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Waiting for Godot No More: The Climate Crisis and the New European Asylum Pact

Waiting for Godot No More: The Climate Crisis and the New European Asylum Pact

To many born in the 1990s, climate change was akin to Godot: the figure conjured by Beckett whose influence was omnipresent, but whose appearance, anticipated as it was, never came...
Direct Democracy in Action: Swiss Voters Decide to Augment the Statutory Old Age Pension

Direct Democracy in Action: Swiss Voters Decide to Augment the Statutory Old Age Pension

On 3 March 2024, Swiss voters decided in favour of a 13th Old-Age and Survivors’ Insurance (OASI) payment per year, but against gradually raising the statutory retirement age. For the...
Die direkte Demokratie in Aktion: Die Schweizer Stimmbevölkerung entscheidet zugunsten einer Erhöhung der gesetzlichen Altersrente

Die direkte Demokratie in Aktion: Die Schweizer Stimmbevölkerung entscheidet zugunsten einer Erhöhung der gesetzlichen Altersrente

Am 3. März 2024 hat sich die Schweizer Stimmbevölkerung für eine dreizehnte jährliche Zahlung der Alters- und Hinterbliebenenversicherung (AHV), aber gegen eine schrittweise Erhöhung des gesetzlichen Rentenalters ausgesprochen. Zum ersten...
La démocratie directe en action : Les électeurs suisses décident d’augmenter la rente de vieillesse de l’Etat

La démocratie directe en action : Les électeurs suisses décident d’augmenter la rente de vieillesse de l’Etat

Le 3 mars 2024, les électeurs suisses se sont prononcés en faveur d’un treizième versement annuel de l’assurance vieillesse et survivants (AVS), mais contre le relèvement progressif de l’âge légal...
The Indian Telecommunication Act, 2023: A Beacon of Security or a Shroud on Liberty?

The Indian Telecommunication Act, 2023: A Beacon of Security or a Shroud on Liberty?

With the enactment of the Telecommunication Act 2023 (“Act”), there has been a tectonic shift in India’s telecommunication landscape. The Act supersedes the Indian Telegraph Act 1885 and the Indian...
Threats to Judicial Independence and Impartiality: The Attack on Mexico’s Supreme Court

Threats to Judicial Independence and Impartiality: The Attack on Mexico’s Supreme Court

When Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced his government plan, he formally promised to respect the judiciary’s decisions and institutions. Four years later, his promises are yet to be...
AI and Global Development: The Role of Economic and Social Rights

AI and Global Development: The Role of Economic and Social Rights

As policymakers in the Global North prepare to introduce binding horizontal AI regulation, increasing attention is also being paid to the promises and pitfalls of AI for developing countries. Although...
How can we guard against AI-generated discrimination?

How can we guard against AI-generated discrimination?

One of the most commonly expressed concerns about AI systems is their capacity to produce unfairly discriminatory outputs and decisions. Well-known examples abound: for instance, in healthcare, AI-enabled decision support...
Beyond State Responsibility: The Trafigura Case and Corporate Accountability in Africa

Beyond State Responsibility: The Trafigura Case and Corporate Accountability in Africa

Over the last few decades, there has been global recognition that corporations yield considerable social, economic and political power. This recognition has been accompanied by the question of how to...
Resisting the Legal Assault on Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Students

Resisting the Legal Assault on Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Students

Since the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v Hodges striking down same-sex marriage bans across the United States, conservative States and localities—perhaps motivated by the politics of resentment stemming...
Empathy and Justice: Abortion Rights for Minor Rape Victims in India

Empathy and Justice: Abortion Rights for Minor Rape Victims in India

Otherwise viewed as a laudable step in addressing rights to abort, India’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 (MTP) inadvertently leaves minor rape victims vulnerable. A recent decision of the...
A Justiciable Right to Housing? The UK Supreme Court’s Decision in R (Imam) v London Borough of Croydon

A Justiciable Right to Housing? The UK Supreme Court’s Decision in R (Imam) v London Borough of Croydon

In a December 2023 decision, the UK Supreme Court sought to clarify how courts should use their remedial discretion to make mandatory orders against local authorities. In doing so, the...

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