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US Supreme Court indicates affirmative action changes

Monday, November 28, 2022

Significance

The Supreme Court is poised to make dramatic changes to the remedies available to governments, legislatures and courts considering ways to address the legacies of racial injustice. The changes may include ending protections for affirmative action.

Impacts

  • A departure from precedents on race-influenced decision-making could prompt a review of equal protection based on the 14th Amendment.
  • If the reversal of long-standing precedents continues, single-issue groups may press for further changes in specific areas.
  • Perceptions that the Court is no longer apolitical may lead it to formalise rules on recusal and to apply a code of ethics.

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