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
Knowing our history is an important part of knowing ourselves and where we are going. The following Justices may or may not be noteworthy for their contributions to legal scholarship, but their respective contributions to High Court trivia should not be overlooked. Albert Piddington Piddington was appointed alongside Sir Charles Powers (the first solicitor ever … Continue reading ‘Honourable’ Mentions
Although I want to record and share some reflections on my time as a student intern in the US, I also feel a natural aversion to the self-aggrandising nature of 'travel blogging' (studies have found that most people seem to agree with me: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article158570564.html). This in mind, I have until now delayed making time to … Continue reading So far, so Cal
On April 16, 2018 I delivered the following Outgoing President's Report at the conclusion of my term as Melbourne University Liberal Club President. Today I am pleased to deliver my final Report as Club President after what has certainly been an eventful thirteen months in the role. Although not without its challenges, 2017 was an … Continue reading 2017/18 Outgoing MULC President’s Report