January 31, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
The Maine Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a school violated Maine's Human Rights Act when it refused to allow a transgender fifth-grader, Nicole Maines, to use the girls' bathroom. Maines had been using the girls' bathroom throughout elementary school until the family of another student ...[read more]
October 16, 2012
by Blake Lynch
UK Home Secretary Theresa May announced Tuesday to the House of Commons that she would block the US extradition of British computer hacker, Gary McKinnon. Relying on Article 3 of the Human Rights Act concerning prohibition of torture, May announced she would stop McKinnon's extradition. May's ...[read more]
November 15, 2011
by Drew Singer
The Scottish Human Rights Commission on Monday condemned plans for a UK Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights would replace the UK Human Rights Act, but Commission leader Alan Miller said the new legislation would weaken civil liberties rather than protect them. Instead, he argued, the UK should ...[read more]
September 2, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On September 2, 2009, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Canada's Internet Hate Speech law unconstitutionally violated the right to free expression. The law, section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, proscribed individuals or groups from "communicattelephonically or to cause to be so ...[read more]
June 30, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 30, 2010, the UK Supreme Court ruled that the 1998 Human Rights Act, which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into UK law, does not apply to armed forces on foreign soil and that a soldier's family does not have an automatic right to an investigation into cause of ...[read more]
May 24, 2011
by Zach Zagger
The Egyptian prosecutor general said Tuesday that former president Hosni Mubarak will be put on trial and could face the death penalty for conspiring to kill protesters during demonstrations in Egypt early this year and for other corruption charges. However, many are still skeptical that Mubarak ...[read more]
May 18, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On May 18, 2009, the England and Wales Court of Appeal ruled that the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) applies to UK troops serving abroad. The court found that the UK's obligation under the Human Rights Act of 1998, which implemented the ECHR in the UK, extended in some cases beyond ...[read more]
April 10, 2011
by Adrienne Lester
JURIST Guest Columnist Richard Edwards of the University of the West of England Bristol Law School says that the United Kingdom faces a constitutional crisis over the disenfranchisement of prisoners, which raises further questions about its relationship with Europe and the Human Rights Act.... ...[read more]
June 30, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The UK Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the 1998 Human Rights Act, which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into English law, does not apply to armed forces on foreign soil and that a soldier's family does not have an automatic right to an investigation into cause of ...[read more]
May 18, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The UK coalition government will review the country's Human Rights Act after two Pakistani terror suspects successfully avoided deportation by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission due to concerns for their safety. The commission identified both Abid Naseer and Ahmed Faraz Khan as terrorism... ...[read more]

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