Tag Archives: causation

When does the reasonable person eat chips?

Recently the High Court has had to decide when it was likely that a person might eat hot chips. Seriously. In Strong v Woolworths [2012] HCA 5, the unfortunate plaintiff slipped and fell on a hot chip which had been left on the ground outside Big W at Centro Taree Shopping Centre. She suffered serious […]

‘Once we suffered from crimes; now we suffer from laws’

… Tacitus, shortly after the Praetorian Edict, hitherto subject to an annual sunset clause, was enacted in perpetuum, thereby ending most substantive Roman legal innovation and, arguably, Roman societal and scientific innovation as well. Hold that thought. Law has limits I Russell Blackford, toiling alone, has attempted to draw our attention away from the Melinda […]

Miss Manners and playing the victim

Since we no longer live in an age defined by Debrett’s, etiquette is turning into something of a minefield: it is difficult, even impossible, to work out exactly what one should do in many situations. This seems to apply particularly to matters of romance, which perhaps accounts for at least part of the boom in […]