Constitutions and Human Rights

Rule of Law in Hong Kong’s Brave New World

Rule of Law in Hong Kong’s Brave New World

Hong Kong must have thought to itself, “O brave new world, that has such people in it”, as it listened to a speech by the Director of Beijing’s Liaison Office...
The Role of Parliaments in the Protection and Realisation of the Rule of Law and Human Rights

The Role of Parliaments in the Protection and Realisation of the Rule of Law and Human Rights

What is the role of parliaments in the protection and realisation of the rule of law and human rights? Should there be a set of internationally agreed principles and guidelines...
Queensland Parliament Lights Up the Night for Human Rights

Queensland Parliament Lights Up the Night for Human Rights

Monday 14th September 2015 saw an exciting development on the legislative human rights front in Australia, as a coalition of NGOs, community groups and community members hosted a public launch...
A Human Rights Perspective of the Supreme Court Verdict on the Basic Structure Doctrine

A Human Rights Perspective of the Supreme Court Verdict on the Basic Structure Doctrine

In a recent verdict by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (“SCP”), the constitutionality of, inter alia, the 21st amendment—whereby the Federal Government can transfer the trial of certain terrorism-related offences...
Another first: Reparations Awarded to Victims at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Another first: Reparations Awarded to Victims at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The recent award of reparations by the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to the applicants in Zongo and others v Burkina Faso cements the case as a landmark...
Constitutional Reasoning About Same-Sex Marriage

Constitutional Reasoning About Same-Sex Marriage

By including same-sex couples within the constitutional right to marry, the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges (26th June 2015) is of great practical significance. It...
Enforcing a ‘Universal’ Declaration: UN Efforts to hold Non-State Actors Accountable for Human Rights

Enforcing a ‘Universal’ Declaration: UN Efforts to hold Non-State Actors Accountable for Human Rights

The UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 as an expression of universally binding human rights, applicable to “all members of the human family”. Whilst...
A Supreme Court at the Centre of a Deeply Divided Society

A Supreme Court at the Centre of a Deeply Divided Society

From January 01 to April 01 2015 I worked as a Foreign Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel. This internship was generously funded by Oxford Pro Bono Publico...
Imprisoning Children: Against Lowering the Age of Criminal Responsibility in Brazil

Imprisoning Children: Against Lowering the Age of Criminal Responsibility in Brazil

The Brazilian House of Representatives is on a fast track to adopt a constitutional amendment (PEC 171/1993) by the end of this month to lower the age of criminal responsibility...
Bram Fischer: Dissent and Challenge From Within

Bram Fischer: Dissent and Challenge From Within

Bram Fischer’s courage entailed a radical challenge to his own heritage, to his family’s history and connections, and to the establishment of his time. We admire him. But too easily...
The Future of Human Rights in the UK

The Future of Human Rights in the UK

Adam Wagner (One Crown Office Row and founder of RightsInfo.org) gave a very timely seminar on 12 May 2015 for the OxHRH and the Oxford Martin School Human Rights for...
The Future of the HRA 1998 Under the Conservative Party

The Future of the HRA 1998 Under the Conservative Party

2015, much like 1992, will go down as a General Election for the UK pollsters to forget. After months of predicting that no single party would win an outright majority,...

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