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Human Rights Observatory
By James Cheshire, Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography, UCL
Rob Davidson, Postgraduate Researcher in Human Geography, UCL
In March 2020, the UK government’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, presented to the nation a graph showing “the shape of an epidemic”. The red line depicting the number of predicted COVID cases rose to a steep peak before falling again. Vallance explained that delaying and reducing the height of that peak was essential to ease the strain on Britain’s healthcare system. Boris Johnson, then prime minister, put it much more succinctly: “Squash that sombrero.”

In the two years that followed, both men must have…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Johny Daniel, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Durham University
Of the 1.5 million children in English schools identified for SEN services, only one in three – 0.5 million – were girls.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Chris Foye, Lecturer in Housing Economics, University of Reading
Edward Shepherd, Senior Lecturer in Planning and Development, Cardiff University
We must “bulldoze through” the planning system to “get Britain building again”. So said Sir Keir Starmer at the Labour party’s last annual conference. He argued it’s time to “fight the blockers” and build the 1.5 million homes that he thinks Britain needs.

But it is simplistic to lay all the blame on our “restrictive” planning system. Our researchThe Conversation (Full Story)

By Francesca Farrington, Lecturer in Commercial Law, University of Aberdeen
Justin Borg-Barthet, Professor of Private International Law and EU law, University of Aberdeen
Anti-SLAPP legislation is being drawn up to protect journalists from being hounded out of reporting on corruption – but agreeing on key definitions is proving difficult.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
The government will urgently legislate after the High Court on Tuesday outlined its reasons for its decision that indefinite immigration detention was unconstitutional.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Daniel Ghezelbash, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Law & Justice, UNSW Sydney
Anna Talbot, PhD Candidate, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney, UNSW Sydney
The High Court judges unanimously held that a person must be released from immigration detention where there is no real prospect of them being deported in the foreseeable future.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Gareth Dale, Reader in Political Economy, Brunel University London
Josh Moos, Lecturer in Economics and Politics, Leeds Beckett University
A flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel is making a trip across the Atlantic. But is it really a greener way to fly?The Conversation (Full Story)
By Amnesty International
Announcements by a number of European countries and the European Commission to restrict funding to Palestinian human rights organizations would further damage the European Union’s credibility as a self-proclaimed champion of human rights. Amnesty International and 95 other organizations have published a letter to the EU and member states expressing concern about the impact of […] The post European governments donors’ discriminatory funding restrictions to Palestinian civil society risk deepening human rights crisis appeared first on Amnesty International. ]]> (Full Story)
By Amnesty International
The Lebanese Parliament’s Administration and Justice Committee is on the verge of concluding discussions behind closed doors on a new media law that, if approved by the Parliament’s General Assembly in its current state, would severely curtail freedom of expression and press freedom in Lebanon and undermine crucial human rights safeguards, the Coalition to Defend […] The post Lebanon: Proposed media law poses grave threat to freedom of expression appeared first on Amnesty International. ]]> (Full Story)
By Peter Martin, Visiting Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
Sure, a good many of us don’t trust politicians – but surely politicians ought to trust politicians. History shows why they might one day need to overturn a Reserve Bank decision.The Conversation (Full Story)
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