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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),...
US National Security Agency Surveillance: A Problem of “Allegality”

US National Security Agency Surveillance: A Problem of “Allegality”

The recent revelations about the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency are an excellent example of one of the most intractable challenges facing legal systems and human rights...
Drone Strikes and Domestic Crimes?

Drone Strikes and Domestic Crimes?

As Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, has recently pointed out, international human rights and humanitarian law would not necessarily seem to require the wholesale abolition of...
Silencing Rape on U.S. College Campuses: Evaluating the Clery Act

Silencing Rape on U.S. College Campuses: Evaluating the Clery Act

The Steubenville rape verdict a few months ago has sparked a broader conversation about the United States’ endemic “rape culture”, and the responsibility of innocent bystanders and institutions to report...
Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Future of Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations Committed Abroad

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Future of Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations Committed Abroad

By Kate Mitchell – On 17 April 2013, the United States Supreme Court delivered judgment in Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum. The Court held that the Alien Torts Statute (ATS)...
Education suspended, rights infringed

Education suspended, rights infringed

By Jadine Johnson – On Monday, March 25th, ninety-seven students at Leflore High School in Mobile, Alabama were suspended. These students were not suspended for drugs or weapons. They were...
The Case on Everybody’s Lips – How arguments in Windsor v US have been received by the commentators

The Case on Everybody’s Lips – How arguments in Windsor v US have been received by the commentators

It has been a week since the hearing in Windsor v United States. Karl Laird provides an interesting analysis of how commentators elsewhere are evaluating the arguments put before the...
Could the outcome in Windsor v US be a hollow victory?

Could the outcome in Windsor v US be a hollow victory?

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard argument in Windsor v United States. We have been closely following this case on the OxHRH Blog. Today’s post will analyze the transcript...
US Congress Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act

US Congress Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act

By Chelsea Purvis – The United States Congress has for many months been debating the future of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). As I explained in my previous post,...
Weakening Protections for Victims of Gender-Based Violence in the United States?

Weakening Protections for Victims of Gender-Based Violence in the United States?

By Chelsea Purvis – The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the principle federal law addressing gender-based violence in the United States. But for the first time since its enactment...

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