Rethinking Equality in the Global Society


The future of affirmative action, especially in the area of American higher education, has been called into question by the 1996 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Hopwood v. State of Texas, requiring race-blind admission to state universities in Texas, and the passage of Proposition 209 in California. The seemingly endless American debate on this issue almost entirely has ignored the fact that other countries faced with comparable problems of remedying the effects of past discrimination have developed programs and acquired experience from which Americans might learn. Further, the legal debate has not been adequately informed by the social science disciplines. This conference was intended to expand discussion at a critical moment by introducing these missing perspectives.


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Dorsey D. Ellis Jr. (Washington University School of Law)
John Bowen (Washington University in St. Louis)
Clark D. Cunningham (Washington University School of Law)
Pauline T. Kim (Washington University School of Law)
John J. Donohue (Stanford Law School)
B.P. Jeevan Reddy (Supreme Court of India)
Sunita Parikh (Washington University in St. Louis)
Linda Krieger (University of California, Berkeley)
Aaron Porter (University of Illinois)
Pansy Tlakula (Human Rights Commission)
Garrett Duncan (Washington University in St. Louis)
Joshua Aronson (University of Texas)
Gerald Torres (University of Texas Law School)
Karthigasen Govender (University of Natal-Durban)
Lani Guinier (University of Pennsylvania)
Jack Knight (Washington University in St. Louis)
David B. Oppenheimer (Golden Gate Law School)
Karen Tokarz (Washington University School of Law)
Virginia Dominguez (University of Iowa)
M. N. Srinivas (National Institute of Advanced Studies)
Karen Porter (Washington University School of Law)
N.R. Madhava Menon (National Law School of India)
Marc Galanter (University of Wisconsin Law School)



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