Category Archives: Criminal Law

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 Need for a Criminal Code – Academics to the Rescue 8

The teaching of criminal law could be assisted by using the structure of a draft criminal code;  and in the assessment process we might ask students to draft and criticise sections of a model code.  This also gives students experience of … Read More »

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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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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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The challenges of Equality and Diversity

As we all know, Equality and Diversity should be firmly embedded in the curriculum and part of the lecturer’s planning and scheme of work. However, there are some little challenges that you just don’t think of when you’re planning a … Read More »

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