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Sanctions, Benefits, and Big Data

A data analytics company collects a variety of information about individuals in New York City, including demographic data, court records, employment status, education level, age, and any history of interaction with the foster care system or use of homeless shelters (acquired from New York’s Department of Homeless Services). Show More Summary

Human rights: a reality check

Most law undergraduates are familiar with Jeremy Bentham’s dismissal of natural rights as “nonsense on stilts”.  This is a slight misrepresentation of what he said, which was that “Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense — nonsense upon stilts“. But let’s take the stilts away and consider rights in their ordinary […]

Five Things You Can Do to Help Children in Crisis

More than 1 in 10 of the world's children live in places affected by armed conflict.

For-Profit Companies Are Helping to Put People In Jail for Being Poor. I Should Know, I Was One of Them.

In December, I was jailed for five days simply because I couldn't afford to pay $838 in traffic fines and fees to DeKalb County and a private probation company called Judicial Correction Services, Inc. It sounds unbelievable, but that's...Show More Summary

Exporting Financial Instability

  (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) Activists wave Malaysian flags during a protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's Malaysia visit, outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, April 25, 2014.  T he late Dr. Show More Summary

What price liberty? Damages, DOLS and a cat named Fluffy

On 7 January 2015 District Judge Mort of the Court of Protection approved a £60,000 settlement agreement reached between Essex County Council and Mr P ([2015] EWCOP 1). For a discussion of the case generally see Rosalind English’s post here. With a significant backlog of care home cases in the Court of Protection, P’s case […]

No, Senator, You Can’t Have the Torture Report Back

The new chairman of a powerful Senate committee wants to ensure that the full Senate torture report, the executive summary of which was released in December last year, never sees the light of day. And he may be getting help from the CIA. Sen. Show More Summary

Labor at a Crossroads: The Seeds of a New Movement

This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. We republish it here as part of "American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies," a conference presented on January 15, 2015, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The American Prospect. Show More Summary

“Author Perumal Murugan is dead.”

The conflict between respect for faith and freedom of expression has been a hot topic in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks. But somehow the story of Tamil writer Perumal Murugan hasn’t made much of an impression outside of India. Earlier this month, … Continue reading ?

Cause for Optimism During Weeks of Tragedy for the Trans Community

It seems basic enough to ask that one be treated like a human being – that a person’s dignity be honored in life and death. But tragically for too many transgender people that is still a far off dream. The past few weeks have witnessed another series of horrors for the transgender community. Show More Summary

Catch-33: Stringent documentary requirements upheld for legal aid in domestic violence cases- Vanessa Long and Adam Smith

R (on the application of Rights of Women) v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWHC 35 (Admin) – read judgment Neil Sheldon and Alasdair Henderson (instructed by The Treasury Solicitor) acted for the Defendant in this case. They have nothing to do with the writing of this post. The campaign group Rights of Women […]

Acquitted defendants costs regime not incompatible with ECHR

R (o.t.a Henderson) v. Secretary of State for Justice, Divisional Court, 27 January 2015 – judgment  here The Court (Burnett LJ giving the sole judgment) has ruled on whether the statutory changes made to the ability of acquitted defendants in the Crown Court to recover their costs from central funds are compatible with the ECHR.  […]

DEA Planned to Monitor Gun Show Attendees With License Plate Readers, New Emails Reveal

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives collaborated on plans to monitor gun show attendees using automatic license plate readers, according to a newly disclosed DEA email obtained...Show More Summary

Planned to Monitor

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives collaborated on plans to monitor gun show attendees using automatic license plate readers, according to a newly disclosed DEA email obtained...Show More Summary

Floods in Malawi Force Thousands of Families from Their Homes

Heavy rains have displaced 121,000 people, more than half of them children.

First, Stop The Self-Flagellation: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century

  (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Stephen Carr) Local 63 ILWU members form a picket line in the Port of Long Beach, California, on Friday July 9, 2010. Striking clerical workers at the nation's busiest port complex expanded their...Show More Summary

'Housing First' Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues

  (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie) Andre Stokes, who is homeless, tries to stay warm in a shelter he built in downtown El Paso Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Temperatures were in the 30s, which is unusual for the El Paso area.  I...Show More Summary

Introducing… the Human Rights Information Project

Some exciting news. I have a new project. The aim is to change the face of human rights. I am looking for a paid Researcher/Project Coordinator to help me build it. Interested? Click here for the job description and how to apply (PDF). As readers of this blog will know, I often complain about bad human rights journalism. But inadequate reporting is a […]

FOIA Documents Reveal Massive DEA Program to Record American’s Whereabouts With License Plate Readers

The Drug Enforcement Administration has initiated a massive national license plate reader program with major civil liberties concerns but disclosed very few details, according to new DEA documents obtained by the ACLU through the Freedom...Show More Summary

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