Constitutions and Human Rights

Parental Leave, Equality and Dignity in South Africa: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Parental Leave, Equality and Dignity in South Africa: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

On 25 October 2023, the Johannesburg High Court of South Africa in Van Wyk v Minister of Employment and Labour [2023] ZAGPJHC 1213 declared certain provisions of the Basic Conditions...
Democratic Descent in Niger: From Hope to Uncertainty

Democratic Descent in Niger: From Hope to Uncertainty

In the first peaceful democratic transition of power since the independence of Niger, Mohammed Bazoum was elected President by constitutional elections in 2021. Just two years later he was overthrown...
The Fundamental Knot: Why a Hands-Off Approach by the Indian Judiciary Poses a Challenge to Marriage Equality in India

The Fundamental Knot: Why a Hands-Off Approach by the Indian Judiciary Poses a Challenge to Marriage Equality in India

The Supreme Court of India on 17 October 2023 delivered its long-awaited judgement on the legality of same-sex marriages in the country. The 3:2 majority verdict refused to recognise the...
India’s Women’s Reservation Bill: Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling

India’s Women’s Reservation Bill: Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling

India’s social fabric is complex and diverse, and women’s ability to realise substantive equality in this environment has long been of concern to advocates for social justice. In particular, the...
LGBTQIA+ Rights under siege: Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023

LGBTQIA+ Rights under siege: Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023

On May 26 2023, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law one of the globe’s harshest anti-LGBTQ bills, criminalising same-sex activities, including the possibility of the death penalty for those...
(Re)Learning from the Ground-Breaking Judgement of the Supreme Court of Mauritius Decriminalising Sodomy: A Kenyan Perspective

(Re)Learning from the Ground-Breaking Judgement of the Supreme Court of Mauritius Decriminalising Sodomy: A Kenyan Perspective

On 4 October 2023, the Supreme Court of Mauritius delivered a ground-breaking judgment in the case of Abdool Ah Seek v State of Mauritius, which effectively ruled that a law...
Silencing the Indigenous Voice: How Australians Have Failed Their Own People Part II

Silencing the Indigenous Voice: How Australians Have Failed Their Own People Part II

The first part of this blog series addressed the background to the referendum and the Constitution of Australia, including how it derives from racially discriminatory beliefs which would later be...
Silencing the Indigenous Voice: How Australians Have Failed Their Own People Part I

Silencing the Indigenous Voice: How Australians Have Failed Their Own People Part I

Last week’s failed referendum affirms the deep-seated racial prejudice embedded in Australia’s public institutions, and demonstrates how this marginalisation continues to be perpetrated by the Australian populace more broadly. Following...
Derechos Trans y el Parlamento Escocés: Poniendo a Prueba los Límites Constitucionales del Autogobierno de Escocia

Derechos Trans y el Parlamento Escocés: Poniendo a Prueba los Límites Constitucionales del Autogobierno de Escocia

El gobierno británico ha bloqueado la Ley de Reconocimiento de Género de Escocia, argumentando que afecta a materias reservadas al Parlamento británico, lo que ha desencadenado una gran controversia. El...
Trans Rights and the Scottish Parliament: Testing the Constitutional Limits of Scottish Self-government

Trans Rights and the Scottish Parliament: Testing the Constitutional Limits of Scottish Self-government

The British government’s recent veto of the Scottish Gender Recognition Bill, alleging its impact on matters reserved for the UK Parliament, has caused significant controversy. The Bill, which was passed...
Religious Freedom versus Free Speech: Sweden’s Legal Tightrope

Religious Freedom versus Free Speech: Sweden’s Legal Tightrope

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution aimed at combating religious hatred and blasphemy in Sweden following two distressing incidents in which the Qur’an, the holy text...
Suicides within India’s Agricultural Industry: How Climate Change and Government Policy are Impacting Human Rights

Suicides within India’s Agricultural Industry: How Climate Change and Government Policy are Impacting Human Rights

Over 650 farmers have committed suicide in the central region of Maharashtra, India, from January to August 2023. Climate change and the stress it places on agriculture have been the...

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