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    UK influence after Brexit: the Commonwealth should be seen as a network, not as an excuse

UK influence after Brexit: the Commonwealth should be seen as a network, not as an excuse

Portraying the Commonwealth as a group of trading partners who share similar values and that will bolster the UK’s influence and prosperity after Brexit is at best delusional, writes Fred Carver. He argues that while the Commonwealth can be used as a diplomatic network in certain cases, it should not be used as a catch-all excuse for trade […]

April 14th, 2018|Brexit, Featured|5 Comments|
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    Critical actors and abortion law: a group of individuals in Northern Irish politics obstructs change

Critical actors and abortion law: a group of individuals in Northern Irish politics obstructs change

There are various reasons why progress on legal abortion in Northern Ireland has been blocked over the years. Key among them is that individual politicians rule out any suggestion of change, writes Jennifer Thomson. She argues that more attention should be given to the actions of individual actors, considering their role can often be as important as that of […]

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    Should the law facilitate the removal of the children of terrorists and extremists from their care?

Should the law facilitate the removal of the children of terrorists and extremists from their care?

In light of the recent debate in the media about whether the children of those convicted of terrorist offences should be removed from their care, Fatima Ahdash draws on case law to explain why this is both a difficult and dangerous issue for family courts.

Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and head of Counter-Terrorism policing recently called […]

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    Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: our government might not organise a party, but the rest of us should

Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: our government might not organise a party, but the rest of us should

The worldview that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights promotes is the polar opposite of the one actually gaining traction today, writes Francesca Klug. She argues that the Declaration was written for a precise moment like now, when lessons learnt from genocide and war are replaced by national pride and international indifference.

When the state chooses to remember some significant […]

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    Reforming modern employment: have the Conservatives done enough to become the party of workers?

Reforming modern employment: have the Conservatives done enough to become the party of workers?

Have the Conservatives fulfilled Theresa May’s pledge to become Britain’s workers’ party? Not as it currently stands, writes Tonia Novitz. She explains what the actual plight of British workers is, what steps have been taken by May’s government to address it, and why they fall short of what is needed.

Can the Tories can become ‘the workers’ party’? This was […]

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    The reluctant role model: why Britain (usually) obeys the European Court of Human Rights

The reluctant role model: why Britain (usually) obeys the European Court of Human Rights

Despite often complaining about the existence of the European Court of Human Rights, the UK has one of the strongest compliance records in the Court’s 47-country system. Zoë Jay explains how the UK’s conceptions of human rights protection shape its willingness to comply with the Court’s rulings.

To say the United Kingdom hasn’t always seen eye to eye with […]

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    Why the Human Rights Act should not be repealed: an Irish perspective

Why the Human Rights Act should not be repealed: an Irish perspective

Arguments against the Human Rights Act are based on misconceptions, writes Conor Gearty. And in the context of Brexit, repealing an Act which is at the heart of devolved nations only to replace it with a British bill of rights would exacerbate the existing alienation that the Leave vote has started. Those misconceptions must be exposed.

When I arrived in […]

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    A court just made a landmark ruling for abortion rights in Northern Ireland

A court just made a landmark ruling for abortion rights in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s abortion law is incompatible with human rights, ruled Belfast’s High Court earlier this week. Jennifer Thomson writes that even though the law might still not be changed in response, the judgment remains a cause for celebration for recognising the human rights of Northern Irish women.

 

Belfast’s High Court has ruled that Northern Ireland can no longer withhold abortions […]

December 3rd, 2015|Featured|2 Comments|