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Racial profiling: more than a numbers game

Faiza Patel 21st August 2013

Although minority communities have long complained of racial profiling by police, their claims have generally been dismissed until proven by empirical evidence. And so it was with the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program. As early as 1999, New York state’s attorney general criticised the effort as racially skewed. Stop and frisk was the […]

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Developing the Customary Law to Give Effect to the Constitutional Commitment to Substantive Equality: Mayelane v Ngwenyama

Tarryn Bannister 20th August 2013

The South African Constitution expressly provides for the horizontal application of the Bill of Rights, stating that these rights apply to all law. Section 39(2) also states that when interpreting legislation or developing the common law or customary law the courts must: “promote the spirit, purport and objects of the Bills of Rights.” In spite […]

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Floyd v City of New York: Promise and Challenges in Reforming Stop and Frisk

Nicole Smith Futrell 16th August 2013

The New York City Police Department (NYPD)’s controversial stop and frisk program was dealt its most significant legal blow when a federal court judge ruled the practice unconstitutional for its indirect racial profiling of blacks and Latinos.  While the Floyd ruling is important for providing court-sanctioned recognition of the racial discrimination long endured by blacks […]

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Plenty of evidence to support the Public Sector Equality Duty

Kate Clayton Hathway 14th August 2013

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is a key feature of the Equality Act 2010 and an essential tool to achieve this legislation’s objectives of eliminating discrimination, advancing equality and fostering good relations in a society which, as highlighted by the 2011 Census, is becoming increasingly diverse. Nonetheless, the purpose and effectiveness of the duty […]

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