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    Police lethal force and the need for global monitoring

    On 13th May 2024, a new internet resource was launched to support global monitoring of police lethal force. The Monitoring Lethal Force website is intended to bolster global mechanisms of...

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    Posted by ccld201 on 13 June 2024


    France makes abortion constitutional right, by Erin Daly

    On March 4th, France became the first country in the world to protect a woman’s right to abortion explicitly in the text of the Constitution. By an extraordinarily lopsided margin...

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    Posted by ccld201 on 13 March 2024


    Preventing AI Sexual Abuse by Suppressing Nudification Tools, by Courtney Jones

    If not carefully regulated, the rapid development and proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) is set to pose a significant threat to the dignity of women. The New York Post reported...

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    Posted by ccld201 on 4 March 2024


    Human dignity for clones? Expanding humanity and reflecting on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, By Stephanie Hughes

    Human dignity is underpinned by the early philosophical notions of equality, humanity, and reciprocity[1] and is regularly interpreted by judges in connection with other human rights.[2] European Union (EU) law...

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    Posted by ccld201 on 21 February 2024


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    New Working Paper Published on International Law in Human Rights cases before the UK Supreme Court

    Christine Bicknell has published a working paper with Exeter Centre for International Law entitled ‘International Law in Human Rights cases before the UK Supreme Court’. The paper’s abstract: This paper...

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    Posted by cb683 on 24 January 2024


    Legal Developments Emphasizing Human Dignity in the African Anti-Sodomy Law Framework: So Close but Not Far Enough, by Ayobami Ruth Olufemi-White

    Modern courts often invoke dignity when delineating the limits of government power.[1] A unique manifestation of this is the defence of the dignity of LGBTQIA individuals despite the existence of...

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    Posted by ccld201 on 15 December 2023


    Gaza 2023: An attack on human dignity and international law, by Laurence Wilson, PhD Exeter University, LLM Essex University

    The crisis in Gaza post-October 7, 2023, has brought to the fore serious concerns about human dignity, human rights and the overall adherence to international law. The situation underscores that...

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    Posted by ccld201 on 13 December 2023


    Where fiction meets reality – the dignity of women: The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, by Rachael Wyborn

    Set in a dystopian near-future, where environmental disaster causes escalating infertility in society, the few remaining fertile women are forcibly assigned to produce children for the ruling class of “Commanders”....

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    Posted by ccld201 on 6 November 2023


    Hungary: Farewell to constitutional democracy and to one of its designers, by Gabor Halmai

    László Sólyom (1942-2023), the founding President of the Hungarian Constitutional Court, later also the President of the Republic of Hungary (2005-2010), died on 8 October at the age of 81....

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    Posted by ccld201 on 30 October 2023


    Braverman’s ‘crisis’, LGBTQIA+ refugees, and the mischaracterisation of law, by Raawiyah Rifath

    The UK Home Secretary’s recent narrative relating to asylum seekers is harmful, concerning, and could be another attempt (following the Illegal Migration Act 2023 (IMA 2023)) to foreground intentions to...

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    Posted by ccld201 on 4 October 2023


    Legal sex status: the attitudes of non-binary people towards reform in England and Wales, by Mollie Gascoigne

    Human rights actors are increasingly highlighting the negative impact that legal non-recognition has on non-binary communities. However, the possibilities for, and implications of, various reform options in England and Wales...

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    Posted by ccld201 on 4 October 2023


    What does it mean to be human in a legal context? by Catherine Dupre (The Guardian, March 2011)

    Everyone wants their dignity respected and protected. We understand this concept intuitively. But what does dignity mean for law and human rights? In The Guardian, Catherine Dupre reflects on the...

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    Posted by ccld201 on 31 August 2023


    Laws born out of trauma: in defence of the EU’ s conception of human rights by Catherine Dupre (May 2016)

    In this LSE Brexit blog post, Catherine Dupre explains the significance of human dignity for the European Union where it is recognised as the first foundational value of the EU (article...

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    Posted by Mark on 30 August 2023