Research Handbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights

Jackie Dugard, Bruce Porter, Daniela Ikawa, Lilian Chenwi (2020)

Edward Elgar Publishing

This Research Handbook combines practitioner and academic perspectives to provide a comprehensive, cutting edge analysis of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), as well as the connection between ESCR and other rights. Offering an authoritative analysis of standards and jurisprudence, it argues for an expansive and inclusive approach to ESCR as human rights. Expert contributors […]

Picture of Jill Berrick The Ultimate Denial of Children’s Rights

BLOG: Voices in the US are advocating to abolish child welfare. This is a dangerous and irresponsible suggestion. Blogpost by Jill D. Berrick, Professor II at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism and Professor at UC Berkeley. Calls to address longstanding racial injustice in the U.S. came to a fevered pitch in May, 2020, […]

Irene Maffi: Abortion in Post-revolutionary Tunisia: Politics, Medicine and Morality

Irene Maffi (2020)

New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books

After the revolution of 2011, the electoral victory of the Islamist party ‘Ennahdha’ allowed previously silenced religious and conservative ideas about women’s right to abortion to be expressed. This also allowed healthcare providers in the public sector to refuse abortion and contraceptive care. This book explores the changes and continuity in the local discourses and […]

Silhouette of family on the beach at dusk. Family life for children in state care

Breen, C., Krutzinna, J., Luhamaa, K., & Skivenes, M. (2020)

NEW ARTICLE: Analysis shows that the status and respect of the child’s de facto family life is increasing. Societies have long accepted that parents can give up their children to be raised by others, so that de facto responsibility for a child is transferred from the birth parent(s) to another adult(s). However, when the State interferes with parents’ freedom […]

stressed teenage girl sitting at table on therapy session by female counselor writing in clipboard in office Children are not sufficiently involved

McEwan-Strand, A., & Skivenes, M (2020)

NEW ARTICLE: Many children are absent in the decision-maker’s justification and conclusion about adoption, finds Skivenes & McEwan-Strand. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989 (CRC) clarifies in Article 5 that states should ensure and protect children’s right to be involved in decisions that concern them, from the earliest possible […]

LGBT rights in Africa

Siri Gloppen and Lise Rakner (2020)

Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law. Edited by Chris Ashford and Alexander Maine

Across the African continent, homosexuality has since the late 1990s become an issue of political contestation and conflict. When Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe castigated the gay community in 1993, it marked the first incidence of contemporary politicized homophobia on the continent. This incident has been followed by numerous similar attacks, in Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ghana, […]

The quest for butterfly climate judging 

Catalina Vallejo and Siri Gloppen (2020)

In their new article, Catalina Vallejo and Siri Gloppen discuss how, with climate litigation, seemingly minor interventions in the legal realm can have a butterfly effect and generate major social and cultural transformations. To read the whole article, click here and follow OpenGlobalRights.  

The paradox of framing water as a human right in the United States: An analysis of power and resistance

Sabrina Kozikis and Inga T. Winkler (2020)

Journal of Human Rights

Many communities across the US struggle to access clean and affordable water. Authors examine civil society responses relying on “water as a human right” through case studies in California, Michigan, and the Appalachian Mountains. This trend presents a paradox, given that socio-economic rights are not perceived as relevant for domestic policy and are even met […]

The judicial manipulation trap: A historical analysis of the political control of the supreme court of Argentina

Castagnola A. (2020)

Revista Uruguaya de Ciencia Política

Comparative judicial politics has provided invaluable evidence about how the political context of Argentina has systematically affected the independence of its Supreme Court. However, it is still not clear why the manipulation of the court has emerged and persisted over time. The central argument is that the incentives of politicians have impeded the emergence of […]