Like several Rob Reiner films, Flipped (2010) is a hidden gem that you could be forgiven for overlooking as a consequence of some questionable marketing that doesn't do it justice. It’s almost criminally underrated, with a 55% rating on rotten tomatoes and a 45 on Metacritic. Its user ratings are better (78% and 7.9 respectively), … Continue reading Thoughts on film: ‘Flipped’
I wrote the following for De Minimis' Issue 2, Semester 1, 2019. [T]here’s nothing wrong with being part of a minority. Even and especially a minority of one. I actually wrote the bulk of this piece some months ago, never necessarily intending for it to be shared or published. This was long before the controversy … Continue reading Article for De Minimis: Minority of One
To define Shayna by her mistakes is to deny the whole person that is Shayna Jack. The first semester I contributed to De Minimis (Semester 2 of 2018 - my second semester at law school), I happened to submit two articles, both of which were published. Not only was this a newfound level of success … Continue reading Article for De Minimis: Shayna Jack is not a ‘drug cheat’
Designing a political system from the ground up is no doubt a complex and contentious challenge. There are many different approaches that may be adopted, many different principles that may guide drafters and interpreters, and many different value judgements that may be drawn into the process at different points. The reality is that it is … Continue reading Why Originalism?
Lawyers, judges, politicians, academics and philosophers often appeal to notions of ‘justice’ in public debate and civic discourse. But what the term ‘justice’ actually means is often loosely defined and uncritically understood. Oxford defines justice in terms of ‘just behaviour or treatment’ and ‘the quality of being fair and reasonable’. Cambridge defines justice as ‘the … Continue reading Why justice matters
There’s very little that can be said about New York City that hasn’t already been said. And yet, it seems to me that New York is a city that has the potential to be many different things for many different people. My visit to New York was typified by the great American ideals that permeate … Continue reading New York, NY
San Francisco is an incredible city rich in culture and history. I wanted to visit San Francisco in particular for the opportunity to visit San Francisco Chinatown, which represents the largest Chinese ethnic enclave outside of Asia. The original Chinatown itself is a marvel, spanning five zipcodes and some 24 blocks. The streets are lined … Continue reading America’s Golden Gateway