Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

Landmark judgment on PSPO Regime has Significant Repercussions for Freedom of Expression

Landmark judgment on PSPO Regime has Significant Repercussions for Freedom of Expression

On 2 July 2018, the High Court handed down judgment in Dulgheriu v London Boroughof Ealing [2018] EWHC 1667 (Admin). The case provides crucial insight into the ever lowering threshold...
A Masterpiece of Judicial Avoidance?   

A Masterpiece of Judicial Avoidance?  

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 584 U.S. (2018), the U.S. Supreme Court’s blockbuster case, has been decided. The questions in dispute: 1. Can a person, exercising religious...
Indian High Court’s Recognition of a Person’s Right to Live as Transgender – A Bitter-Sweet Pill

Indian High Court’s Recognition of a Person’s Right to Live as Transgender – A Bitter-Sweet Pill

In a recent judgement by the Kerala High Court, the court refused to issue a writ of habeas corpus and dismissed a mother’s plea to compel her daughter, referred to...
Internet Shutdowns: The Irony of a Digital Nation?

Internet Shutdowns: The Irony of a Digital Nation?

Between January to May (2018) alone, the Indian government imposed 55 internet shutdowns. An internet shutdown disrupts all electronic communications and services within a geographical location. Often, neither the reason...
(No) Freedom of Speech at Universities?

(No) Freedom of Speech at Universities?

Universities are meant to be places where freedom of speech flourishes. The issue of free speech in universities in the UK has been recently examined by the Joint Committee on...
Cakes and the Conscience Wars

Cakes and the Conscience Wars

Last week, the U.K. Supreme Court heard argument in Lee v. Ashers Baking Company. The case involves a baker whose Christian beliefs led him to refuse to bake a cake...
The Assault on Media Freedom in Myanmar: A Worrying Trend

The Assault on Media Freedom in Myanmar: A Worrying Trend

When Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won a landslide victory in the November 2015 elections in Myanmar, bringing an end to nearly fifty years of authoritarian...
The Human Rights Implications of Xi Jingping’s Limitless Presidential Term

The Human Rights Implications of Xi Jingping’s Limitless Presidential Term

China’s National People’s Congress recently passed a constitutional change to remove the two-term presidential term limit with a 99.8% passing rate. Whilst the official reason for the removal is to...
CCTV Cameras in Classrooms: The Conflict between Security and Privacy

CCTV Cameras in Classrooms: The Conflict between Security and Privacy

The Chief Minister of Delhi recently announced his decision to install CCTV cameras in all public schools, and to provide real time access to the footage to the parents of...
Indian Supreme Court’s stay on the banning of ‘Padmavat’: Hopes and Concerns

Indian Supreme Court’s stay on the banning of ‘Padmavat’: Hopes and Concerns

By an interim order, a three judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court has stayed the ban imposed on the exhibition of a film named ‘Padmavat’ by three Indian states....
The Banning of Ridesharing Apps Violates the Human Rights to Science and Free Speech

The Banning of Ridesharing Apps Violates the Human Rights to Science and Free Speech

Earlier on this year, a local court of Buenos Aires issued an injunction blocking the Uber app, electronic payment methods and forbidding Google and Apple to host the app on...
Cambodia: Using Law to Destroy Democracy

Cambodia: Using Law to Destroy Democracy

Covered by a veneer of legality, Cambodia’s government has spent the last two years systematically dismantling the Southeast Asian country’s fledgling democracy. Following the main opposition party’s improved performance in...

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