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Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia: Part 2

Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia: Part 2

Yesterday, I discussed the High Court’s decision in Campaign Against the Arms Trade’s unsuccessful judicial review of the Secretary of State for International Trade’s granting of arms export licences to...
Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia: Part 1

Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia: Part 1

Yemen’s devastating conflict has inflicted an egregious toll on civilians, catalysing, in the words of the UN Secretary General, a tragedy of ‘almost unprecedented proportions’. Last month the ICRC took...
Human Rights and Counterterrorism

Human Rights and Counterterrorism

Last week Theresa May argued that human rights laws that impede effective counter-terrorism should be changed. Keir Starmer disagrees, arguing that human rights and effective counterterrorism are complementary. Who is...
A Win For The Freedom Of Expression In Kenya: Criminal Libel Is Unconstitutional

A Win For The Freedom Of Expression In Kenya: Criminal Libel Is Unconstitutional

The Kenyan High court has, in a recent decision, struck a blow for freedom of expression. The case, Jacqueline Okuta& another v Attorney General & 2 others , sought to...
Administrative Decisions and Terrorist Suspects: The UK Supreme Court’s Decision in Youssef v SSFC

Administrative Decisions and Terrorist Suspects: The UK Supreme Court’s Decision in Youssef v SSFC

The month of January witnessed an important UK Supreme Court decision in Youssef v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (“Youssef”) pertaining to civil rights. It considered a...
Journalism, Detention and Anti-Terrorism Powers

Journalism, Detention and Anti-Terrorism Powers

Few would dispute that journalistic sources and material deserve special legal protection in a liberal democracy. But few would suggest that this protection should confer a licence to damage national...
Striking a Fine Balance: A Welcome Judicial Review of Executive Discretion in MM

Striking a Fine Balance: A Welcome Judicial Review of Executive Discretion in MM

On 3 December 2015, the High Court (Administrative Division) of England and Wales rendered an important decision in MM & GY & TY v Secretary of State (“MM”) with respect...
The US Constitutional Status of Same-Sex Marriage – An Issue that Can No Longer be Avoided

The US Constitutional Status of Same-Sex Marriage – An Issue that Can No Longer be Avoided

This week the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral argument in what will no doubt be considered one of the most important civil rights cases of our...
Disability Defence to Possession can Rarely be Decided Summarily: Akerman-Livinsgtone v Aster Communities Ltd

Disability Defence to Possession can Rarely be Decided Summarily: Akerman-Livinsgtone v Aster Communities Ltd

This note considers the procedural implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Akerman-Livingstone, which held that the proportionality exercise for a discrimination defence to a possession claim under the Equality...
A House Divided: Grappling with Affirmative Action in South Africa

A House Divided: Grappling with Affirmative Action in South Africa

It doesn’t require much imagination to see that affirmative action policies implemented for the good of society exact a toll on the individuals who lose out. This is especially true...
What next for LGBT equality?

What next for LGBT equality?

It has been almost a year since the Supreme Court of the United States delivered judgment in Windsor v United States and in the intervening twelve months there have been...
Proposed Bahamian Constitutional Reform: No Room for Socio-Economic Rights

Proposed Bahamian Constitutional Reform: No Room for Socio-Economic Rights

On July 8, 2013, the Constitutional Commission of the Bahamas presented its report on proposed Constitutional reform in time for the nation’s 40th Anniversary of Independence. Although several useful and...

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