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Affirmative Action in South African Universities: What Does Race Represent?

Affirmative Action in South African Universities: What Does Race Represent?

Editor’s note: Following the US Supreme Court’s decision last week in Fisher the OxHRH will be running a series of posts that offer international perspectives on affirmative action.  In this post, Dr Max Price, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, reflects upon the use of race as a marker for disadvantage and redress in South [...]

Why Fisher v University of Texas is Irrelevant outside the US

Why Fisher v University of Texas is Irrelevant outside the US

The US Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v University of Texas, released on Monday, has received much international attention.  As Claire Overman and Reva Siegel explain in their recent posts, the decision was not the end to race-based affirmative action in the US that many feared, nor was it the ringing endorsement of Grutter that [...]

A Restriction of the Status Quo: Fisher v University of Texas

A Restriction of the Status Quo: Fisher v University of Texas

Many expected a major ruling on the constitutionality of affirmative action from the United States Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas. But the Court substantially upheld prior precedent in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting, and Justice Elena Kagan recused from the case. The parties had not [...]

Fisher v University of Texas: A Glimmer of Hope for Affirmative Action in the United States?

Fisher v University of Texas: A Glimmer of Hope for Affirmative Action in the United States?

The US Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the eagerly anticipated case of Fisher v University of Texas. It concerns the compatibility of the university’s admissions programme with the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This programme combines a “Personal Achievement Index,” which takes an applicant’s race into account, and automatic admission [...]

A prelude to Fisher v Texas from the US Court of Appeal Sixth Circuit?

A prelude to Fisher v Texas from the US Court of Appeal Sixth Circuit?

In the latest contribution to our affirmative action themed series of post, Karl Laird looks at a recent decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that may be indicative of how the cards could fall in Fisher v Texas, currently reserved by the US Supreme Court.  In Coalition To Defend Affirmative Action [...]

Fisher v University of Texas: What the Judges Asked

Fisher v University of Texas: What the Judges Asked

The third installment in our affirmative action series looks at the oral arguments presented and questions asked by the bench in Fisher v University of Texas.   In this post Claire Overman takes a closer look at the transcript from the oral hearing. In anticipation of the Court’s decision, this post takes a closer look at the transcript [...]

Fisher v University of Texas: What the Parties Submitted

Fisher v University of Texas: What the Parties Submitted

The second and third posts in our affirmative action series will take a closer look at the submissions and oral arguments presented to the US Supreme Court in the landmark affirmative action case of Fisher v University of Texas.   In this post Claire Overman takes a closer look at the parties’ submissions to the Court. Last month, [...]

Affirmative Action versus Equality in Malaysia

Affirmative Action versus Equality in Malaysia

By Dr Dimitrina Petrova The Bumiputera (Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak) continue to benefit from decades-old affirmative action policies that have outlived their legitimacy. Article 153 of the Federal Constitution, continuing a system of ethnic privileges established by British colonial rule, requires the King of Malaysia to safeguard the special position of the [...]

A Quick Overview

Blog posts have been coming in thick and fast over the last month. To help you get up to speed, the editorial team has put together a quick summary of some of the major themes. Justice Verma Committee on Indian sexual violence laws The Justice Verma Committee submitted its report on the reform of India’s [...]