Counter-terrorism

Work of Oxford Pro Bono Publico for UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention receives Supreme Court backing

Work of Oxford Pro Bono Publico for UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention receives Supreme Court backing

After a record long gestation period the Supreme Court today handed down its judgment in Belhaj v Jack Straw & ...
Lifting the Veil on Enforced Disappearances and Extrajudicial Killings in Kenya

Lifting the Veil on Enforced Disappearances and Extrajudicial Killings in Kenya

Kenya has experienced an upsurge in cases of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings over the last five ...
Swazi Court Reiterates Prominence of Human Rights in their Home-Grown Constitution

Swazi Court Reiterates Prominence of Human Rights in their Home-Grown Constitution

In September 2016, the High Court in Swaziland ruled that certain provisions in the Sedition and Subversive ...
Speech and Spies: Why Sri Lanka’s New Counterterrorism Law is a Terrible Idea

Speech and Spies: Why Sri Lanka’s New Counterterrorism Law is a Terrible Idea

A year ago, Sri Lanka promised the world that it would repeal its current Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). In a ...
Administrative Decisions and Terrorist Suspects: The UK Supreme Court’s Decision in Youssef v SSFC

Administrative Decisions and Terrorist Suspects: The UK Supreme Court’s Decision in Youssef v SSFC

The month of January witnessed an important UK Supreme Court decision in Youssef v Secretary of State for Foreign ...
Endangering Democracy: Concerns Over Raising Surveillance in China

Endangering Democracy: Concerns Over Raising Surveillance in China

Control over cyber space and information, particularly citizens' data, has defined modern strategies of combating ...
Journalism, Detention and Anti-Terrorism Powers

Journalism, Detention and Anti-Terrorism Powers

Few would dispute that journalistic sources and material deserve special legal protection in a liberal democracy. ...
Law Commission of India Recommends Abolition of the Death Penalty: A Historic First Step

Law Commission of India Recommends Abolition of the Death Penalty: A Historic First Step

In what can be termed as a watershed moment in the fight against death penalty in India, the Law Commission in its ...
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 ...
India, the Land of Ironies: A Constitutional Democracy’s Dance with the Death Penalty

India, the Land of Ironies: A Constitutional Democracy’s Dance with the Death Penalty

India is a country of ironies. Barely a fortnight ago, we had a consultation on the death penalty organised by the ...
"You Have the Right to an Attorney that We Approve of”: Right to Counsel under Iran's New Criminal Procedure Code

"You Have the Right to an Attorney that We Approve of”: Right to Counsel under Iran's New Criminal Procedure Code

Under Iran’s new Criminal Procedure Code only lawyers pre-approved by the Head of the Judiciary may intervene ...
The ‘Anderson Report’ on Surveillance Powers Fudges the Issues, but its Findings Should be Implemented

The ‘Anderson Report’ on Surveillance Powers Fudges the Issues, but its Findings Should be Implemented

Pressure on the government to reform the use of surveillance powers within the UK has recently ratcheted up ...

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