Criminal Justice and Fair Trial

Velásquez Paiz et al v Guatemala: Gender Stereotypes and Lack of Justice – Part I

Velásquez Paiz et al v Guatemala: Gender Stereotypes and Lack of Justice – Part I

In November 2015, a decade after the sexual assault and murder of a young Guatemalan woman, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (‘the Court’) released a ground-breaking judgment further clarifying...
The Intersection of Age, Gender and Disability in the Prosecution of Sexual Violence in India

The Intersection of Age, Gender and Disability in the Prosecution of Sexual Violence in India

This post examines a petition made to the Indian Supreme Court by a rape victim’s mother. The petitioner avers that her daughter’s case should be tried in a court set...
Killing Time: A Comment on the Case of Brandon Astor

Killing Time: A Comment on the Case of Brandon Astor

On 3 February 2016, the State of Georgia executed a 72 year old man – Brandon Astor – by lethal injection. Astor was convicted of killing a convenience store manager...
Linguistic Cracks In The Femicide Campaigns: Why Femicide Must Be Repatriated

Linguistic Cracks In The Femicide Campaigns: Why Femicide Must Be Repatriated

The recently published 2015 Global Burden of Armed Violence (GBAV) report by the Small Arms Survey has continued in the same vein as the two previous publications in 2008 and...
The UK and Saudi Arabia: Human Rights and the Perils of Petrodollar Morality – Part I

The UK and Saudi Arabia: Human Rights and the Perils of Petrodollar Morality – Part I

The Human Rights and Democracy Report (2015) recently released by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office carries a curiously worded statement by Prime Minister David Cameron: “We condemn and do...
Local Politics of International Justice in Kenya: How the ICC let the case slip away (Part I)

Local Politics of International Justice in Kenya: How the ICC let the case slip away (Part I)

In the wake of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to drop charges against the Deputy President of Kenya, William Ruto, and a radio host, Joshua arap Sang, we must...
The Mandatory Costs of Mandatory Minimum Sentences in Canada

The Mandatory Costs of Mandatory Minimum Sentences in Canada

Another day another mandatory minimum struck down. In Lloyd, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a one-year mandatory minimum sentence that applied to drug trafficking offenders with a prior...
Telling the Whole Truth: Post-Assault Contact in Sexual Violence Cases

Telling the Whole Truth: Post-Assault Contact in Sexual Violence Cases

For the last 16 months, Canadians have been engaged in extraordinary conversations connected to the sexual assault allegations leveled against one of Canada’s most charming and charismatic talk show hosts,...
Justice Antonin Scalia’s Rebuke of Innocence

Justice Antonin Scalia’s Rebuke of Innocence

Throughout his thirty-year service on the United States Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia questioned whether criminal defendants who maintained their innocence should be entitled to a second chance. Indeed, in...
SAJAP: Facilitating Justice in Namibia

SAJAP: Facilitating Justice in Namibia

Last year, we featured reflections from Claire Palmer and Rachel Clement on their experiences working as OPBP Interns at the Supreme Court of Namibia as part of the South African...
Sentencing and the Possibility of Reform in India

Sentencing and the Possibility of Reform in India

Last month the Supreme Court of India took a regressive step by affirming a 2008 decision (Swamy Shradhanand) in the case of V. Sriharan v. Union of India. In the...
Minorities suffer as the Supreme Court supports ‘suspicionless’ stop searches

Minorities suffer as the Supreme Court supports ‘suspicionless’ stop searches

In Roberts v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and Another, the UK Supreme Court unanimously ruled that section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which...

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