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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 ...
Administrative Decisions and Terrorist Suspects: The UK Supreme Court’s Decision in Youssef v SSFC

Administrative Decisions and Terrorist Suspects: The UK Supreme Court’s Decision in Youssef v SSFC

The month of January witnessed an important UK Supreme Court decision in Youssef v Secretary of State for Foreign ...
A Backwards Step for Human Rights Law in Victoria: Bare v Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission

A Backwards Step for Human Rights Law in Victoria: Bare v Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission

In July 2015, the Victoria Court of Appeal, Australia, handed down a landmark decision in Bare v Independent ...
The Mau Mau Litigation – Justice at Last

The Mau Mau Litigation – Justice at Last

It is rare for the British Government to apologise for state sponsored human rights abuses, particularly if they ...
The Execution of Justice in Venezuela

The Execution of Justice in Venezuela

In 2009, Judge María Lourdes Afiuni released a political prisoner on bail. Hours after the judgment was delivered, ...
The Mandatory Death Penalty and Narratives of the Common Law

The Mandatory Death Penalty and Narratives of the Common Law

Some people say the common law is all about narrative. A story gets told, then retold and retold and with each ...
Glossip v. Gross: SCOTUS Affirmation of Underdeveloped Science for the Lifeline of the Death Penalty

Glossip v. Gross: SCOTUS Affirmation of Underdeveloped Science for the Lifeline of the Death Penalty

On 29 June 2015, in Glossip v. Gross 576 U. S. ____ (2015), Justice Alito gave the majority opinion (joined by ...
Mexico’s Torture Problem

Mexico’s Torture Problem

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture’s finding that ‘torture in Mexico is generalized’ drew an ...
Hutchinson v UK – A Change in Direction on Whole Life Orders?

Hutchinson v UK – A Change in Direction on Whole Life Orders?

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled in Hutchinson v UK that the imposition of a ‘whole life ...
Northern Ireland’s Human Rights Commission Granted Leave for Judicial Review to Challenge the Country’s Near-Blanket Ban on Abortion

Northern Ireland’s Human Rights Commission Granted Leave for Judicial Review to Challenge the Country’s Near-Blanket Ban on Abortion

Unlike the rest of the UK, Northern Ireland is not covered by the Abortion Act 1967. If you are a woman living ...
Whole Life Sentences in Hutchinson v UK – Compromise or Concession?

Whole Life Sentences in Hutchinson v UK – Compromise or Concession?

In Hutchinson v UK, the ECtHR again addressed the vexed question of the compatibility of whole life sentences with ...
Prisoner Rights at the Forefront of Canadian Debates

Prisoner Rights at the Forefront of Canadian Debates

Over the past month, two major developments have placed the constitutionally protected rights of prisoners front ...

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