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Why Fisher v University of Texas is Irrelevant outside the US

Chris McConnachie 26th June 2013

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 […]

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

Reva Siegel 25th June 2013

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 […]

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

Claire Overman 24th June 2013

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 […]

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Internet surveillance in English law

22nd June 2013

This is partially based on Ian Brown (2012) ‘Government Access to Private-Sector Data in the United Kingdom’ International Data Privacy Law 2 (4) 230-238 For the past fortnight, the media has been full of revelations about the surveillance practices of the US National Security Agency (NSA), a shadowy body responsible for communications intelligence for the […]

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