Friday, January 1, 2016
Happy New Year! As we start 2016, with high hopes for expanded human rights in the U.S., we look back at the top human rights blog entries of 2015. Our top five countdown included entries on the Fisher oral argument, refugee issues, developments in solitary confinement, commentary on the movie Selma, and perspectives on gay rights.
Now to the #1 blog story of 2015! In the very top spot are a pair of entries by Noah Novogrodsky commenting on the Obergefell v. Hodges oral argument and decision through the lens of international human rights law. These entries, posted within hours of the oral argument and the decision, provided among the first perspectives in the blogosphere on this important aspect of the Obergefell litigation. Though human rights was not explicitly mentioned during the litigation, Novogrodsky expertly explained the ways in which ideas of human dignity which motivated the majority decision draw from international human rights concepts.
Interest in Obergefell was high throughout the spring and summer, and a number of our bloggers -- including Jonathan Todres, Margaret Drew and Jeremiah Ho -- addressed aspects of the decision, all gaining high readership. And as Jeremiah Ho recently observed, Obergefell continues (and will continue) to have ripple effects across the LGBTQ community and the wider civil rights and human rights movement.
In sum, the blogs that interested our readers most during 2015 concerned a range of U.S. human rights issues, from marriage equality to prison conditions. Readers registered a keen interest in litigation efforts to address human rights, such as the Obergefell and Fisher cases, but also read deeply on issues that straddle law and social movements. We had a great year sharing these perspectives with you, and look forward to more in 2015. And certainly, we welcome feedback to improve the blog during the coming year. May 2016 be a year of even more discussion of and attention to human rights in the U.S.!