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We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.

Nelson Mandela,
Inaugural Address, Pretoria 9 May 1994.


The Criminalization of Protests: Repression and Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela - Manuel Casas writes: In Venezuela, anti-government protests are being brutally repressed; many demonstrators have been jailed, with some believed to have been tortured. On February 12, 2014, university students opposed to the current government carried out a rally a Caracas.  This date was purposely chosen for the rally because February 12th is Youth Day in Venezuela.  Youth Day [...]

CJEU Holds the Data Retention Directive Invalid - Menelaos Markakis writes: In joined cases C-293/12 and C-594/12, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Directive 2006/24/EC on the retention of data by service providers for the purposes of investigating, detecting and prosecuting serious crime was invalid. There was a disproportionate interference with the right to respect for private life and with the right to [...]

Perpetual Life Sentences, Reformation and the Indian Supreme Court - A.S. Vishwajith writes: It is trite to say, or so we hope, that a retributive criminal justice system has no place in a society conceived from the idea that human rights in general, and human dignity in particular, is of paramount importance. As civilized societies dedicated to democracy and constitutionalism, a system of reformative justice seems but natural. [...]

RMT v United Kingdom: Sympathy Strikes and the European Court of Human Rights - John Hendy QC and Michael Ford QC writes: In RMT v United Kingdom the European Court of Human Rights held that the ban on secondary action in the United Kingdom was a justified interference with the right to freedom of association in Article 11 of the ECHR. The RMT contended that its members employed by Hydrex were unable to take effective strike action [...]

P v Cheshire West and Chester Council: Shaping Deprivations of Liberty - Beth Grossman writes: The case of P v Cheshire West and Chester Council considered whether living arrangements for mentally incapacitated people necessarily constitute a deprivation of their liberty. Its significance lies in the fact that, where such a deprivation is found, deprivation of liberty safeguards (“DOLS”) must be put in place. DOLS are intended to ensure that individuals [...]

50 Years Later, Still in Search of Truth: Challenges Facing Truth Commissions in Brazil - Renan Honorius Quinalha writes: On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the military coup, which initiated the latest and the longest Brazilian dictatorship (1964-1985), the statements of the retired Army Colonel, Paulo Malhães, at a public hearing of the National Truth Commission (the “CNV”) held on March 25th, shocked the Brazilian public. “I killed as many people as [...]

Sex Workers Equally Protected from Sexual Harassment as Other Workers – Says New Zealand Case - Max Harris writes: In 2003, New Zealand decriminalised sex work and established a system of safeguards for those engaged in such work through the Prostitution Reform Act.  Just over a decade later, the first major case has been heard highlighting some of the benefits of this regime.  The case is called DML v Montgomery and M & T [...]

United Nations Human Rights Council: Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea - James Lewis and Lillian Li writes: On 26 March 2014 the United Nations Human Rights Council (“HRC”) passed a Resolution ‘condemning in the strongest terms’ the continuing violation of human rights and calling for the referral of a wide catalogue of human rights abuses by the Democratic Republic of Korea (“DPRK”) to the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) for investigation (“Resolution”).  The [...]

Cheshire West and the Repugnant Conclusion - Simon Burrows writes: The Supreme Court’s judgment(s) in Cheshire West [2014] UKSC 19 stirred up the expected storm. By siding with the approach urged upon it by the Official Solicitor, the Court has inevitably increased the numbers who will fall within the category of persons “deprived of their liberty”. Not only will this increase the numbers of people [...]

Why the U.S. Needs a Magnitsky Act for Venezuela - Ezequiel Vazquez-Ger writes: It has been a month since the Venezuelan people took to the streets to protest against the precarious situation in which the country is currently living. According to the UN Human Development Index, the murder rate in the country is the fifth highest in the world; annual inflation rates are currently over 50 percent. Furthermore, [...]

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The Human Rights Law Centre Summer School on the Rights of the Child

The Human Rights Law Centre Summer School on the Rights of the Child will run from 23 to 27 June 2014 […]

Statelessness and International Law: Refugee Studies Centre Short Course

Dates: 17–18 May 2014

Location: Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB, UK


The issue of statelessness has risen considerably on the agenda of the United Nations, regional institutions, governments and civil society […]

Fundamental Rights In Europe: A Matter For Two Courts - Friday 13 June 2014, Council of Europe, Strasbourg

Under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland

This event aims at disseminating research findings based on two projects:

  • A British Academy study entitled Reflections on the Architecture of the European Union after the Treaty of Lisbon: The European Approach to Fundamental Rights
  • Conference’s Research Findings […]

Law Society Advisory Group launches report on business and human rights

The Law Society of England and Wales recently launched a report from its practitioners’ advisory group established to consult the legal sector on issues around business and human rights […]

Conference: The UK and European Human Rights: A Strained Relationship?

Centre for European Law and Internationalisation

The UK and European Human Rights: A Strained Relationship?

College Court, Leicester, 23-24 May 2014

This two-day conference will focus upon the topical and contentious issue of the relationship between the UK and the European systems for the protection of human rights […]

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SAJAP Receives Grant Support from the World Justice Project

The Southern African Judicial Assistance Project (SAJAP) between the Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP), University of Oxford and the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU), University of Cape Town has been awarded a grant by the World Justice Project for supporting the national judges in the Southern African region […]

Prof Fredman helps launch 'Transformative constitutionalism' in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Prof Fredman, Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, presented at the launch of the book 'Transformative constitutionalism' on 14th March 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The launch event was hosted by GV and Conectas Human Rights LAW […]

Oxford Human Rights Hub Feedback Survey

The OxHRH has put together a very short feedback survey to try and gauge views and opinions on different aspects of its work […]

Prof Fredman attends Gender Mainstreaming Workshop at the Rights of Women at Work Clinic at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

On Thursday, the 20th of February, the Rights of Women at Work Clinic at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem held a workshop on gender mainstreaming, with representatives from civil rights organisations and academia, including Prof Sandra Fredman, Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub at the Oxford Faculty of Law […]

New publication: Human Dignity, 'Unfair Discrimination' and Guidance (2014) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming)

OxHRH founding Editor and Administrator, Chris McConnachie, has recently published 'Human Dignity, ‘Unfair Discrimination’ and Guidance' (2014) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming) […]

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