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Austerity Policies in the UK an Impermissible Retrogressive Measure

Austerity Policies in the UK an Impermissible Retrogressive Measure

Under the umbrella of austerity, the UK has pursued a punishing regime of cuts to social welfare benefits and public services. This week the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty...
The Consequences of the Ashers Cake Judgment

The Consequences of the Ashers Cake Judgment

The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by Belfast bakery Ashers Bakery and its managers Mr and Mrs McArthur in refusing to bake a cake for Gareth Lee, who had...
Gender Recognition Reform – The Current Debate is Misconceived

Gender Recognition Reform – The Current Debate is Misconceived

The Gender Recognition Act 2004 (‘GRA’) allows transgender people in England and Wales to be legally recognised in their new gender. The government has acknowledged that the current process is...
The Long and Winding Road of Caste Legislation in the UK

The Long and Winding Road of Caste Legislation in the UK

The power to make caste discrimination an aspect of race discrimination, originally contained in s.9(5) of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA), was one of the few substantive supplements to the...
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...
A Human Right to Divorce?

A Human Right to Divorce?

The case of Owens v Owens rocked the legal world in late July, when the Supreme Court decided that Tini Owens could not divorce her husband, despite the court recognising...
Landmark judgment on PSPO Regime has Significant Repercussions for Freedom of Expression

Landmark judgment on PSPO Regime has Significant Repercussions for Freedom of Expression

On 2 July 2018, the High Court handed down judgment in Dulgheriu v London Boroughof Ealing [2018] EWHC 1667 (Admin). The case provides crucial insight into the ever lowering threshold...
Women’s Rights and the Proposed Changes to the Gender Recognition Act

Women’s Rights and the Proposed Changes to the Gender Recognition Act

In this post we use the word women to refer to individuals born as women (also known as ‘natal women’). The current government consultation on proposed changes to the Gender...
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...
 Parent Company Liability for Human Rights Abuses in the UK? We Need Clarity

 Parent Company Liability for Human Rights Abuses in the UK? We Need Clarity

The liability of parent companies for the extraterritorial human rights abuses committed by their subsidiaries has increasingly become a critical topic for both corporate and human rights litigators. The absence...
HM Chief Inspector v Interim Executive of Al-Hijrah School: Religious Conviction is Not a Solvent of Legal Obligation

HM Chief Inspector v Interim Executive of Al-Hijrah School: Religious Conviction is Not a Solvent of Legal Obligation

The most interesting feature of the case of HM Chief Inspector v Interim Executive of Al Hijrah School [2018] IRLR 334 is the split between the reasoning of the majority...
“A New Form of Discrimination”: Civil Partnerships for Different-Sex Couples in the UK Supreme Court

“A New Form of Discrimination”: Civil Partnerships for Different-Sex Couples in the UK Supreme Court

Civil partnerships were introduced by the New Labour government in the UK in 2005 to give same-sex couples many of the protections and rights afforded to married couples without actually...

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