Category Archives: Law

Academics versus Administrators – Academics to the Rescue 15

When I was young, universities were run by academics. The Master of Balliol taught history, and wrote a book on constitutional law. Theo Tylor, who taught me law, was also estates bursar. Don Harris, who also taught law, was senior … Read More »

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Freedom from Want – Academics to the Rescue 14

In his State of the Union Address on 6th January 1941 President Roosevelt proposed 4 Freedoms. In the Saturday Evening Post, Norman Rockwell produced 4 illustrations, portraying Freedom from Want as a family sitting together at a Dinner table. The … Read More »

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Freedom from Fear – Academics to the Rescue 13

Freedom from fear was the fourth of President Roosevelt’s basic freedoms, enunciated in his state of the union address on 6th January 1941. He had just been re-elected for a 3rd term, and the USA was still at peace. Freedom … Read More »

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Liberty – S172 Road Traffic Act 1988 – Academics to the Rescue 12

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” (Jefferson) and “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” (Robespierre) are noble aspirations, but in the patchwork reality they are imperfect ideals, even in our green and pleasant land. I drove to East Anglia for Easter. There … Read More »

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The Right to Happiness – Academics to the Rescue 11

Thomas Jefferson’s phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and Jeremy Bentham’s “the greatest happiness of the greatest number of people” both refer back to the classical humanists. In correspondence Jefferson described himself as a humanist. Two Classical philosophers … Read More »

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Survival – Sometimes it is wise to move away – Academics to the Rescue 10

One of the most difficult problems arises when there is a conflict of duties. Those in authority may use their contractual authority to give orders which are in conflict with the Human Rights principles of fairness, equal concern and respect. … Read More »

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Cries for Help – Academics to the Rescue 9

When a student or a colleague needs help, they may not raise the problem directly. Instead they may initiate a discussion on a neutral topic, and mention the problem about which they are so anxious. Doctors and some social workers … Read More »

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