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Illegal Human Trafficking Profits Skyrocket

Illegal Human Trafficking Profits Skyrocket

Human trafficking is big business. The United Nations (UN) just released an updated report that reveals traffickers are raking in record illegal profits. Meanwhile, the inherently valuable people whom traffickers...
The European Court of Human Rights’ Gendered Climate Docket: KlimaSeniorinnen and Duarte Agostinho

The European Court of Human Rights’ Gendered Climate Docket: KlimaSeniorinnen and Duarte Agostinho

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) just announced that the judgments in all three climate cases before the Grand Chamber will be issued on 9 April: Verein KlimaSeniorinnen v...
One year on, US journalist Evan Gershkovich remains a state hostage in Russia

One year on, US journalist Evan Gershkovich remains a state hostage in Russia

For the past twelve months, US journalist Evan Gershkovich, a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, has been held in a Moscow prison awaiting trial. Arrested by security services on...
How Texas’ Proposed Criminalisation of Immigration Jeopardises Human Rights Commitments

How Texas’ Proposed Criminalisation of Immigration Jeopardises Human Rights Commitments

Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) —which is currently blocked from taking effect— is the latest in a long line of repressive strategies that the state of Texas is using to...
The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Key reports, themes, and issues

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Key reports, themes, and issues

The right to Freedom of Religion or Belief (FORB) continues to be one of the most important and vulnerable human rights globally. Evidence of rising incidents of racial and religious...
Shamima Begum – A Disappointing Precedent for the Protection of Victims of Trafficking

Shamima Begum – A Disappointing Precedent for the Protection of Victims of Trafficking

As the face of the UK’s counter-terrorism response, the Shamima Begum case continues to shine a spotlight on the critical intersection of counter-terrorism measures and the problem of human trafficking....
The Aberdeen housing crisis: Cementing housing rights in Scotland

The Aberdeen housing crisis: Cementing housing rights in Scotland

In February 2024, hundreds of residents of privately and council-owned houses in Aberdeen began being moved out of their homes after around 500 homes were found to have been constructed...
AI and Global Development: The Role of Economic and Social Rights

AI and Global Development: The Role of Economic and Social Rights

As policymakers in the Global North prepare to introduce binding horizontal AI regulation, increasing attention is also being paid to the promises and pitfalls of AI for developing countries. Although...
Another Failed Execution: The United States’ Strained Relationship with the Right to Life

Another Failed Execution: The United States’ Strained Relationship with the Right to Life

At 73 years of age, Thomas Creech is Idaho’s longest-serving death row inmate. He entered prison in 1974 and was slated to face execution on 28 February this year. As...
Women’s Invisible Labour, Kinkeeping and Care: Ireland’s 8 March Constitutional Referendum

Women’s Invisible Labour, Kinkeeping and Care: Ireland’s 8 March Constitutional Referendum

On International Women’s Day, Ireland will hold votes on two proposed changes to Article 41 of the Constitution. The first would extend constitutional protection to families other than those based...
Coming of Age: The Establishment of 18 as the Legal Minimum Age for Marriage

Coming of Age: The Establishment of 18 as the Legal Minimum Age for Marriage

Recent reports from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) highlight a global decline in child marriage. Yet the practice still persists, impacting 640 million girls and women in...
The International Court of Justice’s Order in South Africa v Israel

The International Court of Justice’s Order in South Africa v Israel

This blog considers the case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) between South Africa and Israel. It summarises the court’s order, before looking ahead to the impact of the...

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