Human Dignity

The Fundamental Knot: Why a Hands-Off Approach by the Indian Judiciary Poses a Challenge to Marriage Equality in India

The Fundamental Knot: Why a Hands-Off Approach by the Indian Judiciary Poses a Challenge to Marriage Equality in India

The Supreme Court of India on 17 October 2023 delivered its long-awaited judgement on the legality of same-sex marriages in the country. The 3:2 majority verdict refused to recognise the...
Thubakgale: Bringing Home the Right to Adequate Housing Against a Recalcitrant Municipality

Thubakgale: Bringing Home the Right to Adequate Housing Against a Recalcitrant Municipality

An August 2023 housing rights decision of the Pretoria High Court in South Africa is the latest in a protracted dispute for the Thubakgale applicants against a municipality, in their...
(Re)Learning from the Ground-Breaking Judgement of the Supreme Court of Mauritius Decriminalising Sodomy: A Kenyan Perspective

(Re)Learning from the Ground-Breaking Judgement of the Supreme Court of Mauritius Decriminalising Sodomy: A Kenyan Perspective

On 4 October 2023, the Supreme Court of Mauritius delivered a ground-breaking judgment in the case of Abdool Ah Seek v State of Mauritius, which effectively ruled that a law...
Silencing the Indigenous Voice: How Australians Have Failed Their Own People Part II

Silencing the Indigenous Voice: How Australians Have Failed Their Own People Part II

The first part of this blog series addressed the background to the referendum and the Constitution of Australia, including how it derives from racially discriminatory beliefs which would later be...
Silencing the Indigenous Voice: How Australians Have Failed Their Own People Part I

Silencing the Indigenous Voice: How Australians Have Failed Their Own People Part I

Last week’s failed referendum affirms the deep-seated racial prejudice embedded in Australia’s public institutions, and demonstrates how this marginalisation continues to be perpetrated by the Australian populace more broadly. Following...
Derechos Trans y el Parlamento Escocés: Poniendo a Prueba los Límites Constitucionales del Autogobierno de Escocia

Derechos Trans y el Parlamento Escocés: Poniendo a Prueba los Límites Constitucionales del Autogobierno de Escocia

El gobierno británico ha bloqueado la Ley de Reconocimiento de Género de Escocia, argumentando que afecta a materias reservadas al Parlamento británico, lo que ha desencadenado una gran controversia. El...
Trans Rights and the Scottish Parliament: Testing the Constitutional Limits of Scottish Self-government

Trans Rights and the Scottish Parliament: Testing the Constitutional Limits of Scottish Self-government

The British government’s recent veto of the Scottish Gender Recognition Bill, alleging its impact on matters reserved for the UK Parliament, has caused significant controversy. The Bill, which was passed...
Queensland’s Suspension of Human Rights Act for Youth Detention

Queensland’s Suspension of Human Rights Act for Youth Detention

The state government of Queensland in Australia has suspended its Human Rights Act, paving the way for the indefinite confinement of children, some as young as 10 years, in police...
Religious Freedom versus Free Speech: Sweden’s Legal Tightrope

Religious Freedom versus Free Speech: Sweden’s Legal Tightrope

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution aimed at combating religious hatred and blasphemy in Sweden following two distressing incidents in which the Qur’an, the holy text...
Germany’s New Law for Self-Determination: Progressive for Some, Regressive for ‘Others’

Germany’s New Law for Self-Determination: Progressive for Some, Regressive for ‘Others’

Germany is currently in the process of amending its gender self-identification law to make it more progressive. The Federal Ministry of Justice and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior...
Europe’s Gender Recognition Tug-of-War Continues in Germany – Part 2: Implications of the Draft Law on Self-Determination

Europe’s Gender Recognition Tug-of-War Continues in Germany – Part 2: Implications of the Draft Law on Self-Determination

Germany may soon close a troubled chapter on its legal provision for gender recognition, ending the decades-long reign of the 1980 Law on Transsexuals (Transsexuellengesetz or TSG), in favour of...
Europe’s Gender Recognition Tug-of-War Continues in Germany – Part 1: The Law as it Stands

Europe’s Gender Recognition Tug-of-War Continues in Germany – Part 1: The Law as it Stands

Germany may soon close a troubled chapter on its legal provision for gender recognition, ending the decades-long reign of the 1980 Law on Transsexuals (Transsexuellengesetz or TSG), in favour of...

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