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On Race Theory and Norms

9 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2010  

Christian Sundquist

Albany Law School

Date Written: 2009


This article has been adapted from an address given at the Albany Law Review Symposium in Spring 2009. This article discusses the judicial acceptance of DNA random match estimates, which uses DNA analysis to estimate the likelihood that a criminal defendant is the source of genetic material that is found at a crime scene. Relying on race, these tests demonstrate how such a re-inscription of race as a biological entity threatens the modern conception of race as a social construction, and how those estimates should be rejected as inadmissible on a doctrinal level under the Federal Rules of Evidence.

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Sundquist, Christian, On Race Theory and Norms (2009). Albany Law Review, Vol. 72, No. 1025, 2009; Albany Law School Research Paper No. 43. Available at SSRN:

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