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Masterpiece Cakeshop and Discriminatory Intent

Luke A. Boso 8th June 2018

On July 19, 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Colorado, asking the owner, Jack Phillips, to design and create a cake for their upcoming wedding. Phillips refused because he is religiously opposed to same-sex marriage. Craig and Mullins filed a discrimination charge with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, alleging sexual-orientation […]

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Unveiling Judicial Neutrality: Do Headscarves belong in German Courtrooms?

Shino Ibold 4th June 2018

In Germany headscarf bans in a variety of public institutions have sparked large disagreement in society and posed a challenge for courts and legislatures for some time. The most recent debate regards headscarf bans for judges and legal trainees. The Federal Constitutional Court (FCC), in its decision on interim measures of 27 June 2017, denied […]

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Fighting for the Right to Donate Blood: Reviewing Changes to the UK’s Separate, but Equal, Policy Towards LGBT+

Liam Arnull 1st June 2018

The UK’s current policy guidelines on donating blood have a complex history of misassumptions and homophobic rhetoric that, to this day, still requires people to divulge intimate information around their sexual lives to complete strangers at donation centres. On account of the spread of HIV and subsequent AIDS epidemic in the 80’s/90’s, men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) have […]

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Not There Yet and Running Against the Clock: The New Ordinance Regulating Racial Classification for Racial Quotas in Brazil

Isis Conceicao 31st May 2018

On April 10th, regulatory ordinance no. 4 was signed by the Human Resource Management of the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management in Brazil. The ordinance regulates the procedure of complementary heteroidentification, an external racial identification process by using phenotypic criteria. In Brazil, candidates for office can declare themselves as black for purposes of filling […]

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