Of Law and Morals: The Use of Force and the Syrian Conflict

I. Introduction With regards to the internal conflict in Syria, the optimistic nomenclature of an ‘Arab Spring’ has fallen into desuetude. A series of protests against the Assad regime in Syria in March 2011 escalated into an armed conflict between governmental forces and dispersed rebel groups. As of March 2014, over 146,000 people have been reported… More Of Law and Morals: The Use of Force and the Syrian Conflict

Inhuman Rights: Is the Sun Right About the Human Rights Act?

At the inaugural Media & Public Policy Lecture (Media Standards Trust and King’s Policy Institute), Baroness Helena Kennedy QC examined the relationship between the tabloid press in the UK and the Human Rights Act 1998. This article will examine in further detail some of the key issues that were raised.   It is no secret… More Inhuman Rights: Is the Sun Right About the Human Rights Act?

New Directives on Defence Rights in the EU: Towards Progress?

Human rights play a key role in the determination of criminal law. And as an EU citizen, you are free to move and cross borders. But, would criminal proceedings be initiated against you, are your rights the same wherever you are? Do you always get a translation of the proceedings initiated against you in another… More New Directives on Defence Rights in the EU: Towards Progress?

The Right to Reputation: a European human right?

Introduction There is no express provision guaranteeing the right to reputation in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). If there was such a right, at first sight, it would be protected by Article 8, which enshrines the right to respect of private and family life. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), from which… More The Right to Reputation: a European human right?

The lack of an effective remedy: how the Italian reform of dismissal breaches the EU Charter

Introduction The financial crisis had an huge impact not only on the economic system of EU Member States, but also on their legal framework, even if this aspect of it is usually unnoticed. The labour law field is one of the sector that has been stricken the most by the legal changes required to boost… More The lack of an effective remedy: how the Italian reform of dismissal breaches the EU Charter

Lord Neuberger’s Speech: UK’s Antagonism with the EU and the Consequences

Lord Neuberger’s recent speech concerning the relationship between the UK and the EU (and in particular the European Courts) is timely, although perhaps surprising. One on hand timely, due to the current calls for the UK to reconsider its relationship with Europe as allegations that it intrudes too much on the everyday lives of UK… More Lord Neuberger’s Speech: UK’s Antagonism with the EU and the Consequences

Reconsidering Naz: The theoretical shortcomings of a privacy based approach to homosexuality

I: Introduction In 2009 the High Court of Delhi, in the case of Naz Foundation v. NCT Delhi (hereinafter Naz), decriminalized consensual acts of homosexuality in private, therefore, legalizing homosexual intercourse in a private realm.iThe Supreme Court of India, however, re-criminalized consensual homosexual intercourse in private in December 2013ii. The Supreme Court decision has led… More Reconsidering Naz: The theoretical shortcomings of a privacy based approach to homosexuality

A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO DUBLIN III

The implementation of the new Dublin Regulation (“Dublin III”) on 1st January 2014 was heralded as the birth of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), a joint EU answer to the right to seek international protection from persecution. The Regulation is a recast of the much-criticised “Dublin II” Regulation, cornerstone of the EU asylum system.… More A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO DUBLIN III

Can the use of teargas be considered as a human rights violation? : A critical analysis on the policing of the Gezi Park protests

“Suddenly somebody rang the door. People outside were shouting that Berkin’s head is broken and that we should come down immediately. When I went out there was thick teargas and there were police in the street. It was hard to see what was happening. Berkin’s friends had already taken him to the hospital. By the… More Can the use of teargas be considered as a human rights violation? : A critical analysis on the policing of the Gezi Park protests