Criminal Justice and Fair Trial

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...
The Struggle to Establish Human Rights Courts in India: An Unfulfilled Promise

The Struggle to Establish Human Rights Courts in India: An Unfulfilled Promise

A petition was filed by Bhavika Phore on July 8, 2019, in the Supreme Court of India seeking to solidify human rights protections in India and gain statutory redressal under...
The Colonial and Casteist Undertones of Policing in Madhya Pradesh, India

The Colonial and Casteist Undertones of Policing in Madhya Pradesh, India

The Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project studied two sets of data to examine the criminal justice system through excise policing under the Madhya Pradesh Excise Act, 1915 (‘the Act’)....
Reformists Overtook US Political Discourse On Ending Police Violence And Changed Nothing

Reformists Overtook US Political Discourse On Ending Police Violence And Changed Nothing

Over a year ago, in the midst of the uprisings that followed the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, myself and other activists, organisers and prison industrial complex abolitionists...
Why Punitive Policies and Laws Will Not Solve Violent Crime in Jamaica

Why Punitive Policies and Laws Will Not Solve Violent Crime in Jamaica

“Police kill 7 in Braeton”. “Massacre in Tivoli”. “Police death squads uncovered” These headlines tell the story of state violence, sanctioned as a legitimate tool to fight the rise in...
Addressing Police Brutality in Nigeria – A Crisis of Non-Implementation

Addressing Police Brutality in Nigeria – A Crisis of Non-Implementation

For weeks in October 2020, young Nigerians held nationwide protests denouncing years of extra-judicial killings, torture and other ill-treatment by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the...
First Nations Deaths in Custody and the Politics of Denial

First Nations Deaths in Custody and the Politics of Denial

The announcement of an Australian Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1987 promised to be a turning point in First Nations justice. It was a response to widespread...
The Green Tide Floods the Mexican Supreme Court

The Green Tide Floods the Mexican Supreme Court

The Mexican Supreme Court made history this month. In a landmark ruling, it established that absolute abortion criminalisation is unconstitutional. The ruling came about in the context of an unconstitutionality...
Legal Developments to Combat Violence Against Women in Brazil

Legal Developments to Combat Violence Against Women in Brazil

In March 2021, Law nº.14.132 was enacted, which creates the crime of stalking. The law amended the Brazilian Penal Code to include the crime, defined as repeated persecution, by any...

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