The science grad asks, “Why does it work?” The engineering grad asks, “How does it work?” The accounting grad asks, “How much will it cost?” The arts grad asks, "Do you want fries with that? Having completed a BA before commencing my JD, I'm no stranger to the all-too-common wisecrack that Arts graduates struggle to … Continue reading Why study the humanities over the natural sciences
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’
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 Travel Diary: 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 Travel Diary: America’s Golden Gateway