Short note: is a new website with videos, blogs, cases, papers and virtual courses about human rights in Latin America. The idea of the website is to gather professors, students, lawyers to discuss relevant  themes about human rights in Latin America. They have videos from Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Roberto Gargarella, César Rodrígues Garavito and many other … Continue reading

Bin Laden is dead. Torture is still wrong.

As US President Barack Obama enjoys the bump in his approval rating following the death of Osama Bin Laden, his Republican counterparts are clamouring for a piece of the credit and in doing so, they have rekindled the debate over whether the use of harsh interrogation techniques (or torture, to most of us) is justified. … Continue reading

Side Note: The UNICEF Landmine Stickers

A small, but extremely effective way of drawing attention to an important issue. These self adhesive stickers are nearly invisible when placed on the floor. Once a passer-by steps on one it will stick to the sole of their shoe. Once they attempt to remove it they are confronted with the image of a landmine … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Courts – Part three: The Track of a Storm

As I mentioned in the previous post the Grand Chamber overturned the earlier decision. The decision of the Grand Chamber was, however, quite contradictory. The Court considered that “the crucifix is above all a religious symbol. The domestic courts came to the same conclusion and in any event the Government have not contested this. The … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Courts – Part two: The Reactions to the Lautsi v. Italy Chamber Judgment

As I said in the previous post, it seems evident that there is a violation of the right to freedom of religion in the Lautsi case. Primary education is compulsory in Italy; therefore the kids are exposed daily to a religious symbol that can be against their beliefs. It is important to remember that the … Continue reading