Constitutions and Human Rights

Dobbs Employs Narrow Framing to Narrow Fundamental Rights

Dobbs Employs Narrow Framing to Narrow Fundamental Rights

Image description: A picture of the front entrance of the US Supreme Court building, which has ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ carved into it. Dobbs holds that the Fourteenth Amendment does...
West Virginia v EPA: Thwarting Robust Legal Reasoning

West Virginia v EPA: Thwarting Robust Legal Reasoning

Image description: Coat of arms of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In West Virginia v Environmental Protection Agency (30 June 2022), a six-person majority of the US Supreme Court...
When is a Right Not a Right? The British Bill of Rights

When is a Right Not a Right? The British Bill of Rights

Image description: Front page of British Bill of Rights Bill. The Bill of Rights Bill, which repeals the Human Rights Act 1998, claims to ‘give effect’ to the rights set...
A Bone Tossed to the Europhobes – Free Speech in Britain’s Proposed Bill of Rights

A Bone Tossed to the Europhobes – Free Speech in Britain’s Proposed Bill of Rights

Image Description: Graffiti of “Free Speech” on a red brick wall with a person with their back to the camera in a pink t-shirt, baseball cap and shorts standing beside...
One Step Forward and Two Steps Back – The Bill of Rights Bill and Overseas Military Operations

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back – The Bill of Rights Bill and Overseas Military Operations

The development of human rights protection throughout history has been characterised by cycles of advancement and regression. The US constitution’s idealistic declarations of equality and freedom swiftly gave way to...
Clause Seven of the Bill of Rights Bill: Diluting Rights Protection and Undermining Parliamentary Democracy

Clause Seven of the Bill of Rights Bill: Diluting Rights Protection and Undermining Parliamentary Democracy

Image description: The Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom and his attendants If enacted in its present form the Bill of Rights Bill would compromise judicial independence, dilute ECHR rights...
The Bill of Rights Bill: Playing Fast and Loose with the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (Again)

The Bill of Rights Bill: Playing Fast and Loose with the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (Again)

Image Description: The Crest of the UK The Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement 1998 (GFA) were deeply interconnected. Throughout the negotiations which led to the...
Proposed Reforms to the UK Human Rights Act

Proposed Reforms to the UK Human Rights Act

Image description: A UK official stands at a podium with a banner behind reading ‘Human Rights and Democracy’ In December 2021, the UK Government released its consultation document proposing changes...
Marriage For All: Same-Sex Marriage in Japan

Marriage For All: Same-Sex Marriage in Japan

Image description: The exterior of the Supreme Court of Japan. Japanese law neither recognises marriage between same-sex couples nor has the system of civil partnership at the national level. As...
Detention Laws in Malaysia: Parliament Rejects Motion to Extend Security Powers

Detention Laws in Malaysia: Parliament Rejects Motion to Extend Security Powers

Image description: Protesters gather at a human rights rally in Malaysia. The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) has been subject to serious criticism by human rights organisations and...
Leigh v Commissioner for the Police of the Metropolis: Fundamental Rights during COVID

Leigh v Commissioner for the Police of the Metropolis: Fundamental Rights during COVID

Image description: Large collection of lit candles amidst darkness In Leigh v Commissioner for the Police of the Metropolis [2022] EWHC 527, the High Court ruled that the Metropolitan Police...
The Times and Temporalities of International Human Rights Law

The Times and Temporalities of International Human Rights Law

Image description: An ornate timepiece covered in gold and enamel, as representative of the timepieces of international human rights law. Time is an element of our everyday lives, something that...

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