Role of the Judiciary

Prisoner Voting Rights in New Zealand: Standing Up for Democracy by Way of Constitutional Shake-Up

Prisoner Voting Rights in New Zealand: Standing Up for Democracy by Way of Constitutional Shake-Up

On 24 July 2015 in Taylor v Attorney General, a New Zealand High Court Judge effectively declared that New ...
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 ...
Small Steps in the Journey Towards Gender Equality on the South African Bench

Small Steps in the Journey Towards Gender Equality on the South African Bench

The 9th July 2015 was an important day for the South African judiciary. For the first time in our history, an ...
A Supreme Court at the Centre of a Deeply Divided Society

A Supreme Court at the Centre of a Deeply Divided Society

From January 01 to April 01 2015 I worked as a Foreign Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel. This internship ...
Will Obergefell Stifle Growing Support for LGBTQ Rights?

Will Obergefell Stifle Growing Support for LGBTQ Rights?

In his recent post The Beginning Rather Than The End, Karl Laird discusses the potential policy backlash that may ...
Empathy, Craft and other Lessons to Learn from the US Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Empathy, Craft and other Lessons to Learn from the US Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Three narratives provide the human face to the text of Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark US Supreme Court decision
Fighting for the Right to Education in South Africa

Fighting for the Right to Education in South Africa

‘Ninety percent of children are now enrolled in primary education in the developing world’. A statistic of success,
The Beginning Rather Than the End: Obergefell v Hodges and the Continuing Struggle for LGBT Equality

The Beginning Rather Than the End: Obergefell v Hodges and the Continuing Struggle for LGBT Equality

There is no doubt that the Supreme Court’s judgment in Obergefell v Hodges is an historic one. That is not to say, ...
US Supreme Court Requires Recognition of Marriage Equality

US Supreme Court Requires Recognition of Marriage Equality

The US Supreme Court has ruled, in Obergefell, by a 5-4 majority, that the Fourteenth Amendment to the US ...
Judicial Appointment of Women on the Decline in Canada and Australia

Judicial Appointment of Women on the Decline in Canada and Australia

While many countries have superficially committed to the goal of gender equality with a lot of noisy chatter about ...
The Challenges for Judicial Appointments in India

The Challenges for Judicial Appointments in India

In India, several significant developments have taken place in the last two months on how judges to the Supreme ...
Implementing the Right to Education Through the Courts: The Legal Resources Centre and Oxford University Host Workshop on Remedies and Enforcement

Implementing the Right to Education Through the Courts: The Legal Resources Centre and Oxford University Host Workshop on Remedies and Enforcement

The courts are a very effective tool in enforcing socio-economic rights and filling gaps so often left by ...

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