Right against Torture

Capital Punishment in China: Room for Cautious Optimism?

Capital Punishment in China: Room for Cautious Optimism?

Recent weeks have seen the resumption of executions in Jordan, after an 8-year de facto moratorium, and in ...
The Duty of National Authorities to Investigate Allegations of Torture

The Duty of National Authorities to Investigate Allegations of Torture

Proponents of universal jurisdiction for international crimes will be gratified by the judgment of the ...
The Unified Screening Mechanism: Hong Kong to Assess Refugee Claims Alongside Torture Claims

The Unified Screening Mechanism: Hong Kong to Assess Refugee Claims Alongside Torture Claims

The UNHCR previously had the role of assessing and determining refugee claims (“persecution claims”) in Hong Kong ...
Canadian Constitutional Challenge to Prohibition on Assisted-Dying

Canadian Constitutional Challenge to Prohibition on Assisted-Dying

Canada’s top court is once again set to decide on the constitutionality of physician-assisted dying for terminally ...
Providing Syrian Survivors of Torture Access to Rehabilitation Services

Providing Syrian Survivors of Torture Access to Rehabilitation Services

Mental health and other rehabilitation services can be key to restoring basic functioning and facilitate ...
Federal Judge Strikes Down California Death Penalty as Unconstitutional

Federal Judge Strikes Down California Death Penalty as Unconstitutional

In a stunning – and possibly prescient – decision, United States District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney of the ...
Throwing Away The Key – Whole Life Sentences in the Court of Appeal

Throwing Away The Key – Whole Life Sentences in the Court of Appeal

Flouting the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Vinter v UK, the UK Court of Appeal has ...
Court of Appeal Affirms Ability to Pass Whole Life Tariffs for Murder

Court of Appeal Affirms Ability to Pass Whole Life Tariffs for Murder

A specially constituted five-member Court of Appeal has ruled unanimously in R v McLoughlin that the imposition of ...
Jones and Others v UK: Immunity or Impunity?

Jones and Others v UK: Immunity or Impunity?

The recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Jones and Others v UK represents a missed opportunity ...
Corporal Punishment in Namibia Revisited

Corporal Punishment in Namibia Revisited

In the landmark 1991 judgement of the Namibian Supreme Court in Ex Parte: Attorney-General, In Re Corporal ...
Mendoza v Argentina: Against the life imprisonment of children

Mendoza v Argentina: Against the life imprisonment of children

In Mendoza et al. v. Argentina, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (ICHR) has determined that life sentences ...
Vinter v UK – Why The Majority Are Right To Find That Whole Life Orders Violate Article 3 ECHR

Vinter v UK – Why The Majority Are Right To Find That Whole Life Orders Violate Article 3 ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights' recent decision in Vinter v UK will inevitably come under fire for infringing ...

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