Constitutions and Human Rights

Building Institutions for the Long-Term: the Need for Normative Transparency

Building Institutions for the Long-Term: the Need for Normative Transparency

The Oxford Martin Programme on human rights for future generations brought together politicians, philosophers, and NGOs in its conference on ‘How can institutional mechanism safeguard for tomorrow, today?’ on 21...
Why the UK Should Embrace the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

Why the UK Should Embrace the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

The UK evinces a certain amount of skepticism for both human rights and for Europe. There has been much publicity about the plans of a Conservative government to repeal the...
The South African Public Protector’s Remedial Powers: A Need for Clarity

The South African Public Protector’s Remedial Powers: A Need for Clarity

The South African Public Protector is a critically important constitutional institution. The Public Protector is tasked, along with other Chapter Nine institutions, with strengthening constitutional democracy in South Africa. Indeed,...
The South African Public Protector's Remedial Powers: A Need for Clarity

The South African Public Protector's Remedial Powers: A Need for Clarity

The South African Public Protector is a critically important constitutional institution. The Public Protector is tasked, along with other Chapter Nine institutions, with strengthening constitutional democracy in South Africa. Indeed,...
National Pro Bono Week – SAJAP: Facilitating Justice in Namibia

National Pro Bono Week – SAJAP: Facilitating Justice in Namibia

We continue our celebration of National Pro Bono Week (NPBW), today with a post from Claire Palmer on her experiences as an intern at the Supreme Court of Namibia in...
Human Rights in the UK Media: Representation and Reality

Human Rights in the UK Media: Representation and Reality

On 19 September, the Human Rights and International Law Unit of the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool hosted a one day seminar – part...
Is An Obsession With Foreign Investment Eroding Democracy in Papua New Guinea?

Is An Obsession With Foreign Investment Eroding Democracy in Papua New Guinea?

Often described as “an island of gold floating on a sea of oil”, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one of the top ten resource-dependent economies in the world. But robust...
Civil Society Wants its Voice Heard in Post-2015 Development

Civil Society Wants its Voice Heard in Post-2015 Development

During the last week of August the UN headquarters in New York was effectively taken over by civil society. Over 4000 participants from non-governmental organisations around the world gathered for...
Charting the Future of Development:  A Tale of Two Agendas

Charting the Future of Development: A Tale of Two Agendas

Editor’s note: this post is the winning entry for the OxHRH Summer Short Essay Competition 2014.   For its sheer scale, poverty is the greatest systemic human rights violation of...
The Sustainable Development Goals: a new vision of development?

The Sustainable Development Goals: a new vision of development?

On 19 July, after eighteen months of fraught negotiation, a UN Open Working Group of seventy governments adopted a proposal for seventeen goals to ensure a sustainable future—economically, socially, and...
La reforma constitucional en materia de derechos humanos en México y la impunidad: las víctimas en el laberinto

La reforma constitucional en materia de derechos humanos en México y la impunidad: las víctimas en el laberinto

La situación de derechos humanos en México ha sufrido un deterioro notorio en los últimos años debido a múltiples factores (como la debilidad del estado de derecho, el incremento del...
The Mexican Human Rights Constitutional Amendment and Impunity: Victims in a Labyrinth

The Mexican Human Rights Constitutional Amendment and Impunity: Victims in a Labyrinth

The human rights situation in Mexico has suffered a notorious deterioration in the past few years due to multiple factors (such as the weakness of the rule of law, the...

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