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 […]

User-led service providers need more support from the Government if its commitment to ‘independent living’ for disabled people is to be achieved

Many ‘vulnerable groups’ will be especially hard hit by public service budget cuts, none more so than disabled people. So an inquiry by the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee on Human Rights into the implementation of the right of disabled people to independent living is timely. Peter Beresford gave evidence to the inquiry and here discusses what more the government needs […]

Spending cuts will increase inequalities between women and men and may seriously harm the human rights of some women

James Harrison and Mary-Ann Stephenson recently launched a report that assessed the impact of the public spending cuts on women. Coventry was used as a case study but the findings are applicable to the whole of the UK; namely that the spending cuts will increase inequalities between women and men and may seriously damage the human rights of some women. […]

Book Review: The Development of British Defence Policy: Blair, Brown and Beyond

Matthew Partridge reviews an edited collection of works set to be a fixture on the reading lists of those studying British foreign policy. The Development of British Defence Policy: Blair, Brown and Beyond. Edited by David Brown. Ashgate. August 2010. Find this book at: Google Books Amazon LSE Library An inexperienced leader comes to power in an election where the […]

The Commission looking into the possibility of a British bill of rights is supposed to support diversity and inclusivity, but is fatally compromised by its narrow membership base

As debates on the role of the European Court of Human Rights in UK society continue, Nick Clegg and Ken Clarke have recently launched a Commission to look at the possibility for a UK Bill of Rights. Conor Gearty writes that despite its apparent ‘independence’, the Commission is weakened by its own obvious lack of diversity.

Recent actions in Libya show that ‘liberal interventionism’ to support the human rights of civilians is not exempt from politics

Recent actions by NATO in Libya seem to some to represent a new ‘liberal interventionism’,  and has stared debates about different countries’ levels of involvement, especially after the recent withdrawal of US air power. Chris Brown finds that against this background  the Western intervention in Libya, ostensibly to protect civilians and their human rights, is an unavoidably political one. When, […]