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Oxford Human Rights Hub
March 2015
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The promise of spring has led to a frenzy of activity here in Oxford. As you will see from our members’ publications section, many from our community have released new publications this month. We also welcomed Prof Jill Marshall to present on Human Rights and Human Identity; and partnered with OPBP and OLA to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust in the Great Legal Bake.

Our Deputy Directors, Associate-Directors and I have also been delighted to participate in several important events. Here are a few of the highlights:

We have also welcomed two new Associate Directors, Dr Tarun Khaitan and Max Harris. We look forward to working closely with them to help expand our network and activities.

Warm regards,
Sandy Fredman
OxHRH Director

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Woman and poverty working paper series
The OxHRH is pleased to announce the publication of its first working paper series based on our conference Women and Poverty: A Human Rights Perspective, held in Rwanda in 2014.

This six-paper series highlights complex issues surrounding women’s poverty, with a specific focus on East Africa. Contributors include the Chief Justice of Rwanda, Sam Rugege; Prof Sandra Fredman (Oxford University, OxHRH Director); Dr Jeni Klugman (Kennedy School, Harvard University) and Sarah Twigg (IFC Consultant); Dr Juliana Masabo (University of Dar es Salaam); Dr Pamela Abbott (University of Aberdeen) and Dixon Malunda (Institute for Policy and Analysis, Rwanda) and Tabeth Masengu (University of Cape Town).
Whats new on the blog
A Watershed Case for African Human Rights: Mtikila and others v. Tanzania
Oliver Windridge
17 02 2015

A watershed moment for the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights as it considers its first case on the merits.

  Whole Life Sentences in Hutchinson v UK – Compromise or Concession?
Natasha Holcroft-Emmes
05 02 2015

The ECtHR again addressed the vexed question of the compatibility of whole life sentences with human rights law.

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Towards the Abolition of the Detention of Immigrant Children?
Holly Buick
17 02 2015

In its recent Advisory Opinion 21/14, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) adopts a firm position against the detention of children during immigration proceedings.

  The Geography of International Law and the Cyber Domain
Louise Arimatsu
15 02 2015

As societies become increasingly networked, will States feel the need to re-evaluate the scope of their IHRL obligations?

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Supreme Court of Canada Strikes Down Ban on Physician Assisted Death
Jennifer Koshan
16 02 2015

In a landmark decision, on February 6, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously struck down the criminal prohibition against physician assisted death (PAD) in Carter v Canada.

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Hart Publishing Titles
Human Rights Acts
The Mechanisms Compared Kris Gledhill

Human Rights in Northern Ireland
The Committee on the Administration of Justice Handbook
Edited by Brice Dickson and Brian Gormally
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Call for Papers
Children’s Rights in Fragile Contexts: Exploring Theoretical and Methodological Research Challenges - paper proposals welcomed from doctoral and early career researchers by 13 March 2015.
OxHRH Seminar Series
Is a Business and Human Rights Treaty Necessary?
Prof David Bilchitz (University of Johannesburg) argues that a legally binding instrument relating to transnational corporations and other business enterprises and human rights is necessary to cure important lacunae in international law.
Date: 10 March 2015
Time: 1pm
Venue:  Law Boardroom, Law Faculty, University of Oxford
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The 30th Anniversary of Canadian Equality Rights: W(h)ither Sex Equality?
Prof Donna Greschner (University of Victoria) will examine key features of the Supreme Court of Canada’s equality jurisprudence. Over the past thirty years, the potential to use Charter rights effectively in promoting substantive equality for women has diminished. Is there any way out of the ever-narrowing doctrinal cage?
Date: 27 March 2015
Time: 1pm
Venue:  Senior Common Room, Law Faculty, University of Oxford
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Members events
Enemies of the State: Curtailing Citizenship Rights as Counter-terrorism
The Migration, Citizenship and Justice Research Stream welcomes Professor Lucia Zedner and respondent, Mathew Gibney, to talk on ‘Enemies of the State: Curtailing Citizenship Rights as Counter-terrorism’.
Date: 9th March 2015
Time: 1pm
Venue:  Criminology Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, University of Oxford, OX13UQ
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Members publications
There have been a number of publications by the OxHRH team and its members this month. Here are a few of the highlights:
1. Migrants at Work (C Costello and M Freedland (eds), Hart 2015) including a chapter by S Fredman on Migrant Domestic Workers. A podcast of the workshop held in order to mark the launch can be found here.
2. The Autonomy of Labour Law (A Bogg, C Costello, ACL Davies, J Prassl (eds), Hart 2015) including a chapter by S Fredman ‘Equality Law: Labour Law or an Autonomous Field’. Read more.
3. Parliaments and Human Rights: Redressing the Democratic Deficit (M Murray, H Hooper and P Yowell (eds), Hart 2015) including chapters by S Fredman on ‘From Dialogue to Deliberation: Human Rights Adjudication and Prisoners’ Rights to Vote’ and L Lazarus & N Simonsen on ‘Judicial Review and Parliamentary Debate: Enriching the Doctrine of Due Deference’. Read more.
4. The Right to Work (V Mantouvalou (ed), Hart 2015) Read more.
5. M Harris ‘The Role of a Judge’s Clerk in the Supreme Court of New Zealand: A “Worm’s Eye” View’ in A Stockley and M Littlewood (eds) The New Zealand Supreme Court: The First Ten Years (LexisNexis 2015).
6. L Lazarus ‘The Right to Security’ in R Cruft, M Liao and M Renzo The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights (OUP 2015). Read more.
7. A Remiche ‘When Judging in Power: A Gender Perspective on the French and American Judiciaries’ (2015) 3(1) Journal of Law and Courts 95.
8. N Ghanea ‘The Enigma of Human Rights Responsibilities: Religious Minorities and the UN Minorities Declaration’ in U Caruso and R Hofmann (eds), The United Nations Declaration on Minorities, An Academic Account on the Occasion of its 20th Anniversary (Brill 2015).
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