Criminal Justice and Fair Trial

A Critique of the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022

A Critique of the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022

Image description: A picture of the Constitution of India. Underneath the words ‘Constitution of India’ is the picture of the State Emblem of India. In the State Emblem of India,...
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...
Muhammad Shahzad Khaliq v. The State: Survivor-Centric Guidelines in Responding to Child Pornography

Muhammad Shahzad Khaliq v. The State: Survivor-Centric Guidelines in Responding to Child Pornography

Image Description – A picture of Judge’s Gavel. In August 2015, a gang running a pedophile and pornography ring assaulted more than 280 children. Although several arrests were made, only...
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...
Trafficked Persons on Trial in the United Kingdom: New Court of Appeal Guidance

Trafficked Persons on Trial in the United Kingdom: New Court of Appeal Guidance

Image description: a building with the inscription “Criminal Courts Building”. Section 45 of the 2015 Modern Slavery Act (MSA) established a statutory basis for the principle of non-punishment of trafficked...
Balancing Rights: The Future of Remote Courts in Public Family Law

Balancing Rights: The Future of Remote Courts in Public Family Law

Image Description: Socially distanced judges in courtroom At the start of 2022, as we approach nearly two years of family courts operating under the twin pressures of decades of under-funding...
Anti-Libidinal Punishment for Child Rape Offenders in Nigeria violates Human Rights

Anti-Libidinal Punishment for Child Rape Offenders in Nigeria violates Human Rights

Image description: Surgical instruments. In September 2020, the Governor of Kaduna State of Nigeria signed the Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020, which introduces anti-libidinal punishments for child rape...
The Use of Restraints against Prisoners Receiving Medical Treatment: The PPO Report into the Death of Peter Sutcliffe

The Use of Restraints against Prisoners Receiving Medical Treatment: The PPO Report into the Death of Peter Sutcliffe

Image description: several handcuffs hanging from a rod in prison. The report by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (‘PPO’) into the death of Peter Coonan, formerly known as Peter Sutcliffe,...
Corroboration as Sex Discrimination: The Equality Implications of Sexual Offence Cases in Malawi

Corroboration as Sex Discrimination: The Equality Implications of Sexual Offence Cases in Malawi

Image description: Graffiti on the wall of three women with red blindfolds over their eyes. In Kaliyati v R (Criminal Appeal 109 of 2018) [2020], judge Fiona Mwale asserts that...
The Inter-American Human Rights System on Public Security and Police Violence in Brazil: In Defence of a Rights-Based Approach to Security Policies

The Inter-American Human Rights System on Public Security and Police Violence in Brazil: In Defence of a Rights-Based Approach to Security Policies

Three years after the “Favela Nova Brasília” case, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (‘IACtHR’) is hearing a second police violence case against Brazil, the “Castelinho”. The human rights violations...
Justice behind closed doors?  Extrajudicial killings, Closed Material Proceedings, and Investigatory Obligations under the ECHR

Justice behind closed doors? Extrajudicial killings, Closed Material Proceedings, and Investigatory Obligations under the ECHR

The on-going case R (Saifullah) v Secretary of State for Defence is a judicial review case concerning the Ministry of Defence’s alleged failure to conduct prompt and effective investigations into...
Indian Supreme Court on Gender Sensitisation of Judges: Aparna Bhat & Ors v State of Madhya Pradesh & Anr

Indian Supreme Court on Gender Sensitisation of Judges: Aparna Bhat & Ors v State of Madhya Pradesh & Anr

To achieve gender justice, it is critical that the judiciary avoid stereotypes and social biases to strengthen a judicial system that guarantees women access to fair and gender-sensitive judgments. In...

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