within a specific socio-historical context, much like any text. As much as Constitutions are there...
Human Rights, International Law and The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill 2020

Human Rights, International Law and The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill 2020

The recently published United Kingdom Internal Market Bill 2020 has caused – to put it mildly – quite a stir upon its arrival. Partly due to the Government’s admission that...
Advancing a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

Advancing a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

In times of crisis, the protection of human rights is fundamental. Covid-19 presents unprecedented challenges for any government. However, for a government in a post-conflict setting, such as Northern Ireland,...
Human Rights Law Should Meet the Administrative State

Human Rights Law Should Meet the Administrative State

Human rights depend on a well-functioning administrative state. If the administrative state is dysfunctional, it will not be able to realise the promise of human rights. While obvious in some...
Kosovo’s Constitutional Court finds COVID-19 Measures Unconstitutional

Kosovo’s Constitutional Court finds COVID-19 Measures Unconstitutional

Measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic in Kosovo have been subject to political contest and legal challenge. In a press conference on March 17, 2020, the President of Kosovo Hashim...
The Conventionality Control Doctrine of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: a Critical Approach

The Conventionality Control Doctrine of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: a Critical Approach

Since 2006, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) has developed the “Conventionality Control”doctrine. Similar to “Constitutional Review”, which seeks to establish the prevalence of the Constitution of each state...
Gender Parity in the Chilean Constitutional Convention: What Does it Mean for Chilean Democracy?

Gender Parity in the Chilean Constitutional Convention: What Does it Mean for Chilean Democracy?

Recently, on March 4, 2020, the two chambers of the Chilean Congress approved gender parity for the election of the Constitutional Convention that will shape the new Chilean Constitution. What...
Trumping Human Rights in the United States? The Commission on Unalienable Rights

Trumping Human Rights in the United States? The Commission on Unalienable Rights

It is a common and very productive exercise, within contemporary philosophical or anthropological inquires, to examine the foundations and content of human rights. What’s more unusual is for a nation-state...
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...
Comparative Human Rights Law Book Launch: Sandy Fredman in Conversation with Colm O’Cinneide

Comparative Human Rights Law Book Launch: Sandy Fredman in Conversation with Colm O’Cinneide

Law, as a starting point for global conversation around the role of law, lawyers, courts, and judges in forwarding human rights in different contexts. Each episode will delve into the...

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