Constitutions and Human Rights

Developing the Customary Law to Give Effect to the Constitutional Commitment to Substantive Equality: Mayelane v Ngwenyama

Developing the Customary Law to Give Effect to the Constitutional Commitment to Substantive Equality: Mayelane v Ngwenyama

The South African Constitution expressly provides for the horizontal application of the Bill of Rights, stating ...
The choice before us? The report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights

The choice before us? The report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights

In an article recently published in Public Law, Prof. Francesca Klug and I set out our analysis of the ill-fated ...
A Human Rights Act for Australia: a transfer of power to the High Court, or a more democratic form of judicial decision-making?

A Human Rights Act for Australia: a transfer of power to the High Court, or a more democratic form of judicial decision-making?

Australia is the only Western country without some form of a national Bill of Rights. In 2008, the National Human ...
Zimbabwe’s New Constitution: The Interplay between Election Reform and Constitutional Reform

Zimbabwe’s New Constitution: The Interplay between Election Reform and Constitutional Reform

The new Constitution of Zimbabwe was signed into law on 22 May 2013. It contains several provisions that are ...
Zimbabwe's New Constitution: The Interplay between Election Reform and Constitutional Reform

Zimbabwe's New Constitution: The Interplay between Election Reform and Constitutional Reform

The new Constitution of Zimbabwe was signed into law on 22 May 2013. It contains several provisions that are ...
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Constitution-Making and Voter Education in Zimbabwe

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Constitution-Making and Voter Education in Zimbabwe

By Obert Hodzi Over the past decade, Zimbabwe has been characterised by political turmoil and economic meltdown ...
The Future of Human Rights on These Islands

The Future of Human Rights on These Islands

Now that the idea of a new UK Bill of Rights appears to be buried, choices re-emerge. The predicted outcome of the ...
An Initial Reaction to the Commission on a Bill of Rights Final Report

An Initial Reaction to the Commission on a Bill of Rights Final Report

David Feldman, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge and former Legal Adviser to the ...
Release of the Commission on a Bill of Rights Final Report

Release of the Commission on a Bill of Rights Final Report

The Commission on a Bill of Rights released its final report today.  The Report is available on the Commission's ...
‘He Believed in People’: Remembering Arthur Chaskalson

‘He Believed in People’: Remembering Arthur Chaskalson

by Geoff Budlender Arthur Chaskalson, former Chief Justice of South Africa and a champion of human rights, ...
The Universality of Human Rights Norms: Why the UK should stay with Strasbourg

The Universality of Human Rights Norms: Why the UK should stay with Strasbourg

The view is often heard in discussions in anticipation of the report of the Commission on a British Bill of Rights ...
The UK's Human Rights 'Report Card'

The UK's Human Rights 'Report Card'

  The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) – the review of each UN member ...

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