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‘Zero-hours Contracts’: Zero Problem, or Zero Choice?

‘Zero-hours Contracts’: Zero Problem, or Zero Choice?

In our previous post, attention was drawn to the growing concern about the spread and regulation of ultra-casual employment known as ‘zero-hours contracts’ (ZHCs). Together with our colleague Dr Abi...
Britain’s Human Rights Agenda – Bringing Rights into the Home

Britain’s Human Rights Agenda – Bringing Rights into the Home

In a speech to the UN in 1958, Eleanor Roosevelt famously remarked, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home… they are the world...
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...
ConstitutionUK – What Role for Human Rights in a New Constitution?

ConstitutionUK – What Role for Human Rights in a New Constitution?

The role of human rights in our political and constitutional order has been something of a burning issue in the lead up to the election. Last October, the Conservative party...
Tentative Reform of State Surveillance Powers in the UK

Tentative Reform of State Surveillance Powers in the UK

Rumblings of discontent have been heard from the supervisory bodies that are entrusted with providing oversight of surveillance operations by UK intelligence agencies. While these demonstrate that the security services...
Damaged and Disregarded: Children’s Interests in the Benefit Cap Decision

Damaged and Disregarded: Children’s Interests in the Benefit Cap Decision

Following on from Paul Scott’s post, this contribution will consider how the Supreme Court in SG dealt with the interests of children in analysing whether the benefits cap was justified...
Privacy, Data Protection and Police Records

Privacy, Data Protection and Police Records

Can the retention of records by the police relating to acts that occurred in public be contrary to the right to privacy? Such a matter was recently considered by the...
To Tackle Poverty Effectively, See it Through the Lens of Gender

To Tackle Poverty Effectively, See it Through the Lens of Gender

Everyone knows that women hold up half the sky but are nonetheless much more likely to live in poverty. Yet in fact the latest ‘poverty statistics’ for the UK, published...
The Benefits Cap and the Enforcement of Unincorporated Human Rights Treaties

The Benefits Cap and the Enforcement of Unincorporated Human Rights Treaties

A prominent element of the UK coalition government’s deficit-reduction strategy (in rhetorical terms, if not practical significance) has been the implementation of a cap on the benefits (including those relating...
Why we need to start saying I’m Alright with Human Rights

Why we need to start saying I’m Alright with Human Rights

Sanchita discusses British Institute of Human Rights‘ new initiative to give voice to those who are Alright With Human Rights here in the UK, sharing a different perspective to the...
Grayling’s Enhance Court Fees: how to pay lip-service to Magna Carta

Grayling’s Enhance Court Fees: how to pay lip-service to Magna Carta

On 9th March 2015, the Civil Proceedings and Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2015 came into force in England and Wales and introduced ‘enhanced’ court fees – enhanced in the...
The Equality Agenda in 2015: Part III- Advancing Equality

The Equality Agenda in 2015: Part III- Advancing Equality

In the final post of this ‘Equality Agenda in 2015’ blog-series, Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC returns to confront the issues posed by the drastic reduction in the Equality and...

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