Category Archives: Criminal 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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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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Miscarriage of Justice – The Rule of Law 7

If Tom Bingham is correct (in saying that the judiciary is only 55% likely to know whether a witness is telling the truth), then miscarriages of justice are frequent, and undermine the rule of law. The most serious flaw in … Read More »

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Human Rights and Human Trafficking – Ethical Realism and Legal Careers 21

The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), and its Protocols, impose a duty on states to prevent human trafficking. Article 3 of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, … Read More »

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Brave Advocates – Ethical Realism and Legal Careers 12

Tuğbel found Orhan Șantepe in the advocates’ room at the court building in Kadikoy, Turkey. He was tall and old and grey. My knee cap had been broken by men who were attempting to seize an old campsite on the … Read More »

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Oscar Pistorius – Ethical Realism and Legal Careers 2

I have sympathy for Oscar Pistorius, today found not guilty of murder (though guilty of culpable homicide/manslaughter). He stood by his account of events through five days of cross examination. His defence advocate, Barry Roux, in his cross examination of … Read More »

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