In Australia, it is well-established (see eg Paul v Constance) that the creation of a trust requires a sufficiently clear manifestation of intent on the part of the supposed settlor (the 'certainty of intention' requirement). Generally, the requisite intention is said to be evinced by the use of language bearing a sufficiently imperative character. The … Continue reading Precatory words, Love and the law of equity
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. This challenge is something I have had ample opportunity to contemplate as I have studied Advanced Constitutional Law this semester. What is clear is that there are many different approaches that may be adopted, many different principles that may … 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 my first experience of New York leads me to conclude that it is a city that is remarkable because of its potential to be many different things for many different people. My visit to New York was … Continue reading New York, NY