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Fighting for the Right to Donate Blood: Reviewing Changes to the UK’s Separate, but Equal, Policy Towards LGBT+

Fighting for the Right to Donate Blood: Reviewing Changes to the UK’s Separate, but Equal, Policy Towards LGBT+

The UK’s current policy guidelines on donating blood have a complex history of misassumptions and homophobic rhetoric that, to this day, still requires people to divulge intimate information around their...
Failing to Prioritise Religious Burials in London: Equal Treatment or Equality?

Failing to Prioritise Religious Burials in London: Equal Treatment or Equality?

In R (ota Adath Yisroel Burial Society) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner North London [2018] EWHC 969, the High Court had to consider an application from an orthodox Jewish...
Valuing Dignity of the Windrush Generation

Valuing Dignity of the Windrush Generation

In listening to the experiences of the Windrush generation and their treatment by the UK Home Office, what stands out to many of us in the Commonwealth Caribbean is the...
Cakes and the Conscience Wars

Cakes and the Conscience Wars

Last week, the U.K. Supreme Court heard argument in Lee v. Ashers Baking Company. The case involves a baker whose Christian beliefs led him to refuse to bake a cake...
Discriminatory changes to UK disability benefits: some hope from judicial intervention?

Discriminatory changes to UK disability benefits: some hope from judicial intervention?

Welfare benefit law and policy has seen considerable controversy over the last few years, as existing benefits are changed and reduced. This April saw the annual changes to benefit levels...
The future of law clinics: Part 2 – The Law Clinic in the University

The future of law clinics: Part 2 – The Law Clinic in the University

Earlier, I wrote about the role of law clinics as agents of social justice in a democracy. In this post, I will consider the institutional context in which law clinics...
The future of law clinics: Part 1 – Social Justice, Human Rights and Law Clinics

The future of law clinics: Part 1 – Social Justice, Human Rights and Law Clinics

It was clear from an excellent workshop in Tel Aviv University last month that an impressive number and variety of innovative projects are operating in law clinics in universities and...
Falling into gaps and getting stuck in traps: Post-18 transition for young people with learning difficulties

Falling into gaps and getting stuck in traps: Post-18 transition for young people with learning difficulties

Connor Sparrowhawk, a young man of 18 with autism and epilepsy, was admitted to Slade House after he became increasingly agitated by changes as he prepared to leave school and...
Reflections On The Rhodes University Travelling Fellowship

Reflections On The Rhodes University Travelling Fellowship

As one of two holders of the inaugural Oxford Human Rights Hub Travelling Research Fellowship, I have had the valuable opportunity to work in the Law Faculty at Rhodes University,...
Law and Disability: How The UK Is Still Reinforcing The Medical View Of Disability

Law and Disability: How The UK Is Still Reinforcing The Medical View Of Disability

In 2009, when the UK ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), it seemed to mark a seismic shift in the attitude towards disabled people,...
Establishing a breach of Article 3 in medical cases: The ‘applicability’ of Strasbourg jurisprudence (update)

Establishing a breach of Article 3 in medical cases: The ‘applicability’ of Strasbourg jurisprudence (update)

Following my earlier blog post on the case of EA, the CA last week handed down its judgment in AM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD, providing some further guidance on the approach...
The Representation of the People Act 1918: A Democratic Milestone in the UK and Ireland

The Representation of the People Act 1918: A Democratic Milestone in the UK and Ireland

  The Representation of the People Act 1918 gave the UK Parliamentary vote to virtually all men and the first women on 6 February 1918, making 2018 one of the...

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