Constitutions and Human Rights

Promoting ‘Gender Ideology’: Constitutional Court of Bulgaria Declares Istanbul Convention Unconstitutional

Promoting ‘Gender Ideology’: Constitutional Court of Bulgaria Declares Istanbul Convention Unconstitutional

On July 27 Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court ruled that the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating ...
State Policy or Individual Right: The Recent Development of Environmental Protection in China

State Policy or Individual Right: The Recent Development of Environmental Protection in China

In late June 2018, the Chinese State Council released the three-year action plan to 'win the battle for blue ...
Coup, Constitution and the Count: Zimbabwe’s Disputed Elections

Coup, Constitution and the Count: Zimbabwe’s Disputed Elections

In November 2017, Robert Mugabe’s 38-year rule ended. At the time, I called this what it was – a coup – though ...
Is the restitution of land in the ‘public interest’?

Is the restitution of land in the ‘public interest’?

In the wake of public hearings taking place around South Africa concerning the Parliamentary motion to review and ...
The Fate of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in UK Law After Brexit is Sealed

The Fate of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in UK Law After Brexit is Sealed

On Monday in the House of Lords, Lord Pannick withdrew his amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill retaining the EU ...
The EU Withdrawal Bill in the Commons: Parliament surrendering control?

The EU Withdrawal Bill in the Commons: Parliament surrendering control?

Last week, the EU Withdrawal Bill returned to the Commons, so MPs could scrutinise and vote on amendments made to ...
The Human Rights Implications of Xi Jingping’s Limitless Presidential Term

The Human Rights Implications of Xi Jingping’s Limitless Presidential Term

China’s National People’s Congress recently passed a constitutional change to remove the two-term presidential ...
Developments from the 48th Ordinary Session of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Developments from the 48th Ordinary Session of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

In the last week of February 2018, Africa’s principal human and peoples’ rights judicial organ, the African Court ...
Fascination with Kenya’s Presidency has Overlooked the Real Changes Happening Locally  

Fascination with Kenya’s Presidency has Overlooked the Real Changes Happening Locally  

Kenya’s 2010 constitution replaced the country’s centralised governance structure with one of the world’s most ...
Taking the backseat? Strategic utilisation of human rights in the implementation of SDGs

Taking the backseat? Strategic utilisation of human rights in the implementation of SDGs

Human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are closely entwined. The text of the Agenda declares ...
The bogey of judicial overreach in South Africa: A note on Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly

The bogey of judicial overreach in South Africa: A note on Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly

Discussions over the contours of the separation of powers principle in South Africa continue to smoulder. During ...
Irish High Court rules Constitution protects a ‘Right to an Environment’

Irish High Court rules Constitution protects a ‘Right to an Environment’

The recent 2017, Irish High Court judgment on environmental rights has been described as ‘historic’ as it declared ...

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