By Luke McNamara

Many international locations confront related human rights controversies, yet, regardless of the claimed universality of human rights values they aren't continually resolved within the comparable means. Why? What function do neighborhood felony stipulations play? Is human rights discourse stronger the place rights are constitutionally entrenched, instead of the place there's a culture of recognize for underlying human rights values yet no invoice of rights?

Comparative socio-legal exam of 3 contemporary controversies - double jeopardy reform, acceptance of same-sex relationships and the operation of hate speech legislation - in 4 international locations - Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the uk presents solutions to those questions.

Examination of those controversies means that transformations within the layout of household felony associations and methods for the injection of human rights values into criminal decision-making techniques may have a robust influence at the demeanour within which human rights concerns are built, dealt with and resolved.

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