On 27th June 2012, in Herrmann v. Germany, the European Court of Human Rights found that a German law obligating landowners to tolerate hunting on their land constituted a violation the ECHR. Günter Herrmann, a German national, owned two plots of less than 75 hectares (185 acres) of land in Rhineland-Palatinate. The Federal Hunting Law… More ECtHR finds German hunting law an infringement of Human Rights
On 23rd June 2012, in Arizona, et al. v. United States, the United States Supreme Court struck down many of the key provisions of the controversial Arizona statute SB1070. Arizona law made it a criminal misdemeanour for a non-US citizen to omit to complete an alien registration document and carry it with him or her… More Some provisions of the Controversial Arizona Statute are struck down
On 22nd June 2012, in The Queen, on the application of (1) RMC and (2) FJ – and – Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis, the UK High Court ruled that the retention of photographs, fingerprints and DNA taken of citizens on arrest was in violation of the Human Rights Act and an unlawful… More The retention of photographs, fingerprints, and DNA of apprehended individuals is a violation of Article 8
A US Justice Department Memo from 30th May 2005 has now been published and it is likely to represent one the most remarkable documents about the Bush administration’s experiment with torture. The Memo concludes that the CIA did not violate the Convention Against Torture (CAT). However, as Alexander Abdo argues in his article in the… More Disclosure of Bush administration document about CIA interrogation techniques
According to a new Human Rights Watch report, Chinese authorities are currently forcing ethnic Kachin refugees who have fled civil war back into Burma. The Kachin conflict has, since it started in 2011, pushed around 10,000 people to seek refuge in China. These refugees have little access to proper sanitation, shelter, healthcare or schools. According… More China is pushing Burma refugees back to war zone
Procedural challenges to death penalty The public debate on the death penalty is primarily of substantive character. But from a lawyer’s perspective the debate on procedural concerns might be of similar importance. Most procedural arguments are in some respect related to either discrimination[i] or the possibility of miscarriage of justice[ii]. In this article I will… More Death Penalty: Still a Discrimination Issue
The House of Lords has began to debate the second reading of the controversial Justice and Security Bill, which introduces limited disclosure of sensitive intelligence materials in civil court cases. Under the procedures a defendant or claimant will not be permitted to see all the relevant evidence. As the House of Lords Constitution Committee has… More Concerns over extending ‘Closed Material Procedures’ to civil cases
Aaron Sonson, Satwant Singh Kenth and Gregory Paczkowski have recently released the Stop and Search app that informs users of their rights once they are stopped and searched by the police. This free app has been available for Blackberry phones since April and the iPhone and Android versions are currently under way. The developers claim… More New ‘Stop and Search’ app: will it increase fairness in the procedure?
The UN Human Rights Commissioner has published the draft report of the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UK’s human rights record, which assesses the human rights in this country. The report touches on issues such as the UK’s anti-terrorism measures, the use of stop-and-search measures and the duration of pre-charge detention for suspected… More UK's Human Rights Record
The Church of England has delivered an uncompromising warning to the government against pressing ahead with a proposal to legalise gay marriage. Despite ministerial assurances that churches would not have to conduct gay marriages, the Church warns that it would be doubtful whether limiting same-sex couples to civil ceremonies would withstand a challenge at the… More Will Strasbourg force churches to perform gay marriages?