Socio-Economic Rights

Women’s Invisible Labour, Kinkeeping and Care: Ireland’s 8 March Constitutional Referendum

Women’s Invisible Labour, Kinkeeping and Care: Ireland’s 8 March Constitutional Referendum

On International Women’s Day, Ireland will hold votes on two proposed changes to Article 41 of the Constitution. The first would extend constitutional protection to families other than those based...
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...
The Intersection of Human Rights and Finance: A Legal Exploration of the UDHR’s Continuing Impact

The Intersection of Human Rights and Finance: A Legal Exploration of the UDHR’s Continuing Impact

This post marks International Human Rights Day, which occurred earlier this week on the 10 December. This is the day that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed, which...
75 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: What Its Legacy Represents Today

75 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: What Its Legacy Represents Today

This post marks International Human Rights Day on the 10 December, the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I write this from Ukraine, where I...
Parental Leave, Equality and Dignity in South Africa: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Parental Leave, Equality and Dignity in South Africa: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

On 25 October 2023, the Johannesburg High Court of South Africa in Van Wyk v Minister of Employment and Labour [2023] ZAGPJHC 1213 declared certain provisions of the Basic Conditions...
Thubakgale: Bringing Home the Right to Adequate Housing Against a Recalcitrant Municipality

Thubakgale: Bringing Home the Right to Adequate Housing Against a Recalcitrant Municipality

An August 2023 housing rights decision of the Pretoria High Court in South Africa is the latest in a protracted dispute for the Thubakgale applicants against a municipality, in their...
A Blueprint for the World: How Karnataka’s Shakti and Gruha Lakshmi Schemes Elevate Women’s Economic Rights

A Blueprint for the World: How Karnataka’s Shakti and Gruha Lakshmi Schemes Elevate Women’s Economic Rights

Karnataka, through its state government schemes, has taken proactive steps towards ensuring women’s welfare and equity. Among the five key schemes, the Shakti and the Gruha Lakshmi Scheme are particularly...
Suicides within India’s Agricultural Industry: How Climate Change and Government Policy are Impacting Human Rights

Suicides within India’s Agricultural Industry: How Climate Change and Government Policy are Impacting Human Rights

Over 650 farmers have committed suicide in the central region of Maharashtra, India, from January to August 2023. Climate change and the stress it places on agriculture have been the...
Access to Abortion at the Federal Level: Another Step Towards Reproductive Justice in Mexico

Access to Abortion at the Federal Level: Another Step Towards Reproductive Justice in Mexico

The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice’s recent ruling on abortion is a landmark decision promoting reproductive justice for women in the country. Not only does the Court clearly develop the...
The Case for Caution in Making Social Class a Protected Characteristic under the UK’s Equality Act 2010

The Case for Caution in Making Social Class a Protected Characteristic under the UK’s Equality Act 2010

Momentum is growing in the UK to make social class a statutory protected characteristic. The Co-Op, The British Psychological Society, and the Bridge Group, amongst others, have proposed legislative reform...
The Menace of Manual Scavenging in India: The Case for Stronger Legal Implementation

The Menace of Manual Scavenging in India: The Case for Stronger Legal Implementation

The right to a clean, safe, and healthy environment is a fundamental right protected by Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, encompassed by the right to life. However, sanitation employees...
A Landmark Victory for Freedom of Religion in Kenya: The Court of Appeal’s Judgment in Phillip Okoth and LSK v BOM, St Anne’s Primary Ahero

A Landmark Victory for Freedom of Religion in Kenya: The Court of Appeal’s Judgment in Phillip Okoth and LSK v BOM, St Anne’s Primary Ahero

In a ground-breaking decision, the Court of Appeal at Kisumu delivered a judgment that carries far-reaching implications for the protection of freedom of religion in Kenya. The case of Phillip...

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