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Developing Human Rights Jurisprudence

Sixth Judicial Colloquium on the Domestic Application of International Human Rights Norms: Bloemfontein, South Africa, 3–5 September 1993

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One of an eightvolume series recording the development of international jurisprudence in human rights issues and, in particular, the domestic application of international human rights norms.

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Race and Sex Discrimination in English Law

In the absence of any written Constitution guaranteeing human rights, English common law failed to develop any general law to protect the individual as such, from any adverse discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, creed or sex. In consequence, the modern law is based on statute, primarily the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. (I ignore for present purposes the statutory provisions which make criminal acts of incitement to racial hatred and similar conduct which have had little practical impact.)

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