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Monthly Archives: October 2010

4 year old sued for negligence

Via the Obligations Discussion Group, I heard that a Manhattan judge has ruled that a four-year-old can be sued for negligence. Yes, seriously. The New York Times reports: Citing cases dating back as far as 1928, a judge has ruled that a young girl accused of running down an elderly woman while racing a bicycle […]

Vilu Riff: Celebrant Didi drops resort in doodoo

Police in the Maldives are to launch an investigation after a foreign couple who thought they were renewing marriage vows were in fact being subjected to a torrent of abuse. A video has emerged of the unidentified Western couple taking part in the ceremony at the Vilu Reef resort. Instead of words of blessing, the […]

Con-textual Analysis

Ministers have criticised Boris Johnson for saying he would not allow “Kosovo-style social cleansing” in London, amid a row over housing benefit reforms. Many London MPs are concerned the £400-a-week cap will force people out of the city and the Conservative mayor said that would not happen “on my watch”. Vince Cable accused the mayor […]

Law Evolves

As those of you who’ve participated in my Bring Laws & Gods reading circle know, I’ve had to spend quite a bit of time working out where I thought Roman law would have gone had the Romans had an industrial revolution. Now their law was pretty sophisticated, as law goes. In many ways, it was […]

In other news, people will not pay for content

From the BBC: These are tough times for newspapers. They are losing readers and advertising to the internet and desperately trying to find solutions that will save their businesses in the longterm. Rupert Murdoch thinks the answer is to charge for his papers’ content online, putting The Times, the Sunday Times and, most recently, the […]

Abuse of process and damages claims

In discussions on the DJs sexual harassment case, I have seen a tendency for people to excuse Fraser-Kirk’s $37M claim for punitive damages. The idea seems to be, “Well, they treated her outrageously; why should she not make an outrageous damages claim against them? After all, it’s small change for them.” This post is an […]

Mel’s question

During the course of what is now a lengthy thread on the future and role of the humanities in higher education, Mel asked me a very thought-provoking question. It runs as follows: SL, do you have any thoughts on the theories and theoreticians popular in the humanities that derive in whole or in part from […]

Wouldn’t it just?

Five cases of cholera have been detected in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, the UN says, amid an outbreak that has killed more than 200 people… More than a million survivors of Haiti’s devastating January earthquake are crowded into tent cities around Port-au-Prince with poor sanitary conditions and little access to clean drinking water. Those in the […]

First cut is the deepest

In an attempt to drain the pus from the festering debate between science and religion — mainly over things like the teaching of ‘intelligent design’ in US schools — paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould came up with the notion of ‘Non Overlapping Magisteria’. He argued that: The magisterium of science covers the empirical realm: what the Universe is […]