The Arab Spring – The Seeds of Change

A decade ago, Susan Marks (arguably one of the big names in legal theory) tried to rationalise the relationship between theory and practice in the context of paradigm-shifting events. She did so in a paper reflecting on an unexpected reaction from a conference attendee: “Reflections on a Teach-in Walk-out.” January 2002, Afghanistan is invaded by… More The Arab Spring – The Seeds of Change

UK Supreme Court accepts secret evidence and grants suspected terrorists deportation appeal

On 7th March 2012, in W (Algeria) (FC) and BB (Algeria) (FC) and Others v Secretary of State for the Home Department, the UK Supreme Court unanimously agreed to grant suspected terrorists a deportation appeal. The Court accepted secret evidence of torture in Algeria, as it was established that Algerian state officials systematically practise torture… More UK Supreme Court accepts secret evidence and grants suspected terrorists deportation appeal

US Supreme Court agrees to rehear the case of Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum to determine corporate responsibility for abuses committed abroad

On 5th March 2012, the US Supreme Court agreed to rehear the case of Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum following a hearing on 28th February 2012. This dispute between Royal Dutch Petroleum and a group of 12 Nigerians of Ogoni ethnicity involves the allegation that Royal Dutch Petroleum was complicit in aiding and abetting the… More US Supreme Court agrees to rehear the case of Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum to determine corporate responsibility for abuses committed abroad

Some Muslim and African countries are still unwilling to protect gay rights

Several Muslim and African countries have walked out of a Human Rights Council panel set up to tackle the global issue of discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world. The walkout came after the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, and the human rights high commissioner, Navi Pillay, told the session that homosexuals should be protected… More Some Muslim and African countries are still unwilling to protect gay rights

ECtHR finds Turkey guilty of denying an imam the right to a fair hearing

On 28th February 2012 in Mehmet Emin Simsek v Turkey, the European Court of Human Rights held in a Chamber judgment in favour of the applicant Mehmet Emin Simsek. In February 2000, the applicant, an imam in a mosque, was arrested and taken to pre-trial detention on the allegation that he was linked with the illegal… More ECtHR finds Turkey guilty of denying an imam the right to a fair hearing

ECtHR finds Sweden’s conviction of four men for disseminating hate speech lawful

On 9th February 2012 in Fejdeland v Sweden, the European Court issued its first ruling on offensive speech in relation to sexual orientation. The applicants, four men from an organisation called National Youth, complained against a domestic ruling against them. They were convicted for posting anti-homosexual leaflets on the lockers of a secondary school that… More ECtHR finds Sweden’s conviction of four men for disseminating hate speech lawful

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture calls for an end to surgical castration of sex offenders

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), which is part of the Council of Europe, has condemned surgical castration of sex offenders, still practiced in Germany and the Czech Republic, as ‘degrading’. Under German law, the offender must give his consent, and be informed about the implications and side-effects of castration. Nonetheless, the… More The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture calls for an end to surgical castration of sex offenders

British proposal to reform the European Court of Human Rights

In a twelve-page document about the future of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Britain that currently holds the Council of Europe chair, is attempting to recruit ‘allies’ in its plan to reform the Strasbourg Court. Although the document describes the ECtHR as a “cornerstone of the convention system”, it criticises the current rules… More British proposal to reform the European Court of Human Rights