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The Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from across the globe to advance the understanding and protection of human rights and equality. Through the vigorous exchange of ideas and resources, we strive to facilitate a better understanding of human rights principles, to develop new approaches to policy, and to influence the development of human rights law and practice.

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The Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from across the globe to advance the understanding and protection of human rights and equality. Through the vigorous exchange of ideas and resources, we strive to facilitate a better understanding of human rights principles, to develop new approaches to policy, and to influence the development of human rights law and practice.

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The Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from across the globe to advance the understanding and protection of human rights and equality. Through the vigorous exchange of ideas and resources, we strive to facilitate a better understanding of human rights principles, to develop new approaches to policy, and to influence the development of human rights law and practice.

Rank #1: RightsUp - UK Supreme Court Rules in Brexit Case (with Alison Young)

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On 24 January 2017, the UK Supreme Court ruled in the case Miller and Dos Santos vs. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. The Court decided that the Government does not have a prerogative power to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Instead, an act of parliament will be needed to begin the process of the UK leaving the EU. In this episode, we bring back Professor Alison Young, an expert in constitutional law, to talk about the aftermath of this decision - what it means and what we can now expect from the Brexit process.

Join us in person or on Facebook Live tomorrow, 31 January, at 5:15 PM GMT, for a conversation on Brexit and human rights. Professor Alison Young will be discussing Brexit with Professors Paul Craig, Timothy Endicott, and Nick Barber.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann
Interview(s) with: Professor Alison Young
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

[Original release: 30 January 2017]

Jan 30 2017

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Rank #2: RightsUp #RightNow - Working Together: Human rights and the SDGs (Sandra Fredman)

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The United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. They aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all people. The goals provide policy objectives for countries to aspire to meet over a number of years. In this final episode of our SDG podcast series, we talk about how the Sustainable Development Goals and human rights can work together to achieve transformative change in the realm of gender equality. In order for the SDGs to be truly transformative for women, attention needs to be paid simultaneously to four dimensions of equality: first, redressing disadvantage; second, addressing stereotyping, stigma, prejudice and violence; third, facilitating voice and participation; and fourth, achieving systemic or institutional change. Professor Sandra Fredman (University of Oxford) talks about applying these dimensions of equality in her recent report for the British Academy on human rights, the SDGs, and gender equality.

This episode is part of a special series on “Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals,” a British Academy project led by Professor Sandy Fredman, Fellow of the British Academy and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of this project, the Academy convened a roundtable in January 2018 with academic experts, policymakers and practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss the ways in which human rights and developmental goals can work together to achieve the SDG agenda and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Interview with: Sandra Fredman (University of Oxford)
Produced by: Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

Jan 14 2019

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Rank #3: RightsUp - What to Expect When You're Expecting Brexit (with Alison Young)

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The UK Supreme Court is expected to deliver a decision on the case Miller and Dos Santos vs. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on January 24th. The question before the Supreme Court is whether the Government or parliament has the power to invoke Article 50 and start the process of the UK leaving the EU. In this episode, Dr Kira Allmann talks to Professor Alison Young about the case and its implications for Brexit.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann
Interview(s) with: Professor Alison Young
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

[Original release: 20 January 2017]

Jan 20 2017

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Rank #4: RightsUp - When Human Rights Are Not Enough: Defending the Rights of Nature (with Mari Margil)

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There is an unmistakable growing awareness of the ways in which our human lives and the environment are intertwined and interdependent. Unprecedented environmental degradation, resource depletion, and the looming reality of climate change have all drawn anxious attention to the human impact on the environment. Law is critically important here. Countries like Spain, France, Portugal, and Finland have already recognized a human right to a healthy environment. But some environmental advocates are arguing that this isn’t enough. We need to recognize the inherent rights of nature itself. In this episode, we discuss the limitations of human rights in confronting environmental harms and how we could realise the rights of nature.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Interview(s) with: Mari Margil (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

If you like this podcast, please consider making a donation to the Oxford Human Rights Hub to support the work we do to make human rights information more accessible: https://www.alumniweb.ox.ac.uk/law/donations/make-a-donation

Apr 10 2018

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Rank #5: RightsUp - A No-Man's Land of Justice: Holding Corporations Accountable (with Boni Meyersfeld)

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There are many ways in which private businesses hold financial and political power akin to states. They also commit violations and abuses of power akin to states. But are they held accountable in the same way that states are? This episode is all about whether corporations should have human rights obligations – should they be responsible for upholding and defending human rights the way that we expect governments to? We interview Boni Meyersfeld, Professor of Law at the University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, about corporate responsibility, gender inequality, and human rights in an age of globalization.

Interview with: Professor Boni Meyersfeld
Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

[Original release: 20 September 2017]

Sep 20 2017

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Rank #6: RightsUp #RightNow - Sustainable Development as a Human Right (with Olivier De Schutter)

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In September 2015, the UN adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all people. These are the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to be realised by 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals replace and build on the Millennium Development Goals, which were established in 2000 with targets set for 2015. The Sustainable Development Goals make some important changes to the development agenda, and one significant update is that they include an overt commitment to human rights for the first time. But how to integrate human rights into development agendas remains an open question. What will the relationship between human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals look like in practice?

This episode is part of a special series on “Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals” a British Academy project led by Professor Sandy Fredman, Fellow of the British Academy and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of this project, the Academy convened a roundtable in January 2018 with academic experts, policymakers and practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss the ways in which human rights and developmental goals can work together to achieve the SDG agenda and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment. Professor Olivier de Schutter participated in the discussion.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Interview(s) with: Olivier de Schutter (Université catholique de Louvain)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

If you like this podcast, please consider making a donation to the Oxford Human Rights Hub to support the work we do to make human rights information more accessible: https://www.alumniweb.ox.ac.uk/law/donations/make-a-donation

Mar 12 2018

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Rank #7: RightsUp #RightNow - Women, Poverty, Equality: The Role of CEDAW (with Meghan Campbell)

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In September 2015, the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all people. The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, have made an overt commitment to human rights as fundamental to the international development agenda. SDG Goal number 1 is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. And the targets specifically state that poverty must be eliminated for all men, women and children. But poverty affects these groups differently, and the causes of poverty for men, women, and children also differ. Empirical evidence tells us that women disproportionately live in poverty. So how do we tackle the gendered nature of poverty, when it seems to be missing from both development agendas and human rights frameworks?

This episode is part of a special series on “Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals,” a British Academy project led by Professor Sandy Fredman, Fellow of the British Academy and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of this project, the Academy convened a roundtable in January 2018 with academic experts, policymakers and practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss the ways in which human rights and developmental goals can work together to achieve the SDG agenda and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment. Meghan Campbell participated in the discussion.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Interview(s) with: Dr Meghan Campbell (University of Birmingham)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

If you like this podcast, please consider making a donation to the Oxford Human Rights Hub to support the work we do to make human rights information more accessible: www.alumniweb.ox.ac.uk/law/donations…ke-a-donation

Sep 07 2018

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Rank #8: RightsUp #RightNow - Poverty and Politics in the SDGs (with Philip Alston)

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Sustainable Development Goal 1 is to eliminate poverty in all its forms everywhere. Poverty stands in the way of people enjoying many of their basic human rights and it can also be the product of violations of certain rights, like the right to education. Tackling global poverty requires bridging questions of human rights law and economic development. In this episode Prof Philip Alston (UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights) talks about the challenges of using both human rights law and economic development agendas to address poverty.

This episode is part of a special series on “Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals,” a British Academy project led by Professor Sandy Fredman, Fellow of the British Academy and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of this project, the Academy convened a roundtable in January 2018 with academic experts, policymakers and practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss the ways in which human rights and developmental goals can work together to achieve the SDG agenda and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Interview with: Philip Alston (New York University)
Produced by: Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

Sep 28 2018

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Rank #9: RightsUp #RightNow - Female Genital Mutilation as a Question of Gender Equality (with Brenda Kelly)

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In September 2015, the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all people. For the first time, these goals explicitly aim to bring human rights and economic development into conversation with one another. There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be realised by 2030, each with their own targets. Goal number 5 is to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.’ One of the targets under Goal 5 is to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early, and forced marriage, and female genital mutilation, or FGM. In this episode, we talk with Brenda Kelly, a consultant obstetrician at the John Radcliffe Hospital and a founder of the Oxford Rose Clinic, which specialises in treating women and girls who have experienced FGM. Brenda shares her insights from working with FGM patients about how the law and medicine interact when it comes to achieving gender equality.

This episode is part of a special series on “Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals” a British Academy project led by Professor Sandy Fredman, Fellow of the British Academy and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of this project, the Academy convened a roundtable in January 2018 with academic experts, policymakers and practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss the ways in which human rights and developmental goals can work together to achieve the SDG agenda and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment. Brenda Kelly participated in the discussion.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Interview(s) with: Dr Brenda Kelly (John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

If you like this podcast, please consider making a donation to the Oxford Human Rights Hub to support the work we do to make human rights information more accessible: www.alumniweb.ox.ac.uk/law/donations…ke-a-donation

Jul 13 2018

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Rank #10: RightsUp - Comparative Human Rights Law Book Launch: Sandy Fredman Talks with Colm O'Cinneide

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This is a special episode of RightsUp, which takes Sandy Fredman’s new book, Comparative Human Rights Law, as a starting point for global conversation around the role of law, lawyers, courts, and judges in forwarding human rights in different contexts. Each episode will delve into the overarching themes of the book and highlight some specific examples from different jurisdictions -- on issues such as capital punishment, abortion, the right to housing, health, and education, and the right to freedom of speech and religion.

In this discussion, Sandy speaks with Colm O'Cinneide, a professor of human rights law at UCL, who also served on the member of the European Committee on Social Rights of the Council of Europe. They discuss the intersections between socio-economic rights and civil/political rights in the context of Europe.

Guests: Sandra Fredman and Colm O'Cinneide
Produced by: Kira Allmann
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

Dec 20 2019

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Rank #11: RightsUp - The Death Penalty in the Middle East and North Africa (with James Lynch)

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In the six years following the Arab Spring, there has been a notable increase in death sentences and executions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In this episode, we talk to James Lynch, Deputy Director of the Global Issues Programme at Amnesty International, about the death penalty in MENA countries, the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the prospects for abolition in the future.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann
Interview(s) with: James Lynch
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

[Original release: 10 February 2017]

Feb 10 2017

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Rank #12: RightsUp - 'I am not here to delight you': Indira Jaising and Gender Justice in India

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Episode 3 of RightsUp (released 08 July 2015)

Interviews with: Arushi Garg, Indira Jaising
Produced by: Kira Allmann, Max Harris, and Laura Hilly

Jan 03 2017

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Rank #13: RightsUp - Comparative Human Rights Law Book Launch: Sandy Fredman Talks with Justice Muralidhar

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This is a special episode of RightsUp, which takes Sandy Fredman’s new book, Comparative Human Rights Law, as a starting point for global conversation around the role of law, lawyers, courts, and judges in forwarding human rights in different contexts. Each episode will delve into the overarching themes of the book and highlight some specific examples from different jurisdictions -- on issues such as capital punishment, abortion, the right to housing, health, and education, and the right to freedom of speech and religion.

In this discussion, Sandy speaks with Justice S. Muralidhar, a judge on the High Court of Delhi, who has delivered judgments in some of the most important housing rights cases in India. They discuss a right to housing and the value of comparing how different legal systems deal with this issue.

Guests: Sandra Fredman and Justice S. Muralidhar
Produced by: Kira Allmann
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

Dec 13 2019

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Rank #14: RightsUp - Sex Education in UK Schools (with Meghan Campbell)

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RightsUp #RightNow is a series of mini episodes in the RightsUp podcast series that explores current events dealing with human rights issues.

On 11 January, members of a public bill committee in the UK parliament voted against an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill that would have made sex and relationship education compulsory in all schools. In this episode of RightsUp #RightNow, we talk to Dr. Meghan Campbell, deputy director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, about the implications of this decision and the need for a human rights based approach to sex education.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann
Interview(s) with: Dr Meghan Campbell
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

[Original release: 16 January 2017]

Jan 16 2017

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Rank #15: RightsUp - A Precarious Future? Examining the UK Human Rights Act (with Sir Keir Starmer)

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The Human Rights Act incorporated the rights guaranteed in the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law. In this episode, we look at the Human Rights Act in a past interview with Sir Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn and St. Pancras, currently Shadow Brexit Secretary, and former Director of Public Prosecutions for the Crown Prosecution Service.

Interview(s) with: Sir Keir Starmer, MP
Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

Apr 24 2017

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The Voice of Hong Kong in Exile (with Nathan Law)

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During the Umbrella Movement in 2014, Nathan Law was one of the five representatives who took part in the dialogue with the Government debating political reform. Upholding non-violent civic actions, Nathan, Joshua Wong and other student leaders founded Demosistō in 2016 and ran for the Legislative Council election. Nathan was elected and became the youngest Legislative Counsellor in history. Yet, his seat was overturned in July 2017 following Beijing’s constitutional reinterpretation. Nathan was later jailed for his participation in the Umbrella Movement. Due to the risk imposed by the draconian National Security Law, Nathan left Hong Kong and continues to speak up for Hong Kong people on the international level. In this episode, we speak to Nathan about Hong Kong's struggle for democracy and the relationship between democracy and human rights.

Executive Producer: Kira Allmann
Produced by: Sandra Fredman and Mónica Arango Olaya
Edited by: Christy Callaway-Gale
Hosted by: Mónica Arango Olaya
Music by: Rosemary Allmann
Show Notes by: Sarah Dobbie
Thanks to: Meghan Campbell, Gauri Pillai, Natasha Holcroft-Emmess

A full transcript of this podcast is available on our website:http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/media/

Oct 16 2020

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The Transformative Possibilities of a Constitution (with Joel Modiri and Gautam Bhatia)

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Constitutions are the legal bedrock of many countries, but they're also political, and are produced within a specific socio-historical context, much like any text. As much as Constitutions are there to protect citizens, they can also exclude certain groups of people. And when a Constitution doesn't work for all, how do we best address this? To what extent can we reinterpret a Constitution so it's more inclusive? And when do we need to start again, from scratch? In this episode, Gautam Bhatia and Joel Modiri discuss these questions in the context of India and South Africa.

Transcript available: http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/media/the-transformative-possibilities-of-a-constitution-with-joel-modiri-and-gautam-bhatia/

Interview with: Gautam Bhatia and Dr Joel Modiri
Recorded by: Nomfundo Ramalekana
Produced and edited by: Christy Callaway-Gale
Executive producer: Kira Allmann
Shownotes: Sarah Dobbie
Music: Rosemary Allmann

Sep 25 2020

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How Our Clicks Cost the Planet: The Internet, Climate Change, and Human Rights (with Michael Oghia)

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Covid-19 lockdowns worldwide have forced huge portions of our lives online, from education to work, with important human rights ramifications. But there's an argument to be made that the Covid-19 lockdown has been good for the environment. there have been reports of lower levels of littering and urban pollution. As humans withdrew from public spaces, some native wildlife has reemerged. But our newly intensified online routines, from video conferencing to binge-watching Netflix, might have more of a negative environmental impact than we realise. The Internet and the systems that support it are reportedly responsible for 3.7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, roughly the same as the airline industry. And it's estimated that the typical professional creates 135 kilogrammes of CO2 just sending emails — which is equivalent to driving 200 miles in a family car. We don't often think about the effect of the Internet on the natural environment, and the related implications for human rights. In this episode, we talk to Internet governance consultant Michael Oghia about why we need to build an environmentally sustainable Internet for the future.

Interview with: Michael Oghia (Global Forum for Media Development)
Host: Kira Allmann
Producer/Editor: Kira Allmann
Executive Producer: Kira Allmann
Music: Rosemary Allmann

Sep 11 2020

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The Politics of Global Health Data (with Sara Davis)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought questions around global healthcare financing and equitable access to treatments to the fore. But this is not the first time a spotlight has been thrown on the thorny issue of fair resource allocation in efforts to tackle global health issues. In her book, “The Uncounted: Politics of Data in Global Health” (Cambridge University Press), Dr Sara Davis considers how human rights issues can affect the data which underlie global healthcare funding. She looks closely at the indicators which drive resource allocation, the metrics used to measure success in tackling health issues, and the people whose experiences healthcare data often fails to capture. Ultimately, in a world of finite resources, this data plays an important role in determining who is more likely to live or die.

Interview with: Sara Davis (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)
Host: Natasha Holcroft-Emmess
Producer/Editor: Christy Callaway-Gale
Executive Producer: Kira Allmann
Music: Rosemary Allmann

Jul 24 2020

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A Reason for Hope: The Pursuit of Restorative Justice in Colombia (with Judge Julieta Lemaitre)

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In 2016, a peace agreement was negotiated between the Colombian  Government and one guerrilla movement known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or the FARC. But the peace deal was rejected by a narrow margin in a referendum in 2016. A revised peace deal was eventually ratified by the Congress of Colombia. The peace agreement provides for the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, a tribunal created in 2018 to implement the transitional justice component of the peace agreement. In this episode, we talk with Judge Lemaitre, who currently the Investigating Judge for the jurisdiction's first macro case, about the future of restorative justice in Colombia.

A full transcript is available on our website: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

Interview with: Julieta Lemaitre (Special Jurisdiction for Peace, Colombia)
Host: Natasha Holcroft-Emmess
Producer: Natasha Holcroft-Emmess
Executive Producer: Kira Allmann
Music: Rosemary Allmann

Jun 26 2020

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RightsUp - The Impact of Covid-19 on Workers' Rights in the UK (with Michael Ford)

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The spread of Covid-19 has affected many areas of our lives with major implications for our rights and freedoms. The instigation of a UK-wide lockdown has had an especially pronounced effect on our rights, and the burden of this disruption will fall most heavily on those whose livelihoods, health, and security were already fragile. Furloughed employees, those who are self-employed, and those who must now seek social security benefits face an unprecedented level of uncertainty. Today we discuss the impact of coronavirus on worker's rights in the UK.

Full transcript available: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/media/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-workers-rights-with-michael-ford

Interview with: Michael Ford, QC (University of Bristol & Old Square Chambers)
Hosted by: Natasha Holcroft-Emmess
Produced and edited by: Christy Callaway-Gale
Executive producer: Kira Allmann
Shownotes: Sarah Dobbie
Music: Rosemary Allmann

May 15 2020

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RightsUp - The Need for Empathy: Understanding India's COVID-19 Lockdown (with Kalpana Kannabiran)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in many ways. States around the world have imposed restrictions of varying levels of stringency to control the spread of the virus. The Central Government in India introduced a nationwide 21-day lockdown on 24th of March 2020. The lockdown saw an almost complete restriction on the movement of people and the closure of all establishments except those providing essential services. India’s lockdown has been described as the world’s biggest coronavirus lockdown and the harshest coronavirus containment measure in the world. The lockdown was declared with a four-hour notice period. It has been extensively reported that the impact of the lockdown has fallen most heavily on those most vulnerable. In this episode, we speak to Professor Kalpana Kannabiran, a professor of sociology and the Director of the Council for Social Development Hyderabad, about the Indian government's response to the pandemic and the impact on rights.

Full transcript and shownotes: http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/media/the-need-for-empathy-understanding-indias-covid-19-lockdown-with-kalpana-kannabiran/

Interview with: Kalpana Kannabiran (Council for Social Development Hyderabad)
Hosted by: Gauri Pillai
Produced and edited by: Christy Callaway-Gale
Executive producer: Kira Allmann
Shownotes: Sarah Dobbie
Music: Rosemary Allmann

May 08 2020

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RightsUp - Re-writing Chile's Constitution for Human Rights (with Nicolás Espejo Yaksic)

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At the end of 2019, parts of Chile descended into violent unrest. Demonstrations were countrywide and challenged broad social issues, such as the increased cost of living, privatisation and growing inequality. Arising out of the protest is a proposal of constitutional change. In light of the recent unrest, politicians agreed to call a national referendum on the creation of a new Constitution. In this episode, we discuss the protests, the possibility of constitutional change, and the impact on children's rights in Chile.

Interview with: Nicolás Espejo Yaksic (Universidad Central de Chile)
Hosted by: Natasha Holcroft-Emmess
Produced and edited by: Natasha Holcroft-Emmess
Executive producer: Kira Allmann
Shownotes: Sarah Dobbie
Music: Rosemary Allmann

May 01 2020

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RightsUp - Defending Human Rights During a Global Pandemic: Lessons from UNAIDS (with Luisa Cabal)

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In this episode, we discuss the intersection between the responses to public health crisis and human rights with Luisa Cabal, Acting Director of the Community Support, Social Justice, and Inclusion at UNAIDS. UNAIDS recently published a guidance paper of lessons learned from other pandemics, such as the HIV pandemic, about how to respect and uphold human rights during exceptional times.

Download a full transcript: http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/media/how-to-uphold-human-rights-during-a-pandemic-lessons-from-unaids-with-luisa-cabal/

Interview with: Luisa Cabal (UNAIDS)
Hosted by: Mónica Arango Olaya
Produced and edited by: Christy Callaway-Gale
Executive producer: Kira Allmann
Shownotes: Sarah Dobbie
Music: Rosemary Allmann

Apr 24 2020

28mins

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RightsUp - Comparative Human Rights Law Book Launch: Sandy Fredman Talks with Colm O'Cinneide

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This is a special episode of RightsUp, which takes Sandy Fredman’s new book, Comparative Human Rights Law, as a starting point for global conversation around the role of law, lawyers, courts, and judges in forwarding human rights in different contexts. Each episode will delve into the overarching themes of the book and highlight some specific examples from different jurisdictions -- on issues such as capital punishment, abortion, the right to housing, health, and education, and the right to freedom of speech and religion.

In this discussion, Sandy speaks with Colm O'Cinneide, a professor of human rights law at UCL, who also served on the member of the European Committee on Social Rights of the Council of Europe. They discuss the intersections between socio-economic rights and civil/political rights in the context of Europe.

Guests: Sandra Fredman and Colm O'Cinneide
Produced by: Kira Allmann
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

Dec 20 2019

46mins

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RightsUp - Comparative Human Rights Law Book Launch: Sandy Fredman Talks with Justice Muralidhar

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This is a special episode of RightsUp, which takes Sandy Fredman’s new book, Comparative Human Rights Law, as a starting point for global conversation around the role of law, lawyers, courts, and judges in forwarding human rights in different contexts. Each episode will delve into the overarching themes of the book and highlight some specific examples from different jurisdictions -- on issues such as capital punishment, abortion, the right to housing, health, and education, and the right to freedom of speech and religion.

In this discussion, Sandy speaks with Justice S. Muralidhar, a judge on the High Court of Delhi, who has delivered judgments in some of the most important housing rights cases in India. They discuss a right to housing and the value of comparing how different legal systems deal with this issue.

Guests: Sandra Fredman and Justice S. Muralidhar
Produced by: Kira Allmann
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

Dec 13 2019

47mins

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RightsUp - Comparative Human Rights Law Book Launch: Sandy Fredman Talks with Edwin Cameron

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This is a special episode of RightsUp, which takes Sandy Fredman’s new book, Comparative Human Rights Law, as a starting point for global conversation around the role of law, lawyers, courts, and judges in forwarding human rights in different contexts. Each episode will delve into the overarching themes of the book and highlight some specific examples from different jurisdictions -- on issues such as capital punishment, abortion, the right to housing, health, and education, and the right to freedom of speech and religion.

In this discussion, Sandy speaks with Judge Edwin Cameron, who recently retired from the Constitutional Court of South Africa after serving for more than two decades as a judge in South African courts.

Guests: Sandra Fredman and Edwin Cameron
Produced by: Kira Allmann
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

Dec 06 2019

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RightsUp #RightNow - Working Together: Human rights and the SDGs (Sandra Fredman)

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The United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. They aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all people. The goals provide policy objectives for countries to aspire to meet over a number of years. In this final episode of our SDG podcast series, we talk about how the Sustainable Development Goals and human rights can work together to achieve transformative change in the realm of gender equality. In order for the SDGs to be truly transformative for women, attention needs to be paid simultaneously to four dimensions of equality: first, redressing disadvantage; second, addressing stereotyping, stigma, prejudice and violence; third, facilitating voice and participation; and fourth, achieving systemic or institutional change. Professor Sandra Fredman (University of Oxford) talks about applying these dimensions of equality in her recent report for the British Academy on human rights, the SDGs, and gender equality.

This episode is part of a special series on “Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals,” a British Academy project led by Professor Sandy Fredman, Fellow of the British Academy and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of this project, the Academy convened a roundtable in January 2018 with academic experts, policymakers and practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss the ways in which human rights and developmental goals can work together to achieve the SDG agenda and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Interview with: Sandra Fredman (University of Oxford)
Produced by: Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

Jan 14 2019

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RightsUp #RightNow - Poverty and Politics in the SDGs (with Philip Alston)

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Sustainable Development Goal 1 is to eliminate poverty in all its forms everywhere. Poverty stands in the way of people enjoying many of their basic human rights and it can also be the product of violations of certain rights, like the right to education. Tackling global poverty requires bridging questions of human rights law and economic development. In this episode Prof Philip Alston (UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights) talks about the challenges of using both human rights law and economic development agendas to address poverty.

This episode is part of a special series on “Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals,” a British Academy project led by Professor Sandy Fredman, Fellow of the British Academy and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of this project, the Academy convened a roundtable in January 2018 with academic experts, policymakers and practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss the ways in which human rights and developmental goals can work together to achieve the SDG agenda and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Interview with: Philip Alston (New York University)
Produced by: Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

Sep 28 2018

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RightsUp #RightNow - Women, Poverty, Equality: The Role of CEDAW (with Meghan Campbell)

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In September 2015, the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all people. The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, have made an overt commitment to human rights as fundamental to the international development agenda. SDG Goal number 1 is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. And the targets specifically state that poverty must be eliminated for all men, women and children. But poverty affects these groups differently, and the causes of poverty for men, women, and children also differ. Empirical evidence tells us that women disproportionately live in poverty. So how do we tackle the gendered nature of poverty, when it seems to be missing from both development agendas and human rights frameworks?

This episode is part of a special series on “Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals,” a British Academy project led by Professor Sandy Fredman, Fellow of the British Academy and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of this project, the Academy convened a roundtable in January 2018 with academic experts, policymakers and practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss the ways in which human rights and developmental goals can work together to achieve the SDG agenda and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment. Meghan Campbell participated in the discussion.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Interview(s) with: Dr Meghan Campbell (University of Birmingham)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

If you like this podcast, please consider making a donation to the Oxford Human Rights Hub to support the work we do to make human rights information more accessible: www.alumniweb.ox.ac.uk/law/donations…ke-a-donation

Sep 07 2018

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RightsUp #RightNow - Female Genital Mutilation as a Question of Gender Equality (with Brenda Kelly)

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In September 2015, the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all people. For the first time, these goals explicitly aim to bring human rights and economic development into conversation with one another. There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be realised by 2030, each with their own targets. Goal number 5 is to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.’ One of the targets under Goal 5 is to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early, and forced marriage, and female genital mutilation, or FGM. In this episode, we talk with Brenda Kelly, a consultant obstetrician at the John Radcliffe Hospital and a founder of the Oxford Rose Clinic, which specialises in treating women and girls who have experienced FGM. Brenda shares her insights from working with FGM patients about how the law and medicine interact when it comes to achieving gender equality.

This episode is part of a special series on “Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals” a British Academy project led by Professor Sandy Fredman, Fellow of the British Academy and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of this project, the Academy convened a roundtable in January 2018 with academic experts, policymakers and practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss the ways in which human rights and developmental goals can work together to achieve the SDG agenda and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment. Brenda Kelly participated in the discussion.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Interview(s) with: Dr Brenda Kelly (John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

If you like this podcast, please consider making a donation to the Oxford Human Rights Hub to support the work we do to make human rights information more accessible: www.alumniweb.ox.ac.uk/law/donations…ke-a-donation

Jul 13 2018

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RightsUp - A Theatre of Death: Challenging the Death Penalty in India (with Anup Surendranath)

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The death penalty was written into the colonial penal code in India when the country was under British direct rule, and it stayed on the books after independence. Today India remains a ‘retentionist’ country – meaning that it retains the death penalty in the face of a growing global movement to abolish it worldwide on human rights grounds. At the end of 2017, there were 371 prisoners on death row in India. India is one of the few democracies that retains the death penalty, and it has voted against recent UN resolutions seeking a global end to the death penalty. In this episode, Anup Surendranath talks about the research he and his team at the National Law University in Delhi have conducted on death row inmates in India and what challenges remain on the path to abolition.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Interview with: Dr Anup Surendranath (National Law University in Delhi)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

If you like this podcast, please consider making a donation to the Oxford Human Rights Hub to support the work we do to make human rights information more accessible: www.alumniweb.ox.ac.uk/law/donations…ke-a-donation

Apr 23 2018

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RightsUp - When Human Rights Are Not Enough: Defending the Rights of Nature (with Mari Margil)

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There is an unmistakable growing awareness of the ways in which our human lives and the environment are intertwined and interdependent. Unprecedented environmental degradation, resource depletion, and the looming reality of climate change have all drawn anxious attention to the human impact on the environment. Law is critically important here. Countries like Spain, France, Portugal, and Finland have already recognized a human right to a healthy environment. But some environmental advocates are arguing that this isn’t enough. We need to recognize the inherent rights of nature itself. In this episode, we discuss the limitations of human rights in confronting environmental harms and how we could realise the rights of nature.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Interview(s) with: Mari Margil (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

If you like this podcast, please consider making a donation to the Oxford Human Rights Hub to support the work we do to make human rights information more accessible: https://www.alumniweb.ox.ac.uk/law/donations/make-a-donation

Apr 10 2018

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RightsUp #RightNow - Gender Equality through Economic Development (with Isabel Jaramillo Sierra)

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In September 2015, the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all people. For the first time, these goals explicitly aim to bring human rights and economic development into conversation with one another. There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be realised by 2030, each with their own targets. Goal number 5 is to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.’ While gender equality stands alone as a goal, it also cuts across many of the other sustainable development goals. This raises some questions – about whether gender equality can ever be realised on its own, in its own right – or whether it has to be realised in context. Inclusion and empowerment of women and girls must take place at every level and in every development target. In this episode, we explore development issues that disproportionately affect women and girls and interrogate how the SDGs can do better to address them.

This episode is part of a special series on “Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals” a British Academy project led by Professor Sandy Fredman, Fellow of the British Academy and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of this project, the Academy convened a roundtable in January 2018 with academic experts, policymakers and practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss the ways in which human rights and developmental goals can work together to achieve the SDG agenda and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment. Isabel Cristina Jaramillo Sierra participated in the discussion.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Interview(s) with: Isabel Cristina Jaramillo Sierra (Universidad de los Andes)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

If you like this podcast, please consider making a donation to the Oxford Human Rights Hub to support the work we do to make human rights information more accessible: https://www.alumniweb.ox.ac.uk/law/donations/make-a-donation

Mar 26 2018

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RightsUp #RightNow - Sustainable Development as a Human Right (with Olivier De Schutter)

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In September 2015, the UN adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all people. These are the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to be realised by 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals replace and build on the Millennium Development Goals, which were established in 2000 with targets set for 2015. The Sustainable Development Goals make some important changes to the development agenda, and one significant update is that they include an overt commitment to human rights for the first time. But how to integrate human rights into development agendas remains an open question. What will the relationship between human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals look like in practice?

This episode is part of a special series on “Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals” a British Academy project led by Professor Sandy Fredman, Fellow of the British Academy and Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of this project, the Academy convened a roundtable in January 2018 with academic experts, policymakers and practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss the ways in which human rights and developmental goals can work together to achieve the SDG agenda and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment. Professor Olivier de Schutter participated in the discussion.

Produced by: Dr Kira Allmann (University of Oxford)
Interview(s) with: Olivier de Schutter (Université catholique de Louvain)
Music by: Rosemary Allmann

If you like this podcast, please consider making a donation to the Oxford Human Rights Hub to support the work we do to make human rights information more accessible: https://www.alumniweb.ox.ac.uk/law/donations/make-a-donation

Mar 12 2018

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