human rights

Book Review: British Foreign Policy: The New Labour Years

Matthew Partridge finds that Oliver Daddow and Jamie Gaskarth’s strong collection of essays on Blair and Brown’s foreign policy highs and lows is strong enough to justify its place on reading-lists, covering the Iraq, Afghanistan, and the War on Terror.   British Foreign Policy: The New Labour Years. Oliver Daddow and Jamie Gaskarth. Palgrave MacMillan. July 2011.  This year’s events have prompted academics, […]

Replacing the Human Rights Act with a weaker British Bill of Rights would send a sign to the international community that we are no longer serious about human rights.

The prime minister has made clear his intention to ‘repatriate’ human rights jurisdiction back from Europe to the UK. Helen Wildbore and Professor Francesca Klug survey the different currents which are driving the debate for a new UK bill of rights and argue that replacing the Human Rights Act with anything weaker would send a sign to the international community […]

The Conservatives cannot ‘wriggle’ their way out of the European Convention on Human Rights, even by introducing a British Bill of Rights.

The Conservatives have made no secret of the party’s desire to roll back its European human rights obligations, with many in the party also advocating repealing the Human Rights Act and establishing a British Bill of Rights. As the party seeks to ‘win back’ jurisdiction over human rights cases, Saladin Meckled-Garcia finds the coalition government’s stance is nothing less than […]

Book Review: Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic

A vital read for students and researchers interested in the ramifications and contradictions of international law and justice, Ramona Wadi finds that Judith Armatta’s detailed narration and analysis of Milosevic’s trial an important contribution to the field.   Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic. Duke University Press, 2010 In a narration which deals with the responsibility of establishing guilt ‘beyond […]

Questionable proposals for legal aid reform in the UK mean that government’s promises of justice for all ring hollow.

The controversial Legal Aid, Punishment and Sentencing of Offenders Bill has had a baptism of fire since it was leaked earlier this summer and recent moves by the UN and Amnesty International will do nothing to quell the flames. Avery Hancock writes that this bill will serve only to create an uphill battle for human rights.

Book Review: Dignity in Adversity: Human Rights in Troubled Times

Ramona Wadi reviews Seyla Benhabib’s important new treatise on human rights discourse. Dignity in Adversity: Human Rights in Troubled Times. Seyla Benhabib. Polity. September 2011. Find this book: Amazon A reference to Immanuel Kant provides the background for Yale Professor Seyla Benhabib’s new treatise on human rights discourse. Kant’s redefining of cosmopolitanism transforms the term from ‘citizenship denial’ to ‘citizenship of […]

The Dale Farm case shows that legal authority must be made clear before potentially life-wrecking actions are taken.

Conor Gearty investigates the background of the recent Dale Farm legal action, and finds that, even though the Human Rights Act has not being invoked in this instance, the residents of Dale Farm have been able to use legal loopholes to undermine the Council’s desire to evict them.

A grubby tax deal with the Swiss, a spike in female unemployment and the end of Gaddafi in Libya: round up of political blogs for 20-26 August

Chris Gilson, Danielle Moran and Amy Mollett take a look at the week in political blogging. Libya Conflict As rebel forces close in on Colonel Gaddafi in Tripoli, Mike Smithson at politicabetting.com wonders when the ‘rebels’ will cease to be ‘rebels’ to the rest of the world. Tim Montgomerie at thetorydiary says that David Cameron should feel proud of how […]