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WVU Law students publish on prestigious Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – Articles by two WVU Law students have been published on the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog (OxHRH Blog).

Tasha Frazie and Christopher Smith, both 3Ls, wrote the posts as part of their International Human Rights Law class this fall.

The OxHRH Blog, which is based at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law, “aims to promote dialogue between human rights researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from around the world.” It is a prominent global forum with a focus on rigorous legal analysis that has been recognized with an OxTalent Award and by the British Academy.

In his post, Smith addressed  citizenship rights in the Dominican Republic, particularly a new policy of retroactively stripping citizenship from individuals born to “foreigners in transit.” 

Christopher Smith and Tasha Frazie “The situation [in the Dominican Republic] implicates many fundamental human rights,” Smith wrote. “Protection from arbitrary deprivation of nationality, due process, and freedom from racial discrimination are but a few of the rights breached by its recent court decision and deportation actions.”

Frazie discussed the  Chinese government’s targeting of human rights advocates.

She wrote, “Although the Chinese government claims it had legitimate reasons for arresting the human rights advocates, the international community still has reservations about the government’s justification for such arrests and its definition of “threats” under the new national security law.”

Two WVU Law faculty members have also been recently published on the OxHRH Blog.

Law professor  Anne Marie Lofaso analyzed the National Labor Relations Board decision  to dismiss college football players’ petition for union representation.

Rachel Wechsler, who was WVU’s 2015 Archibald McDougall Visiting Professor of International Law, addressed discrimination against same-sex foster parents. Smith and Frazie were Wechsler’s students.

In addition to the website, OxHRH Blog posts are published annually in an anthology available in both print and digital versions. The Oxford University Press published the most recent anthology.



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