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Well known US and international law scholar honoured
2014-09-22

 

Prof Ralph Mawdsley
Photo: Stephen Collett

On 11 September 2014 the Faculty of Law inaugurated Prof Ralph Mawdsley as extraordinary professor. Prof Mawdsley is from the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law at the Cleveland State University in Ohio. He delivered his inaugural lecture titled ‘Diversity, Affirmative Action and Higher Education: Searching for Clarity in Federal Court Decisions’.

In his lecture Prof Mawdsley traced the complex road the US has travelled since the seminal judgment in Brown v Board of Education and the various differing views on the interpretation of compelling interests – with particular reference to race and diversity in the context of university admission policies.

In her introductory address, Prof Caroline Nicholson, Dean of the Faculty of Law, referred to Prof Mawdsley’s phenomenal resume of countless publications, national and international awards and numerous citations in court opinions, appellate briefs and law treatises. The honour extended to Prof Mawdsley coincides with the continuous drive by the UFS to establish a reputable international profile. During his visit, Prof Mawdsley consulted with various UFS staff members with regard to mutually interesting research matters.

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