Criminal Justice and Fair Trial

Preserving Evidence of ISIL Atrocities: The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism

Preserving Evidence of ISIL Atrocities: The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism

On 21 December 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 71/248, establishing an ‘International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Those Responsible for the...
Kenya Enacts Contempt of Court Act to Uphold the Right to a Fair Trial

Kenya Enacts Contempt of Court Act to Uphold the Right to a Fair Trial

For a long time, the law on contempt of court in Kenya was outdated and quite unsatisfactory. However, Kenya recently enacted the Contempt of Court Act, Act No 46 of...
Human Rights and Counterterrorism

Human Rights and Counterterrorism

Last week Theresa May argued that human rights laws that impede effective counter-terrorism should be changed. Keir Starmer disagrees, arguing that human rights and effective counterterrorism are complementary. Who is...
Death Sentences in the Delhi Gang Rape Case: Brutality as Trumps

Death Sentences in the Delhi Gang Rape Case: Brutality as Trumps

On 16th December 2012, a particularly disturbing case of gangrape and murder in New Delhi (‘the Delhi gangrape case’) set off massive nationwide protests. Widespread discussions on sexual violence in...
Serbia’s New Domestic Violence Law and the Istanbul Convention: Potential and Challenges

Serbia’s New Domestic Violence Law and the Istanbul Convention: Potential and Challenges

At the time where the old Russian proverb “If he beats you, it means he loves you’’ seems to have taken roots among the legislators in the Russian Parliament, Serbia...
Taking Some Human Rights Back: The Case of Ildar Dadin

Taking Some Human Rights Back: The Case of Ildar Dadin

Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees a right of peaceful assembly, has recently clashed with the Russian Criminal Code which, as of 2014, has criminalised repeated participation in...
Domestic Violence and the Regressive Russian Amendment

Domestic Violence and the Regressive Russian Amendment

On the 8th of February 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law an amendment that relegated domestic violence, as previously discussed on this blog, to an administrative offence. This...
Midazolam and the Lethal Injection – ‘In re: Ohio Execution Protocol Litigation’

Midazolam and the Lethal Injection – ‘In re: Ohio Execution Protocol Litigation’

On January 26 2017, a federal court in Ohio ruled that its current execution method is unconstitutional. This was on the basis that the use of the first drug in...
A Gap opens for South Africa to do Right on the ICC

A Gap opens for South Africa to do Right on the ICC

The South African government deposited on 7 March 2017 with the UN Secretary General a document that is as embarrassing as it is telling. The document is headed: “South Africa:...
What’s in a Name? Identity of Children in Criminal Proceedings Heads to Court

What’s in a Name? Identity of Children in Criminal Proceedings Heads to Court

The North Gauteng High Court has recently considered the protection of identity for child victims, witnesses and offenders, in a case brought by Zephany Nurse and several NGOs. They are...
Courts Recognizing Transgender Rights

Courts Recognizing Transgender Rights

On 6th of February 2017, a law which discriminated against transgender people was amended for the first time in India. This marks a significant victory for the transgender rights movement...
Is Russia “Decriminalising Domestic Violence?”

Is Russia “Decriminalising Domestic Violence?”

The Russian bill providing for what has been called the ‘decriminalisation of domestic violence‘ passed a second reading in the Russian State Duma and was approved by the Federation Council...

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