Report of a symposium exploring issues surrounding post-apartheid justice and redress in South Africa for human rights abuses in which corporations are allegedly implicated.
In close collaboration with the Khulumani Support Group, a South African membership-based organization comprising approximately 55,000 survivors of apartheid human rights violations, the symposium considered broader questions around corporate accountability, post-conflict redress, and international relations through the lens of the Khulumani et al v. Barclays et al lawsuit currently underway in the New York Southern District Court. Highlighted by commentators such as John Pilger as a critical action by citizens against the abuses of corporations, this lawsuit is one of the most provocative and controversial currently before the United States courts.
This report examines the influence of the media on the judiciary and politics, and features insights from Lance Price, former Government Director of Communications, on the unhealthy relationship between politics and the media exposed by the phone hacking scandal.
Other issues addressed include media ownership and control, and comparative studies from the US and Italy.
Conflict between the judges and government is built into the very concept of the judicial protection of human rights. The Human Rights Act does presuppose a basic consensus on human rights between the judges, on the one hand, and the government, people and Parliament on the other. However, there is clearly no consensus when it comes to the rights of unpopular minorities, particularly concerning controversial issues such as asylum seekers suspected terrorists.
As judges face growing criticism for 'disproportionate' sentencing of those convicted of inciting riots, Sir Mark Potter, former President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales, assesses to what degree the media influence the judiciary.
In the policy brief, he finds that judges generally remain impervious to outside influence, but that sentencing policy is sometimes influenced by public opinion.
This report presents the views of a number of leading medical and legal experts on the complex evidential issues arising at inquests into sudden adult deaths. Participants include Michael Burgess OBE (HM Coroner of the Royal Household and Legal Secretary of the Coroners’ Society of England & Wales) and Professor Hugh Watkins (an expert in molecular genetics and molecular biology of heart muscle disease).