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Litigating for the Right to Education in the United States: Part 2

Michael Rebell 19th September 2017

In yesterday’s blog post, I reviewed US right to education litigation at the federal level, and at the state level in New York and New Mexico. In this post, I will consider litigation that has taken place in Kansas, Washington and North Carolina. Kansas Issuing its fourth decision since 2014 in Gannon v State, the Kansas Supreme […]

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Litigating for the Right to Education in the United States: Part 1

Michael Rebell 18th September 2017

Although the U.S. Supreme Court held in 1973 that there is no right to education in the federal constitution, over the past 40 years, dozens of state courts have ruled that there is a right to education under their state constitutions. There has, in fact, been litigation in 45 of the 50 states and plaintiffs […]

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Menstruation, the Right to Education and India’s Positive Obligations

Sanjana Srikumar 12th September 2017

The link between menstruation and the goals of gender justice is a complicated one- whether it is the debate surrounding the controversial first-day-of-period leave introduced by some offices or challenges to the taxation regimes of menstrual hygiene products in 2 separate petitions before the Bombay and Delhi High Courts respectively. Most recently, a 2-judge bench […]

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U.S. Senate Unveils Health Care Bill Designed to Dismantle the ACA

Jennifer Oliva 29th June 2017

On May 4, 2017, the United States House of Representatives voted in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017 (“AHCA”) in an effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Obamacare”).  According to the Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”), the AHCA will result in the loss of health care insurance for […]

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Balancing the Scales in Eviction Cases in South Africa: A Note on Occupiers of erven 87 & 88 Berea v Christiaan Frederick De Wet

Nomfundo Ramalekana 28th June 2017

In a landmark judgement by the South African Constitutional Court, Occupiers of erven 87 & 88 Berea v Christiaan Frederick De Wet, the Court found that eviction orders that will lead to homelessness are unjust and inequitable, and accordingly, unconstitutional. This applies even in cases where there is an eviction agreement. Among the most vulnerable […]

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