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In Memory of Bob Hepple

In Memory of Bob Hepple

It is with a heavy heart that I write to say farewell to Bob Hepple, who died in the early hours of Friday 21st August. There will be time for...
Zero-Tolerance for Severe Forms of Labour Exploitation in the UK

Zero-Tolerance for Severe Forms of Labour Exploitation in the UK

In June 2015, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published the results of research conducted in 21 European Member States that considers the nature of, and responses to, severe...
Politics and Legality: The UK’s Trade Union Bill 2015

Politics and Legality: The UK’s Trade Union Bill 2015

Despite having some of the most onerous legal restrictions on the right to strike in the industrialised West, Business Secretary Sajid Javid MP’s proposed Trade Union Bill seeks to place...
R (Davis): Rights in Communications Data and Constitutional Evolution

R (Davis): Rights in Communications Data and Constitutional Evolution

Much ink has been spilt of late over the mass surveillance programs run by western intelligence agencies. A separate, but related, matter of concern for privacy campaigners has been legislation...
Southall Black Sisters: Dissent to Speak Power to Truth, Hope to Counter Hate and Violence

Southall Black Sisters: Dissent to Speak Power to Truth, Hope to Counter Hate and Violence

Editor’s Note: Pragna Patel of UK women’s organisation Southall Black Sisters (SBS) and Mauro Cabral of Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE) were given the inaugural Bob Hepple Equality Award,...
Entering the No-Go Zone – Social Security and Discrimination in the UK Supreme Court

Entering the No-Go Zone – Social Security and Discrimination in the UK Supreme Court

It is rare for a human rights challenge in the social security context to succeed in the English courts. In large part this is due to the respect (some might...
US Disparate Impact Law: A View From Across the Pond

US Disparate Impact Law: A View From Across the Pond

In the set of (relatively) liberal recent pronouncements from the United States Supreme Court features its judgment in Texas Department of Housing v Inclusive Communities Project (2015). The Court, by...
The ‘Anderson Report’ on Surveillance Powers Fudges the Issues, but its Findings Should be Implemented

The ‘Anderson Report’ on Surveillance Powers Fudges the Issues, but its Findings Should be Implemented

Pressure on the government to reform the use of surveillance powers within the UK has recently ratcheted up another notch. A few months ago the Intelligence and Security Committee of...
The Legality of the Detained Appeal Process: Detention Action v First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) & Ors [2015]

The Legality of the Detained Appeal Process: Detention Action v First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) & Ors [2015]

The case concerns a challenge, brought by Detention Action in the High Court of England and Wales (and the latest in a series of challenges), to the legality of the...
CrowdJustice: Looking Forward for Human Rights and Public Interest Cases

CrowdJustice: Looking Forward for Human Rights and Public Interest Cases

What is the future of human rights and public interest litigation? At the moment we are confronting existential threats to the Human Rights Act, judicial review and legal aid. These...
Holding the Government to Account for England’s Housing Crisis through the ICESCR Parallel Reporting Process

Holding the Government to Account for England’s Housing Crisis through the ICESCR Parallel Reporting Process

The United Kingdom is approaching its 6th Periodic Report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), which will assess its performance and compliance with its obligations under...
The Future of Human Rights in the UK

The Future of Human Rights in the UK

Adam Wagner (One Crown Office Row and founder of RightsInfo.org) gave a very timely seminar on 12 May 2015 for the OxHRH and the Oxford Martin School Human Rights for...

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