Constitutions and Human Rights

Die direkte Demokratie in Aktion: Die Schweizer Stimmbevölkerung entscheidet zugunsten einer Erhöhung der gesetzlichen Altersrente

Die direkte Demokratie in Aktion: Die Schweizer Stimmbevölkerung entscheidet zugunsten einer Erhöhung der gesetzlichen Altersrente

Am 3. März 2024 hat sich die Schweizer Stimmbevölkerung für eine dreizehnte jährliche Zahlung der Alters- und Hinterbliebenenversicherung (AHV), aber gegen eine schrittweise Erhöhung des gesetzlichen Rentenalters ausgesprochen. Zum ersten...
La démocratie directe en action : Les électeurs suisses décident d’augmenter la rente de vieillesse de l’Etat

La démocratie directe en action : Les électeurs suisses décident d’augmenter la rente de vieillesse de l’Etat

Le 3 mars 2024, les électeurs suisses se sont prononcés en faveur d’un treizième versement annuel de l’assurance vieillesse et survivants (AVS), mais contre le relèvement progressif de l’âge légal...
The Indian Puttaswamy Judgments: Privacy Rights at Stake in the Pursuit of Social Security

The Indian Puttaswamy Judgments: Privacy Rights at Stake in the Pursuit of Social Security

Lately, the Indian government has attempted to completely digitise social welfare schemes, such as ration cards, pensions or health schemes by requiring beneficiaries to link their Aadhaar IDs (that is,...
The European Court of Human Rights’ Gendered Climate Docket: KlimaSeniorinnen and Duarte Agostinho

The European Court of Human Rights’ Gendered Climate Docket: KlimaSeniorinnen and Duarte Agostinho

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) just announced that the judgments in all three climate cases before the Grand Chamber will be issued on 9 April: Verein KlimaSeniorinnen v...
How Texas’ Proposed Criminalisation of Immigration Jeopardises Human Rights Commitments

How Texas’ Proposed Criminalisation of Immigration Jeopardises Human Rights Commitments

Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) —which is currently blocked from taking effect— is the latest in a long line of repressive strategies that the state of Texas is using to...
The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Key reports, themes, and issues

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Key reports, themes, and issues

The right to Freedom of Religion or Belief (FORB) continues to be one of the most important and vulnerable human rights globally. Evidence of rising incidents of racial and religious...
Shamima Begum – A Disappointing Precedent for the Protection of Victims of Trafficking

Shamima Begum – A Disappointing Precedent for the Protection of Victims of Trafficking

As the face of the UK’s counter-terrorism response, the Shamima Begum case continues to shine a spotlight on the critical intersection of counter-terrorism measures and the problem of human trafficking....
The Aberdeen housing crisis: Cementing housing rights in Scotland

The Aberdeen housing crisis: Cementing housing rights in Scotland

In February 2024, hundreds of residents of privately and council-owned houses in Aberdeen began being moved out of their homes after around 500 homes were found to have been constructed...
If Frozen Embryos Are Unborn Children Then What Is IVF’s Future in the United States?

If Frozen Embryos Are Unborn Children Then What Is IVF’s Future in the United States?

In Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022), the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade(1973), and the fate of reproductive freedom fell to the political whims of state...
The Fundamental Rights of Trans and Nonbinary Minors in Schools: Challenges in Canada

The Fundamental Rights of Trans and Nonbinary Minors in Schools: Challenges in Canada

The pernicious instinct to roll back the rights of trans and nonbinary folks for political gain has drifted north from the USA to Canada. Three provinces have recently announced reductions...
How can we guard against AI-generated discrimination?

How can we guard against AI-generated discrimination?

One of the most commonly expressed concerns about AI systems is their capacity to produce unfairly discriminatory outputs and decisions. Well-known examples abound: for instance, in healthcare, AI-enabled decision support...
La Belgique criminalise l’écocide: une (imparfaite) première européenne

La Belgique criminalise l’écocide: une (imparfaite) première européenne

Le 22 février 2024, la Belgique a marqué l’histoire en adoptant un nouveau code pénal criminalisant l’écocide dans son droit interne. Il s’agit de la première fois qu’une telle interdiction...

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