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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 a ‘whole life order’ for murder not does violate Article 3 ECHR....
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 to take a lead in developments in international law concerning...
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 punishment by Organs of State, Berker CJ remarked in a separate judgement, that...
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 against children constitute a breach of the American Convention on Human Rights...
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 abstract notions of subsidiarity and the Court criticised for meddling in...
John Eekelaar on the response to Abu Qatada's deportation

John Eekelaar on the response to Abu Qatada's deportation

It is depressing that some politicians are using the Abu Qatada case to denigrate our system for protecting human rights when we should be thankful that it has shown the...
Vinter v UK and Whether Life Should Mean Life

Vinter v UK and Whether Life Should Mean Life

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has ruled, in the case of Vinter and Others v United Kingdom, that whole life orders of imprisonment violate Article...
The Crimes of Gambia's Criminal Justice System

The Crimes of Gambia's Criminal Justice System

Last Autumn, the world witnessed a fleeting frenzy when The Gambia’s eccentric President Jammeh resumed executions for prisoners condemned to death. These executions—the country’s first in 27 years—were soon halted...
Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruled on refugee law gateway issue

Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruled on refugee law gateway issue

On 25 March 2013, the Court of Final Appeal (CFA) in Hong Kong unanimously allowed an appeal by three asylum seekers, C, KMF and BF. The appeal is based on...
A Special Relationship? Preserving the Human Rights of Terrorist Suspects in Extradition Cases

A Special Relationship? Preserving the Human Rights of Terrorist Suspects in Extradition Cases

The recent case of Babar Ahmad and Others v United Kingdom represents the final stage in the European appeal process for Abu Hamza and others against their extradition to the...

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