‘Honourable’ Mentions

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

2017/18 Outgoing MULC President’s Report

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

In Favour of Sam Seaborn

To my mind, the dumping of The West Wing's Sam Seaborn remains one of the greatest TV injustices ever committed. Sam's greatest character trait is undeniably his persistent idealism and unhesitating devotion to the noblest political aspirations. His deep, genuine belief in the potential of the American political system to improve peoples' everyday lives is refreshing … Continue reading In Favour of Sam Seaborn

A better way of understanding the ‘conservative-progressive’ divide

Attempts to categorise people are inherently fraught with danger and, frankly, of little real value - if any. People are individuals, with individual thoughts, feelings and emotions that can never be shared completely. Categorisation leads to prejudice, discrimination and tribalism. Worst of all, it leads people to forget that we are all human individuals with … Continue reading A better way of understanding the ‘conservative-progressive’ divide

If positivism is dissatisfying, legal realism is frightening

Legal realism, certainly of the kind that can be traced back to former US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., represents a bleak picture of law that abandons noble liberal and democratic ideals in favour of a system of rule by a thousand emperors.  Particularly, legal realists' insistence that law can be found in … Continue reading If positivism is dissatisfying, legal realism is frightening

Why legal positivism is a dissatisfying theory of law

Critiquing an entire school of thought is an inherently dangerous undertaking, and this certainly holds true in the case of legal positivism. One of the foremost reasons for this difficulty is that legal positivists' views differ extensively, such that the distance between some classical and contemporary positivists (compare John Austin and Joseph Raz) is arguably … Continue reading Why legal positivism is a dissatisfying theory of law