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Cultivating a Common Bond: The Right to Adequate Education in South Africa and the United States

Cultivating a Common Bond: The Right to Adequate Education in South Africa and the United States

As the newest wave of education adequacy litigation crashes upon the shores of South Africa, courts there face the enormous task of breathing life into a socio-economic right that is...
Racial profiling: more than a numbers game

Racial profiling: more than a numbers game

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

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

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...
The Liberty-Equality Debate: Comparing the Lawrence and  Naz Foundation Rulings

The Liberty-Equality Debate: Comparing the Lawrence and Naz Foundation Rulings

Last month marked the 10 year anniversary of Lawrence v Texas, where the US Supreme Court ruled that laws that criminalised sodomy were unconstitutional. Like June 26 2013, June 26...
Human Rights and Community Justice: A View from Red Hook, Brooklyn

Human Rights and Community Justice: A View from Red Hook, Brooklyn

The Red Hook Community Justice Center (RHCJC), the small community court in Brooklyn, New York, seems miles away from lofty, academic debates on human rights. However, in its own way,...
Is it Time for the US Supreme Court to Come Out of the Closet?

Is it Time for the US Supreme Court to Come Out of the Closet?

In a follow-up post to his previous analysis of Windsor v. United States, Karl Laird examines which constitutional provisions were invoked in the US Supreme Court decision. Now that a...
Shelby County v Holder: Disconcerting Aspects of the US Supreme Court’s Decision and its Impact on the Right to Vote

Shelby County v Holder: Disconcerting Aspects of the US Supreme Court’s Decision and its Impact on the Right to Vote

On the second day of what many consider one of the most eventful weeks in US Supreme Court history, the Court issued its decision on the Voting Rights Act (VRA)...
The Questions Raised by Striking Down DOMA

The Questions Raised by Striking Down DOMA

In light of the release of Windsor v the United States, Karl Laird analyzes the US Supreme Court’s reasoning, noting the Court still avoids the hard questions. It took Justice...
Why Fisher v University of Texas is Irrelevant outside the US

Why Fisher v University of Texas is Irrelevant outside the US

The US Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v University of Texas, released on Monday, has received much international attention. As Claire Overman and Reva Siegel explain in their recent posts,...
A Restriction of the Status Quo: Fisher v University of Texas

A Restriction of the Status Quo: Fisher v University of Texas

Many expected a major ruling on the constitutionality of affirmative action from the United States Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas. But the Court substantially upheld prior precedent...
Fisher v University of Texas: A Glimmer of Hope for Affirmative Action in the United States?

Fisher v University of Texas: A Glimmer of Hope for Affirmative Action in the United States?

The US Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the eagerly anticipated case of Fisher v University of Texas. It concerns the compatibility of the university’s admissions programme with...
Gene patenting overruled but leaves lasting repercussions for minorities

Gene patenting overruled but leaves lasting repercussions for minorities

Last month, Angelina Jolie penned an op-ed piece in The New York Times about her decision to undergo genetic testing for BRCA mutations (breast cancer susceptibility genes 1 and 2),...

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