Constitutions and Human Rights

Mind the values gap: do we really believe in the Constitution?

Mind the values gap: do we really believe in the Constitution?

South Africans often proudly proclaim that our Constitution is one of the most progressive in the world.  Yet if ...
Against Happiness: Why ‘Happiness’ is not a Good Measure of Progress

Against Happiness: Why ‘Happiness’ is not a Good Measure of Progress

'Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.' (Aristotle). Gross ...
Third Conference of States Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights: Another Brick on the Wall (or is it another brick off?)

Third Conference of States Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights: Another Brick on the Wall (or is it another brick off?)

On January 21st and 22nd, the Third Conference of States Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) ...
Lord Sumption on ‘The Limits of Law’

Lord Sumption on ‘The Limits of Law’

In the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Lecture, given in Kuala Lumpur on 20th November, Lord Sumption, Justice of the UK ...
The Mandela I Knew by Professor Bob Hepple QC, FBA

The Mandela I Knew by Professor Bob Hepple QC, FBA

I hesitated when asked to say something on the sad occasion of the death of Nelson Mandela, because so many ...
Australian judge lays down gauntlet for proponents of human rights instruments

Australian judge lays down gauntlet for proponents of human rights instruments

Last week we featured a post by Professor Brice Dickson on whether the common law would adequately fill any void ...
If the Human Rights Act were repealed, could the common law fill the void?

If the Human Rights Act were repealed, could the common law fill the void?

It now looks pretty certain that, if Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has his way, the Conservative Party ...
True Reconciliation Requires a Treaty

True Reconciliation Requires a Treaty

Treaties are accepted around the world as the means of reaching a settlement between Indigenous peoples and those ...
When does the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights apply? The case of Fransson and why we should care

When does the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights apply? The case of Fransson and why we should care

The recognition of fundamental rights as part of the general principles of EU law by the Court of Justice of the ...
Same Script, Different Cast: A Tale of Zambia's Constitutional Making Process

Same Script, Different Cast: A Tale of Zambia's Constitutional Making Process

On the 24th of October, Zambia celebrated its 49th year of Independence from British colonial rule. While Zambia ...
Same Script, Different Cast: A Tale of Zambia’s Constitutional Making Process

Same Script, Different Cast: A Tale of Zambia’s Constitutional Making Process

On the 24th of October, Zambia celebrated its 49th year of Independence from British colonial rule. While Zambia ...
Bridging The Divide? Integrating the Functions of National Equality Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions in the EU

Bridging The Divide? Integrating the Functions of National Equality Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions in the EU

National equality bodies (NEBs) and national human rights institutions (NHRIs) play important roles in promoting ...

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