28 September 2013

The 'R' in Case Names

In today's post I write about the 'R' in case names. This is one of many legal peculiarities that becomes familiar very quickly. It is important to understand these peculiarities because they are the basics in law.

26 September 2013

Words for Writing: Because

'Because' is an incredibly useful word.* Good writing is difficult without it. Fiction and poetry can get away with its absence but solid non-fiction--especially law--is almost impossible without this seven-letter word. This post explores how to introduce reasons with 'because' in your own work.

21 September 2013

R v Levkovic: Fish J's Satisfactory Reasons

This is a case analysis for R v Levkovic, posted with two aims. First, the case is an example of good legal argument and writing. I aim to draw attention to its best points. Second, the case is complicated. I aim to explain the case simply. Both these aims are attempted simultaneously through the analysis.

Be warned, this case's facts are contentious and upsetting.

18 September 2013

Lord Bingham on Statutory Interpretation

This post examines two points on statutory interpretation made by Lord Bingham, which may aid one's understanding of the process. These remarks are worth considering by students who must apply legislation. Lord Bingham indicates that to be creative is good. But one should not extend ideas beyond what is legally acceptable.

14 September 2013

Lord Hope on 'Writing Judgments'

This is a short post inspired by Lord Hope's 'Writing Judgments'. In his 2005 Judicial Studies Board Annual Lecture, Lord Hope examines judgment-writing's requirements, who is best at such writing, and some issues and praise to watch out for.

12 September 2013

Discriminate! Selecting Material for Analysis

This article delivers the promise in a recent post-map. I examine discrimination in its analytical sense and consider how law students may profit from it. Graham Ferris considers educational theory in relation to John Dewey, then remarks that discrimination precedes analysis.1 Karl Llewellyn considers discrimination in a similar sense as Ferris, but writes about it with different words.2

7 September 2013

Climbing the Mountain: How to Simplify Reading Goals

In a recent post, I considered an evolutionary biology metaphor's usefulness for learning law.1 In this post, I take that idea a step further, and show how climbing a mountain's slope is easier than scaling its cliffs. R (The Plantagenet Alliance Ltd) v SS for Justice and the University of Leicester is examined.

2 September 2013

Quartered Curricula: Themes for Pedagogy (book review)

The Process of Education by Jerome S Bruner (pp 97, Vintage 1960)

In light of my recent post-map this essay exposits Bruner's, The Process of Education.1 The book is a lucid account for a scholarly meeting in 1959 where scholars discussed teaching science's methods and content (vii). Though dated, four themes were derived and are still relevant to learning and curriculum design today.