Right to Freedom of Assembly

UK Court Safeguards Fundamental Right to Protest: Liberty v Secretary of State for the Home Department

UK Court Safeguards Fundamental Right to Protest: Liberty v Secretary of State for the Home Department

The UK Divisional Court has found that the Home Secretary acted unlawfully when introducing Regulations which lowered the threshold for the use of police powers to impose conditions on public...
University Campuses and the Right to Protest Under the ECHR

University Campuses and the Right to Protest Under the ECHR

The recent spread of student protest relating to Israel’s war in Gaza calls for a refresher on the scope of the right to protest on university campuses. This post considers...
Mapping the global crackdown on LGBTIQ rights

Mapping the global crackdown on LGBTIQ rights

On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), thereby taking an important first step towards addressing and removing the stigma...
Extremist Measures: The UK Government Further Obstructs the Right to Protest

Extremist Measures: The UK Government Further Obstructs the Right to Protest

On March 1, UK Prime Minister Sunak delivered a divisive impromptu speech, much of which was spent demonising groups calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. He claimed that protests have...
The License to Jeopardise: The LGBTQ Rights ‘Movement’ in Russia

The License to Jeopardise: The LGBTQ Rights ‘Movement’ in Russia

The Supreme Court of Russia, on 30 November 2023, ruled against the ‘international LGBTQ movement’, declaring it an ‘extremist organisation’ and allowing the Russian government to take steps to curb...
In Defence of Democracy: The Pakistani Supreme Court’s Decision Against Military Trials of Civilians

In Defence of Democracy: The Pakistani Supreme Court’s Decision Against Military Trials of Civilians

The arrest of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in May led to a wave of protests by his supporters. The protests took a violent turn and resulted in attacks...
Democratic Descent in Niger: From Hope to Uncertainty

Democratic Descent in Niger: From Hope to Uncertainty

In the first peaceful democratic transition of power since the independence of Niger, Mohammed Bazoum was elected President by constitutional elections in 2021. Just two years later he was overthrown...
The 2024 Paris Olympics: AI Mass Surveillance Under the Upcoming EU AI Act

The 2024 Paris Olympics: AI Mass Surveillance Under the Upcoming EU AI Act

Drafting legislation that spans 27 countries has always been a formidable challenge for the European Union’s legislators. The proposed 2003 Artificial Intelligence Act [AI Act] has ushered in a new...
Gender-based Violence, LGBTQIA+ Rights, and Christian Values in Zambia

Gender-based Violence, LGBTQIA+ Rights, and Christian Values in Zambia

Since 2019 the Sistah Sistah Foundation (SSF) has marched in protest of sexual and gender-based violence in Zambia. Zambia’s national Gender Based Violence (GBV) statistics allege that a total of...
Challenging the Right to Strike: the UK Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill

Challenging the Right to Strike: the UK Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill

Image description: A group of striking people march through a city street holding union banners The Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill, currently passing through the UK Parliament, seeks to...
Criminal Liabilities of First Aiders in Situations of Violence: A Hong Kong Perspective

Criminal Liabilities of First Aiders in Situations of Violence: A Hong Kong Perspective

Image Description: Police firing tear gas to protesters near Central Government Headquarters in Hong Kong. Whether and to what extent should first aiders bear criminal liabilities for taking part in...
Minority associations win repeated victories in Strasbourg but will Greece ever comply with the relevant judgments? – Part II

Minority associations win repeated victories in Strasbourg but will Greece ever comply with the relevant judgments? – Part II

Image Description: A picture of the Strasbourg Court These judgments (referred to in Part I of the post) also make clear that the exceptions in Article 11(2) ECHR are fully...

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