Category Archives: Law

Truth – Academics to the Rescue 4

Truth is a Moving Target, varying over time, society and locality. What is acceptable and academically orthodox in one society may be intolerable in another. Academics in England have freedom to search for the truth. But the truth itself is … Read More »

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Causation – Academics to the Rescue 3

The question of who is responsible for an event is often complex. A multiplicity of causes lead to events, such as the terrible murder of hostages in Syria, by the former Westminster University student, referred to as Jihadi John; or the … Read More »

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Integrity – Academics to the Rescue 2

Jack Straw, the former Justice Minister, appeared this evening in the Dispatches Programme on Channel 4 television. Unaware that he was being filmed, he supposed that he was being offered a financial proposition. He says “these things are best kept … Read More »

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Academic Freedom – The Chinese New Year – Academics to the Rescue 1

I was once told by a practising lawyer that there was no such thing as academic freedom. He was incorrect. Academic freedom is the application of freedom of speech to the academic community. In the USA the First Amended protects … Read More »

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Mistreatment of the Vulnerable – The Rule of Law 10

In some parts of the country the system works properly, and in others it fails. If we scientifically study the mistreatment of the vulnerable, we might study a single day to typify the way in which the law functions.  I … Read More »

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Homelessness – Kanu v Southwark – The Rule of Law 9

Teachers should speak up for the principle of the rule of law, where there are many problems.  Homelessness and poverty are breaches of the rule of law.  In Kanu v Southwark LBC [2014] EWCA Civ 1085 the Court of Appeal (Underhill LJ) … Read More »

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Misconduct in Public Office – What can be Done? – The Rule of Law 8

In 1968 students protested in Grosvenor Square about the Vietnam War. They were arrested and taken to the former Savile Row Police Station.  Stones and even half bricks were found in their pockets. They were convicted.  A police inquiry discovered … Read More »

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