Tag Archives: Human rights

Girl Least Likely

March 7, 2018

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Photo of woman eye and business city. Double exposure

For International Women’s Day, Susan Harris Rimmer reflects on her journey from rural Australia to international human rights lawyer.

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Competing with the Past: The Struggle for Truth in Northern Ireland

July 20, 2017

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Belfast Murals

Cheryl Lawther discusses Northern Ireland’s past and ways to move forward.

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Is China a welfare state?

July 17, 2017

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busy Shoppping Street in Shanghai, China

Beatriz Carrillo looks at the history and development of China’s welfare system.

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Juridification and Social Citizenship – by Henriette Sinding Aasen

September 30, 2014

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The law plays an important role in the administration of the modern welfare state. Henriette Sinding Aasen, Professor of Law at the University of Bergen, explains the effects juridification has on modern citizenship.*

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An atmospheric trust to protect the environment for future generations? Reforming global human rights law – by Peter Lawrence

May 1, 2014

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If we take seriously the principle of equality between persons and the importance of the environment for humanity’s collective prosperity, current generations have an ethical obligation to future generations to avoid actions which irreversibly damage the environment or the climate. This is the general argument underpinning Peter Lawrence’s forthcoming book, Justice for Future Generations: Climate Change and International Law (Edward Elgar, April 2014). To transfer this obligation into law, international human rights instruments, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, could be amended to create an ‘atmospheric trust’. This would position current governments as ‘trustees’, holding the environment ‘on trust’ for future generations, and requiring them to take into account the interests of future generations in dealings with the environment.

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