Constitutions and Human Rights

Trillion-Rand South African Nuclear Procurement Halted By South African High Court

Trillion-Rand South African Nuclear Procurement Halted By South African High Court

The South African government’s nuclear procurement programme, already mired in controversy in the media amidst allegations of corruption, suffered a major set-back on 26 April 2017 when the High Court...
Can President Rouhani Promote Human Rights in Iran?

Can President Rouhani Promote Human Rights in Iran?

Moderate President Rouhani was re-elected President of Iran on 19 May 2017. In spite of his biggest achievement during his first term presidency —the Nuclear Deal reached on 14 July...
South African Constitutional Court Allows Secret Ballot for Motion of No Confidence in the President

South African Constitutional Court Allows Secret Ballot for Motion of No Confidence in the President

The South African Constitutional Court yesterday upheld an application by opposition political parties setting aside the refusal of the Speaker of Parliament to direct that a vote of no confidence...
What Price Human Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland?

What Price Human Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland is figuring prominently in the news again. This time it is the discussions between the Conservative Party and the DUP on the formation of a workable new British...
Treaty Amendments and Access to Justice at the East African Court

Treaty Amendments and Access to Justice at the East African Court

On 31 March 2017 the East African Court of Justice (‘the Court’) handed down its judgment in the case of Steven Deniss v The Attorney General of Burundi et al.....
One More Step Towards Human Rights Protection: Tunisia Allows Direct Access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

One More Step Towards Human Rights Protection: Tunisia Allows Direct Access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

On 16th April 2017, the Republic of Tunisia signed a declaration allowing individuals and NGOs to access the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as is required by Article...
Reinforcing Rights: Strengthening UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring at a Time of Crisis

Reinforcing Rights: Strengthening UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring at a Time of Crisis

The upcoming review of the UN’s human rights treaty bodies in 2020 provides an opportunity to increase the impact that these mechanisms have on States’ implementation of their human rights...
Is the Turkish Constitutional Referendum a Reflection of Democracy?

Is the Turkish Constitutional Referendum a Reflection of Democracy?

The constitutional referendum was held on 16 April in Turkey. In this referendum, the majority of Turkish people said “yes” to the constitutional amendments through which the Turkish governmental system...
A Precarious Future? Examining the UK Human Rights Act (with Sir Keir Starmer)

A Precarious Future? Examining the UK Human Rights Act (with Sir Keir Starmer)

The Human Rights Act incorporated the rights guaranteed in the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law. In this episode, we look at the Human Rights Act in a...
The White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill: Part III – More Bad News

The White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill: Part III – More Bad News

This is the final post on the human rights implications of the White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill. The first post argued that there was some good news to...
Derogating from Fundamental Human Rights under the Turkish State of Emergency

Derogating from Fundamental Human Rights under the Turkish State of Emergency

Five days after the coup failed on 15 July 2016 in Turkey, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency from 21 July 2016 for a period of ninety days,...
Norms and Conventions Meet Donald Trump

Norms and Conventions Meet Donald Trump

I previously promised evidence that Donald Trump disrespected norms designed to discipline presidential candidates and has since flouted constitutional conventions designed to keep partisanship within reasonable bounds, ensure governmental competence...

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