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
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’: forgotten justices of the High Court
While I'm here, I wanted to record and share some reflections on my time as an intern in the United States. The first stop on my journey was California, the place my great-grandfather called home many years before his return to Italy. Greater Los Angeles is a city of some 19 million people seemingly divided … Continue reading Travel Diary: California