In a previous post, I pointed out that appointments to the US Supreme Court typically excite far more interest than appointments to the UK Supreme Court. One reason for this is that the US Supreme Court plays a central role in the political life of the United States when it rules on whether legislation is “constitutional”. As
In an earlier post, I mentioned Lord Sumption’s suggestion that prospective lawyers would be better off doing a non-Law degree and then converting to Law later on. It’s interesting, then, that – according to this post on the UK Supreme Court Blog – most of the present Supreme Court Justices studied Law (or Jurisprudence) at university.
This is the second of Jack Williams’s guest posts (the first one is here). In this post, Jack suggests some fiction books that aspiring Law students might want to read, and offers some further thoughts on what to expect of a Law degree course. You may not have expected to find fiction amongst your suggested
A lot of human rights law is concerned with deciding on the balance that can lawfully be struck between an individual’s right, on the one hand, and the interests of other individuals or the wider community, on the other. (Eg does my “right to protest” entitle me to lie in the middle of a busy road,
Here’s an interesting post from the Free Movement blog, concerning a recent story in the Daily Mail. The story concerned a tribunal decision about whether human rights law prevented the deportation of an asylum-seeker convicted of raping a 12 year old girl. The Free Movement post is interesting for two reasons. First, it is a useful reminder that
This guest post is by Jack Williams. He completed his Law degree at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, earlier this summer. In this post, Jack makes some suggestions about what, as a prospective Law student, you should be thinking about and reading. Many, if not most, of you will never have studied any Law before, not
We’re all familiar with films and TV programmes in which a witness is demolished through tough cross-examination by the other side’s lawyer. But what if the witness is a child – how should he or she be questioned? The Guardian has just published this extract from Children and Cross-Examination – a new book by one of
The Supreme Court has given judgment in two cases today concerning the immigration rules. The judgments have been described as “perhaps the most important in immigration law since the Immigration Act 1971 was passed”. So what were the cases about – and why are they so significant? The Immigration Act is the legal framework for
Here’s a link to an interesting, short (15 minute) BBC programme about how the coalition works. It’s an interview with the authors of a new book called The Politics of Coalition.
It is reported in the Guardian today that: An explosive transcript of one of Tony Blair’s final conversations with George Bush before the invasion of Iraq may be suppressed by the coalition government, Whitehall sources have confirmed. How will the Government do this, given that the Information Tribunal has already ruled that the transcript should be released under the Freedom of Information