On the power of Big Tech to shape politics and culture, and its ethical problems

Introduction Fake news on the internet and how to counter it, has been a frequently debated subject in the past years. Most governments’ strategies involve cooperation with social media platforms to stop fake news and disinformation. It is not always clear what this cooperation entails, given that the specific algorithms that social media platforms use … Continue reading On the power of Big Tech to shape politics and culture, and its ethical problems

Freedom of religion during the pandemic: France and Belgium in search of consistency, by Romain Mertens

Since the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak in 2020, States have adopted stringent measures to curb the virus’s propagation. These measures include limitations of freedom of religion. On request of Governments, churches, mosques and synagogues ceased to hold ceremonies or limited the number of believers allowed. While the judicial procedures raised by the British Government’s guidance were rejected, the … Continue reading Freedom of religion during the pandemic: France and Belgium in search of consistency, by Romain Mertens

The Regulation of Hate Speech Online and its Enforcement in a Comparative Perspective

Call for Papers for the British Association of Comparative Law’s Annual Seminar Regulators around the world are grappling with the problem of hate speech online. Definitions of hate speech, the appropriate balance between regulation and freedom of expression, and the mode of regulation adopted, vary considerably across jurisdictions with distinct media and socio-political environments. The … Continue reading The Regulation of Hate Speech Online and its Enforcement in a Comparative Perspective

CALL FOR BLOG POSTS – REGULATION OF FAKE NEWS AND ITS ENFORCEMENT

The British Association of Comparative Law (BACL) invites submissions for its blog on the theme “The regulation of fake news and its enforcement” (click here for BACL blog). Fake news has been brought to prominent attention with recent election campaigns such as the presidential electoral campaign in the USA in 2016 and again in 2020, … Continue reading CALL FOR BLOG POSTS – REGULATION OF FAKE NEWS AND ITS ENFORCEMENT

Engagement Between Legal Orders in the Context of Socio-Economic Rights

Introductory Remarks The protection of socio-economic rights has been lagging behind the protection of civil and political rights at both the national and international levels for many years. This paradox has not been fully resolved yet, despite the relevance of socio-economic rights to the world today. Against this background, my research focuses on socio-economic rights, … Continue reading Engagement Between Legal Orders in the Context of Socio-Economic Rights

Far from unprecedented? The rationing of healthcare in Italy and the UK during the Covid-19 emergency: a human rights analysis

‘In each case a choice has to be made and, in making it, it is necessary to consider the needs of more than one person.’ UCL Hospitals NHS FT v MB (Rev 1) (2020) EWHC (QB) 882 There is little new to be seen within the current pandemic crisis across Europe: various human tragedies continue … Continue reading Far from unprecedented? The rationing of healthcare in Italy and the UK during the Covid-19 emergency: a human rights analysis

The ‘Tinkerbell moment”: why we should care about Comparative Human Rights Law

The human rights contestations facing courts in different jurisdictions are remarkably similar. Does the death penalty breach human rights? Does freedom of speech include racist speech? What are the appropriate limits of freedom of religion? Is there a right to health? On the one hand, the shared language of human rights suggests that there should … Continue reading The ‘Tinkerbell moment”: why we should care about Comparative Human Rights Law

NEW PUBLICATION: Hélène Tyrrell, Human Rights in the UK and the Influence of Foreign Jurisprudence (Hart 2018)

Human Rights in the UK and the Influence of Foreign Jurisprudence sits in Hart’s ‘Studies in Comparative Public Law’ series, which includes two closely related works: The Use of Foreign Precedents by Constitutional Judges by Tania Groppi and Marie-Claire Ponthoreau; and Judicial Decision-Making in a Globalised World: A Comparative Analysis of the Changing Practices of … Continue reading NEW PUBLICATION: Hélène Tyrrell, Human Rights in the UK and the Influence of Foreign Jurisprudence (Hart 2018)

Merris Amos – Brexit led tinkering with the UK human rights machine: minor adjustment or damaging blow?

Introduction For supporters of the broadest possible reach of human rights law these are troubled times. But for the comparative law scholar these are also very interesting times. Proponents of a ‘hard’ Brexit are trying to expel an entire corpus of law from our legal system whilst simultaneously the Government is trying to negotiate various … Continue reading Merris Amos – Brexit led tinkering with the UK human rights machine: minor adjustment or damaging blow?