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Why vicarious liability is an essential part of justice in domestic and international law

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Why the ‘Reasonable Person’ Test INFURIATES Me

  Law students: argue that YOU are a reasonable person. I implore you – use yourself as a standard of reasonableness when you consider that problem question, analyse that judgement. Let me explain why…   The reasonable person standard makes me so mad. Madder than a Hatter in Wonderland during a tea shortage. Because, the…

Emancipation vs Power and Order: Dichotomies of Critical Security Studies

Kenneth Booth advanced this argument in his paper Security and Emancipation (1991). His broad definition of emancipation includes “war and the threat of war… poverty, poor education, political oppression and so on” (p. 319). Booth’s article provides the foundations for Critical Security Studies (CSS) and more specifically the ‘Aberystwyth School’. Also known as emancipatory realism…

6 things you should know about Legal Pluralism

1. What is it? Sociological research posits that the state legal system interacts with other forms of “law” or normative ordering, although the units of reference are disputed. In plain language, this means that while some speak of “law” others prefer to refer to “normative orderings”, “legal systems”, and “informal codes”. This approach to the…

Should REACH be implemented in the US? – A Global Environmental Law Student’s Guide to REACH: IL Facts

REACH – the Basics Source: abv-environment.eu REACH, or the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals is a result of EU Law Directive No. 1907/2006. This directive’s aim was to create a new standard for evaluating chemical substances that circulate within the European Union. The directive requires all companies that are either importing chemical substances into…

Misusing Blasphemy Laws: The Masih Mess

An innocent Pakistani Christian, Sawan Masih, has been sentenced to death over alleged blasphemy. Apart from resulting in gross human rights violations, the blasphemy laws in Pakistan have given us, and more generally Muslims, a bad name internationally. The news about Sawan Masih has now spread all over the world. Yet in Pakistan, apart from…