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Judge Neil Gorsuch: A Reply to Nicholas Bamforth

Nick Barber 23rd March 2017

At the start of March, Nick Bamforth wrote a blog post for this site examining Judge Neil Gorsuch’s ‘Academic Pedigree’.  With the hearings on Gorsuch underway, I thought it might be worth revisiting that post to consider what are, and what are not, potentially fair criticisms of Gorsuch’s candidature. Bamforth’s post argues that there are […]

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New Zealand Supreme Court Recognises Fiduciary Duties To Enforce Collective Indigenous Rights

David V Williams 22nd March 2017

Judgments were delivered by the New Zealand Supreme Court on 28 February 2017 in Wakatu v Attorney-General. The High Court and Court of Appeal decisions had relied on the notion that “political trusts” between the Crown and indigenous Maori at the outset of colonialism were political compacts unenforceable in law. The Supreme Court reversed the […]

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A Gap opens for South Africa to do Right on the ICC

Max du Plessis 12th March 2017

The South African government deposited on 7 March 2017 with the UN Secretary General a document that is as embarrassing as it is telling.  The document is headed: “South Africa: Withdrawal of Notification of Withdrawal”.  It comes on the back of a successful challenge in the High Court to the government’s unilateral and surprise lodging […]

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Judge Gorsuch’s Academic Pedigree

Nicholas Bamforth 7th March 2017

In articles published on 4th February 2017, the Times and Guardian newspapers drew attention to the intellectual influence of Oxford legal theorist John Finnis on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. Both newspapers highlighted Finnis’s deeply conservative views on the legal rights of LGBTQ citizens, including his opposition to same-sex marriage. Finnis is one […]

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Norms and Conventions Meet Donald Trump

Neil Siegel 2nd March 2017

I previously promised evidence that Donald Trump disrespected norms designed to discipline presidential candidates and has since flouted constitutional conventions designed to keep partisanship within reasonable bounds, ensure governmental competence and accountability, and maintain trust in government.  Space limitations permit only illustrative examples. Here are some norms that Trump violated during the campaign: Notwithstanding norms of […]

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