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Socio-Economic Rights Advocacy in South Africa’s Eastern Cape

James Rooney 31st August 2016

I am one of the two Oxford Human Rights Hub/Rhodes University Travelling Fellows for this year. This is the first year of the fellowship, and the second fellow will be travelling down at the start of 2017. The Fellowship is a partnership between the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Rhodes University in South Africa, and the […]

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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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