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International Human Rights Law and National Equality Legislation: Mapping the Gaps

Natasha Holcroft-Emmess - 11th February 2013

On Wednesday 6th of February, the Oxford Human Rights Hub welcomed Dr. Dimitrina Petrova, founding Executive Director of The Equal Rights Trust, who delivered an engaging presentation highlighting the development of major global trends in equality laws. Dr. Petrova noted the contemporary interest in attempting to measure the ‘human rights record’ of States. In her […]

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Are only the ‘discrete and insular’ subject to prejudice?: An analysis of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group’s brief in Windsor v United States

Karl Laird - 27th January 2013

In the wake of the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the UK last week, Karl Laird continues to update OxHRH Blog readers on the progress of same sex relationship rights on the other side of the Atlantic.  In this piece Karl analyses the respondent’s brief in Windsor v United States. The Supreme […]

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Are only the 'discrete and insular' subject to prejudice?: An analysis of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group's brief in Windsor v United States

admin - 27th January 2013

In the wake of the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the UK last week, Karl Laird continues to update OxHRH Blog readers on the progress of same sex relationship rights on the other side of the Atlantic.  In this piece Karl analyses the respondent’s brief in Windsor v United States. The Supreme […]

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Unprecedented Step Taken in South Africa to Address Gender Transformation in the Judiciary

Tabeth Masengu - 8th January 2013

On the 12th of October 2012, the South African Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) was served with an unprecedented complaint regarding the lack of Gender Transformation in the Judiciary.  The Commission of Gender Equality was created by Chapter 9 of the South African Constitution of 1996 as a means of supporting Constitutional Democracy.Its duty is […]

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Book Review: Laurie Ackermann, Human Dignity: Lodestar for Equality in South Africa (Cape Town: Juta and Co., 2012)

Chris McConnachie - 13th December 2012

Laurie Ackermann   “Human Dignity: Lodestar for Equality in South Africa” (Cape Town: Juta and Co., 2012) This book, by a retired Justice of the first South African Constitutional Court, provides an in-depth analysis of human dignity and its relationship to equality in South African law.  While concentrating on the South African law, it is also […]

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Fisher v University of Texas: What the Judges Asked

Claire Overman - 25th November 2012

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 […]

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Fisher v University of Texas: What the Parties Submitted

Claire Overman - 23rd November 2012

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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Affirmative Action versus Equality in Malaysia

Guest Contributor - 22nd November 2012

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 […]

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Hits and Misses in Proposed Australian Anti-Discrimination Law

Guest Contributor - 21st November 2012

By Dominique Allen On November 20, 2012 the Australian government released its long-awaited Bill which combines the five federal anti-discrimination Acts into one streamlined Act and improves existing protections. The Bill is the result of a public consultation a year ago that stemmed from the 2009 human rights consultation which failed to result in a […]

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The Quick and the Dead in Britain’s Global Future

Helen Mountfield - 20th November 2012

David Cameron told the CBI on 19 November 2012 that he ‘got’ the need for changes of attitude in government, which he claimed were needed to strengthen Britain in a “global race”, in which “you are either quick or you’re dead”.  The detail of his proposals have serious ramifications for those who care about the […]

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The Quick and the Dead in Britain's Global Future

admin - 20th November 2012

David Cameron told the CBI on 19 November 2012 that he ‘got’ the need for changes of attitude in government, which he claimed were needed to strengthen Britain in a “global race”, in which “you are either quick or you’re dead”.  The detail of his proposals have serious ramifications for those who care about the […]

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