“Fourteen days to flatten the curve” has become fourteen months of regulatory variants which have decimated the law’s social predictability

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I can still remember the very first thing Mr. Shane, my grade 10 legal studies teacher, did when I entered his class 25 years ago. He had written something out on the board, and while many struggled to read his poor handwriting, my barrier to understanding was my youthful nescience of Latin.

Ignorantia legis neminem excusat.” Most will be familiar with this legal maxim’s English translation: “Ignorance of the law excuses no one.”

I may have taken a roundabout route…


Legal principles in building the case against the cop who killed George Floyd

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In a news conference held yesterday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison upgraded the charges laid against Derek Chauvin, the officer who had restrained George Floyd until his death. In his statement, Ellison was unequivocal that while he believes they have a case to make for murder in the second-degree, that “winning a conviction will not be easy.

Millions of Americans will be watching this case as it unfolds, hoping that their ideas of justice will be materialized in the courtroom. As a law student, I have a…


Canadians are conflicted between saving the world and saving their wallets

The 43rd Canadian general election is now in the books, and while the result was largely predicted by pollsters, there are many Canadians who felt that they lost in this election. Canada’s post-election divide is clearly illustrated on the electoral map between regions which care about the environment and those which care about increased economic prosperity.

Canada’s electoral map after the 43rd general election. (Elections Canada)

Justin Trudeau will return as prime minister, albeit with a reduced Liberal caucus in a minority Parliament. …


An essential introduction to Common Law told through some of the great cases that have shaped our understanding of justice

The cover of “Is Eating People Wrong: Great Legal Cases and How they Shaped the World”, written by Canadian law professor Allan C. Hutchinson.

I was nine-years-old when I first picked up a textbook from a small-town public library. It was a book meant for middle-school students which provided an introduction to Canadian law — illustrated and complete with those “You Be the Judge” exercises at the end of every chapter. The name of the book escapes me, but it is memorable for two reasons: it was the only book that I read from cover-to-cover in a single-sitting, and it opened my eyes to the fascinating world of constitutional law.

Ever since that day, going to law school has been a bucket-list item of…


An interesting, first-hand glimpse into the 18th century Joseon royal court by one of history’s most underrated women

Front cover for the second translated edition of The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong, translated by famed Korean scholar JaHyun Kim Haboush.

The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong is a unique piece of writing, written by a woman who was an underrated political operative at a time of rising political influence for women in Joseon. The work is comprised of four memoirs, all dedicated to different people serving a prescribed political purpose. Many of the ideas expressed by Lady Hyegyong were well-ahead of her time.

Lady Hyegyong was born in Hanyang (modern-day Seoul) in 1735, the third child of a noble, but frugal family. Her paternal family, coming from the Andong Hong clan, had been influential in Joseon politics for generations. …


Why Canadians Across the Country May Want to Pay Attention

Another winter is coming to an end in Canada. We know this because in addition to the blooming flowers, Canadian snowbirds are once again journeying Northward to warmer Canadian temperatures.

For claims examiners working throughout Canada’s travel insurance industry; however, a busy period is now in full swing. Canadian snowbirds may account for a huge chunk of private travel insurance premiums, but they also account for the biggest proportion of claims. Thousands of out-of-country medical claims are opened throughout the winter, and now the review of the bulk of those claims begins in earnest.

View of Phuket from the Bangkok Hospital in Thailand. (Source: Will House, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

While the claims examiners are hard…

James Somaeck

James Somaeck is an LL.B candidate pursuing his legal studies at the University of London. Legal articles are opinions, not legal advice.

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