Monthly Archives: July 2008

Congratulations Chief Justice French!

His Honour has just been appointed the next Chief Justice of the High Court. He is a very experienced judge who has served for over 20 years on the Federal Court. Nice to have a Western Australian as CJ as well! It will be interesting to see if there will be any change in the culture […]

Change to UK law on provocation

Almost two years ago now, I wrote a post on the defence of provocation, and how it tends to favour males who “lose it” and kill rather than women. This is not a conscious gender bias, but just something which has happened because of the different way in which men and women (generally) behave, and […]

Be upstanding, Adam Smith

Last year, I discussed efforts to ensure that Adam Smith had an appropriate memorial in Edinburgh, where he was a central figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. I’m pleased to report that Smith’s statue is now up. Unusually, the statue was built entirely by private subscription, with particular input from Britain’s Adam Smith Institute, and was […]


My daughter is usually really good when we’re out and about. She loves to have an adoring audience. Yes, she’ll throw the occasional small tantrum, but it’s usually quickly resolved. Yesterday was the exception. I really needed to get groceries because the cupboard was bare after our overseas trip. Things started out fine until we […]

Facebook: eats friends and leaves…

This is a bit awkward, but I figure a post is the best way to sort it. I’ve currently got 9 ‘friend’ requests sitting on my Facebook page, a couple of which are from people with familiar names. Unfortunately, I can’t be sure they’re people I actually know, so they’ve been left in cyber-limbo for […]

Pepper crab

After my serious post on the conference, I thought I might also tell you about one of my favourite experiences in Singapore – eating chilli crab and black pepper crab. Absolutely delicious. I think I liked the pepper crab best, although the chilli crab was also really good, particularly when you dipped that little fried […]

The Goals of Private Law

Well, I’m back from my conference, and all went better than I could have hoped with my talk. Lots of questions afterwards, but that’s pleasing in itself (it means that there’s something there which makes people think). It was interesting that my own talk fitted in with the general tenor of the conference. In essence, there is […]

Missing, lost in Edinburgh

Well, I arrived yesterday after one of those extraordinary cock-ups only the British railway system seems capable of producing. That said, the worst train experience I ever had was in Provence, where first the airconditioning and then the signal died on the hottest day of summer. I’ve not forgotten elderly and rather overdressed French mesdames […]

I have succumbed.

Don’t diss the Dog, bro – guest post by DeusExMacintosh

[Regular commenter DeusExMacintosh has been noting with some interest commentary around the intertubes on the relationship between Islam, the disabled and – most important – disabled people who need Assistance Dogs to help with independent living. This is something about which she is uniquely well qualified to comment. DEM lives in the UK, where British […]