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Ready to Learn?

Ready to Learn?

South Africa’s Legal Resources Centre (LRC) launched a new book—Ready to Learn? A Legal Resource for Realising the Right to Education—on 25 October at the Open Society Foundations in New York City (see press release here). Chris McConnachie explains the significance of this publication. Followers of South Africa’s socio-economic rights case law will be familiar [...]

Cultivating a Common Bond: The Right to Adequate Education in South Africa and the United States

Cultivating a Common Bond: The Right to Adequate Education in South Africa and the United States

As the newest wave of education adequacy litigation crashes upon the shores of South Africa, courts there face the enormous task of breathing life into a socio-economic right that is at once amorphous and rapidly evolving.  But South African courts are not alone.  In the United States, several state high courts recognize the right to an [...]

Corporal Punishment in Namibia Revisited

Corporal Punishment in Namibia Revisited

In the landmark 1991 judgement of the Namibian Supreme Court in Ex Parte: Attorney-General, In Re Corporal punishment by Organs of State, Berker CJ remarked in a separate judgement, that little “agreement exists in respect of the desirability or otherwise of corporal punishment in schools.” 22 years later this statement still rings true. In highly [...]

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 [...]

Denied Education is Denied Survival: The Case of The Nasa People

Denied Education is Denied Survival: The Case of The Nasa People

By Ethel Castellanos-Morales and Camilo Castillo-Sánchez – Colombia is a country with a modern constitutional system that allows it to recognize its different ethnic groups and protect the diversity that is inherent in this multicultural society.  Human rights are further protected by the fact that Colombia integrates several international human rights treaties in the constitution [...]

Silencing Rape on U.S. College Campuses: Evaluating the Clery Act

Silencing Rape on U.S. College Campuses: Evaluating the Clery Act

The Steubenville rape verdict a few months ago has sparked a broader conversation about the United States’ endemic “rape culture”, and the responsibility of innocent bystanders and institutions to report sexual violence. One place where the silencing of sexual violence is an ongoing problem is on U.S. college campuses.  Under the Clery Act  — named [...]

Education suspended, rights infringed

Education suspended, rights infringed

By Jadine Johnson – On Monday, March 25th, ninety-seven students at Leflore High School in Mobile, Alabama were suspended. These students were not suspended for drugs or weapons. They were not fighting or being disruptive. These students were suspended for violating Leflore’s uniform policy — some had simply worn the wrong colour jackets or socks to school. [...]

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, [...]

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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 [...]