Criminal Justice and Fair Trial

Reconceptualising ‘Reputation’ post #MeToo

Reconceptualising ‘Reputation’ post #MeToo

In October 2018, India’s #MeToo wave witnessed an explosion of online testimonies against sexual predators, by women from all walks of professional life. Salient among them was an accusation of...
Administrative Automated Decision-Making: What About the Right to an Effective Remedy?

Administrative Automated Decision-Making: What About the Right to an Effective Remedy?

Automated decision-making (‘ADM’) systems are algorithm decision-making tools, which issue either a partial or a full decision. While their use by national public administration is no new phenomenon, the European...
Creation of a Genetic Bank in India: Unconstitutional and Threat to Human Rights

Creation of a Genetic Bank in India: Unconstitutional and Threat to Human Rights

The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill seeks to facilitate the application of DNA-based forensic technologies in the administration of law and justice in India, by enabling the use...
Student protests in South Africa: police brutality claims the life of a bystander

Student protests in South Africa: police brutality claims the life of a bystander

After the ruthless policing of student protests in Johannesburg claimed the life of an innocent bystander, South Africa’s troubled entanglement with police brutality is once again called into question. In...
How the Prison System is Failing Women and Why it is a Human Rights Issue

How the Prison System is Failing Women and Why it is a Human Rights Issue

While women make up the minority in global prison populations, they are the fastest growing prison population. With this, comes a need to evaluate human rights violations within justice systems...
Hong Kong’s highest court sets new test for bail under the National Security Law

Hong Kong’s highest court sets new test for bail under the National Security Law

In the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal’s judgment dated 9 February 2021, HKSAR v Lai Chee Ying [2021] HKCFA 3, an appeal against an order of bail that had...
Supreme Court of Pakistan prohibits execution of condemned prisoners with mental illnesses: A promising start towards reforming Pakistan’s death penalty problem?

Supreme Court of Pakistan prohibits execution of condemned prisoners with mental illnesses: A promising start towards reforming Pakistan’s death penalty problem?

On 10 February, 2021, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) delivered its landmark judgement in Safia Bano v. Home Department (along with 2 consolidated cases). This...
India’s Feeble Frontline Defence against Incarceration

India’s Feeble Frontline Defence against Incarceration

An important constitutional safeguard against arbitrary incarceration is the fundamental right of an arrested person to be produced before a judicial magistrate within twenty four hours of the arrest. In...
Sadaf Aziz v. Federation of Pakistan: The end of virginity testing in Pakistan?

Sadaf Aziz v. Federation of Pakistan: The end of virginity testing in Pakistan?

Across Pakistan, the two finger test (TFT), also known as the virginity and hymen test is conducted on female survivors and victims of rape and sexual abuse. It is a...
Classism, Hate Crime and the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper 250: Lessons from Discrimination Law

Classism, Hate Crime and the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper 250: Lessons from Discrimination Law

In the context of hate crime, class has two main analytical roles. First, it can be a ground of hate crime in itself, though the current law fails to recognise...
African Human Rights Court holds vagrancy laws incompatible with African human rights instruments

African Human Rights Court holds vagrancy laws incompatible with African human rights instruments

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 4 December 2020, delivered a historic Advisory Opinion against vagrancy laws (laws which criminalize the status of individuals as being poor,...
RBG: Advancing Justice in the Criminal Legal System

RBG: Advancing Justice in the Criminal Legal System

Over the course of her 27-year tenure as a United States Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg consistently voted to protect the rights of the marginalized and dispossessed, reflecting an...

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