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Illegality, Human Rights and Employment: A Watershed Moment for the United Kingdom Supreme Court?

Virginia Mantouvalou, Co-Director of IHR, and Alan Bogg, Professor of Labour Law at Oxford University, have written a piece  for the UK Constitutional Law Association (UKCLA) on the Court of Appeal's application of the doctrine of illegality in the case Allen v. Hounga which could carry serious implications for the human rights of undocumented migrant workers. More...

Published: Mar 24, 2014 10:17:22 AM

Dr Virginia Mantouvalou, UCL Institute for Human Rights

Dr Virginia Mantouvalou gives evidence to the Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill

In January 2014 Dr Virginia Mantouvalou gave evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill. She argued that the Bill provides some basic safeguards against the worst forms of labour exploitation. However, it does not address adequately the great vulnerability of domestic workers, which stems from their exclusion from much labour protective legislation. She also argued that the Overseas Domestic Worker visa regime that is in force since 2012 may lead to situations of ‘modern slavery’ in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, and should therefore be revised. More...

Published: Jan 29, 2014 10:35:01 AM

President Dean Spielmann

President Dean Spielmann appointed Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Laws

President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Judge Dean Spielmann has been appointed Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Laws for five years. The appointment takes effect in May. More...

Published: Jan 15, 2014 10:47:57 AM

Debate & Analysis


Read experts views and commentary on current human rights issues and policy news.

Prisoners' Right to Vote

  • Read Dr George Letsas' opinion piece on prisoners' right to vote in defense of the European Court of Human Rights.

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Lord Sumption’s Attack on Strasbourg: More Than Political Rhetoric?

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:03:11 +0000

George Letsas Co-Director, UCL Institute for Human Rights In a lecture delivered on the 20th of November, Lord Sumption, the United Kingdom Supreme Court judge, mounted a direct attack on the legitimacy of the European Court of Human Rights. The Strasbourg Court, he claimed, makes new law by continuously expanding the scope of the rights [...]


Against Modern Slavery by Dr Virginia Mantouvalou

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:11:05 +0000

On Tuesday 25 September, US President Barack Obama gave a powerful talk on human trafficking, describing abuses of workers’ rights as modern slavery. Obama undertook the commitment to make this a matter of priority for his administration. ‘We see you’, he said. ‘We hear you. We insist on your dignity’. Setting workers’ rights at the [...]


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