Fairness and Equality

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    A ‘Right to be Queer’: centring LGBT+ youth in debates over inclusive relationships and sex education

A ‘Right to be Queer’: centring LGBT+ youth in debates over inclusive relationships and sex education

In recent months, proposed reforms to Relationships and Sex Education in England have been a source of intense controversy. In particular, there has been strong opposition to the inclusion of LGBT+ identities within any new curriculum. Ben Kasstan and Peter Dunne consider how this complex debate may develop under Johnson’s government.

The debate over LGBT+ affirmative relationships and sex education […]

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    The current constitutional crisis is neither uniquely British nor uniquely about where sovereignty lies

The current constitutional crisis is neither uniquely British nor uniquely about where sovereignty lies

While the Supreme Court has signalled its determination to defend established constitutional principles in the prorogation case, a problem underlying recent crises is the idea of national sovereignty, argues Marinos Diamantides. This idea is at odds with the reality of governing nation-states.

Secular liberal constitutionalism rests on postulates replete with inevitable contradictions and paradoxes. Thus, in the UK the rule […]

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    Supreme Court judgment: in law, reason still matters, facts are relevant, and nonsense doesn’t work

Supreme Court judgment: in law, reason still matters, facts are relevant, and nonsense doesn’t work

The Supreme Court decision is a telling illustration of why all populist authoritarians need to dismantle the independent judiciary, writes Conor Gearty. He discusses the importance of the case.

Without question, the Supreme Court decision on prorogation is the finest moment in the annals of the UK’s judicial history. Building on the work of their Scottish colleagues, the Court has […]

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    Religious diversity in the workplace: the case for alternative dispute resolution

Religious diversity in the workplace: the case for alternative dispute resolution

Élise Rouméas uses a recent court case involving an NHS nurse being dismissed for proselytising religious views to explain why the matter could have been handled differently. Specifically, she argues that cases such as this illustrate how alternative dispute resolution ought to be seen as a desirable complement to the rule of law rather than a cheaper alternative.

In 2016, […]

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    Domestic Abuse Bill: government policy on economic abuse is inconsistent

Domestic Abuse Bill: government policy on economic abuse is inconsistent

Marilyn Howard explains why the proposed statutory definition of domestic abuse, which includes economic abuse, is incompatible with how the latter is facilitated through another government policy – Universal Credit.

In her final days in office, former Prime Minister Theresa May introduced the Domestic Abuse Bill into the House of Commons. The Bill includes a new statutory definition of domestic […]

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    Politicising and degendering women’s part-time work: evidence from Norway

Politicising and degendering women’s part-time work: evidence from Norway

Anne Lise Ellingsæter and Ragnhild Steen Jensen explain how society’s perceptions of the nature and desirability of women’s part-time work are changing. They draw evidence from Norway and consider the implications for other countries.

Part-time work is generally associated with women and as being a way of helping mothers balance work and family life. However, the role of part-time work […]

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    Abortion law reform in Northern Ireland: celebrations and cautions

Abortion law reform in Northern Ireland: celebrations and cautions

Fran Amery offers an overview of the recent amendment to liberalise abortion law in Northern Ireland and explains why, despite there still being ways that change could be blocked, the development shows the strength of feeling about this issue in Parliament.

On 9 July, an amendment was successfully attached to the government’s Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill requiring the government […]

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    Egg freezing: the case for extending the (arbitrary) ten-year storage limit

Egg freezing: the case for extending the (arbitrary) ten-year storage limit

Emily Jackson outlines the rules regulating egg freezing in the UK, and explains why the government should support a new Private Members Bill recently introduced in the Lords proposing to extend the current storage time limit.

It is easy to see the appeal of egg freezing for women who know that they want to have children in the future, […]