Socio-Economic Rights

The socio-economic duty: A powerful idea hidden in plain sight in the Equality Act

The socio-economic duty: A powerful idea hidden in plain sight in the Equality Act

Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 asks public authorities to actively consider the way in which their policies and their most strategic decisions can increase or decrease inequalities. I...
Legal Gaps in Securing Customary Land Rights in Zambia

Legal Gaps in Securing Customary Land Rights in Zambia

The Asa Lato & 30 others case provides an opportunity for Zambia’s High Court to review legal gaps related to the conversion of customary land to registered leasehold tenure, especially...
Human Rights, Participation and the 2030 Agenda

Human Rights, Participation and the 2030 Agenda

Four years into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, embedded human rights principles are under strain. Frank and open dialogue at the UN can help shine a spotlight on unfulfilled...
The Dollars and Cents of Human Rights: The UN Guiding Principles on Economic Reform and Human Rights

The Dollars and Cents of Human Rights: The UN Guiding Principles on Economic Reform and Human Rights

Whoever would have predicted that the cutting edge of human rights work would take us to ‘Automatic Exchange of Information’ agreements or unutilised reserves? Due to an ever-increasing and overdue...
Poverty and Politics in the SDGs (with Philip Alston)

Poverty and Politics in the SDGs (with Philip Alston)

Sustainable Development Goal 1 is to eliminate poverty in all its forms everywhere. Poverty stands in the way of people enjoying many of their basic human rights and it can...
Socio-Economic Rights and Land Reform in Scotland: Learning from South Africa

Socio-Economic Rights and Land Reform in Scotland: Learning from South Africa

Balancing the property rights of landowners with the socio-economic rights of communities and tenants has developed into a focal point in the contemporary human rights debate in Scotland. This has...
Grenfell: Human Rights and a Ban on Combustible Cladding?

Grenfell: Human Rights and a Ban on Combustible Cladding?

A number of key human rights issue arise following the Grenfell Tower Tragedy in which 72 people died, and many more were displaced. In December 2017 the Equality and Human...
Makangwane: A Fight for Effective Relief to Historic Injustice

Makangwane: A Fight for Effective Relief to Historic Injustice

Learners at Makangwane Secondary School in Limpopo, South Africa have for too long been deprived of their fundamental rights to basic education, dignity, equality and the protection of their best...
Rude Awakening for over 20,000 Residents of Kibera in Kenya

Rude Awakening for over 20,000 Residents of Kibera in Kenya

On Monday, 23 July 2018, over 20,000 residents of Kibera slum in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi woke up to the rude awakening of their forced eviction from a place they...
The Forgotten Asylum Seekers of Calais and Dunkirk

The Forgotten Asylum Seekers of Calais and Dunkirk

Since the closure of the ‘Jungle’ in October 2016, the asylum seekers and refugees that remain in Calais, Dunkirk and other areas along the Northern French coast in desperate and...
Release of landmark report into the education of students with disability in Victoria, Australia

Release of landmark report into the education of students with disability in Victoria, Australia

Around one in every six students in the Australian state of Victoria lives and learns with disability. On 29 June 2018 the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash...
Is the restitution of land in the ‘public interest’?

Is the restitution of land in the ‘public interest’?

In the wake of public hearings taking place around South Africa concerning the Parliamentary motion to review and amend the compensation provisions for the lawful expropriation of land contained in...

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