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Justice Scalia’s Terribly Few Words on Education Rights

Joshua E. Weishart 5th April 2016

Justice Scalia was a wordsmith whose informal, pithy style and wit forced smiles from even his staunchest critics. His influence on the Supreme Court came through the sheer effect of his prose. And he frequently put it to use in his dissents and concurrences, believing that his separate opinions, though not binding, improved the drafting […]

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Justice Scalia, Challenges to the Affordable Care Act, and a Missed Opportunity to Meaningfully Engage the Right to Healthcare

Valarie K Blake 24th March 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia was known for his polarising opinions on fundamental issues in American policy. Yet, his recent dissents in major legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are surprisingly tame given that healthcare policy is rife with complex social questions. Justice Scalia’s analysis in ACA legal challenges, which emphasised textual rather than policy […]

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“The Dr. Magufuli style”: Why Apt Priorities Should Follow Constitutional Formulations of Socio-Economic Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Duncan Okubasu Munabi 12th February 2016

The newly drafted constitutions in Sub-Saharan Africa have responded to the social and economic conditions of Africans by formally describing the entitlement to basic and important necessities of life such as food, shelter, healthcare and social security. This category of rights described as “socio-economic rights” are being catalogued in Bills of Rights in the newly […]

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Recent Developments in the Australian Health Policy Further Undermine the Right to Health

Russell Solomon 4th February 2016

As a developed country, Australia has a generally high standard of health care. Various kinds of public expenditure support the health of the general population, particularly through Medicare’s bulk billing and a world class hospital system. Yet the level of public expenditure remains contentious and so much of Australia’s health policy is not referenced to […]

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Textbook Provision for Learners in South Africa: Supreme Court of Appeal Judgment in the BEFA Case

Faranaaz Veriava 25th January 2016

In December 2015, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) in the case of Minister of Basic Education and Others v Basic Education for All and Others (the “BEFA” case) declared that section 29(1)(a) of the South African Constitution, which guarantees every learner the right to a basic education, includes the entitlement that every […]

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