Hi LLM students
Thank you to all those students who attended the excellent lecture from 2nd Secretary at the US Embassy, Suriya Jayanti and thanks especially to SURI I think you’ll agree that it was an interesting and thought-provoking lecture and left us with lots of things to compare and follow-up on. I hope you enjoyed it. Please feel free to leave a reply and let us know your thoughts.
We will meet on Wednesday to draw some comparisons between France, the UK, the US and Kuwait. Please try to bring some notes about courts, lawyers and judges in Kuwait so we can make some comparisons.
Hi LLM students
I was told this evening that there is a mid-term for the Islamic banking course this week so my deadline for the research proposals is not very convenient. I am happy to extend it to Monday if you wish. Please bear in mind that the proposals should be printed and either handed to me in class on Monday or placed under my office door.
Dear Current Legal Issues students
In class yesterday I said that if you want to try to write a sample opinion (in response to the one I handed out on Thursday 6 March) then you should do so. I think it is really important to practice using the law that we have learnt in class to solve a problem. This is called ‘problem-based learning’ and it is well-known to be a good way to learn about the law and to learn how to apply the law.
I am attaching the sample problem again here Sample problem 1 in case you didn’t pick it up in class. Please take some time to look it over at home. Try to draft a response to it by using the law that we have learnt about. In particular, you should refer to Article 2 and Article 51 of the UN Charter, and try to use the Caroline and the Nicaragua cases as well.
I have written a draft, sample response. I will hand that out in class to anyone who submits a draft opinion before class on Tuesday.
All the best.
Hello Current Legal Issues students
Here is the latest slideshow: Lecture 7 Anticipatory self-defense
This slideshow focuses on one particular aspect of self-defense. It’s about something called “Anticipatory self-defense”. We will look at it this week and finish it next week if we don’t manage to cover it all this week.
So the plan is this week to begin ‘Anticipatory self-defense’ today, then do some revision on Tuesday and the 5% test on Thursday. Then next week we will continue with ‘Anticipatory self-defense’ and then move on to a couple of other topics.
Please feel free to download and print the slides. Leave a comment if you like.
Hi LLM students
If you want to read about the US Supreme Court, so that you can compare it with the courts of last resort in the UK, France or Kuwait, please feel free to check out their homepage here.
You will notice that they have a lot of information on their homepage. Does the Kuwaiti Court of Cassation have a similar homepage? If so, please leave a reply and post a link to it.
Here’s a photo of the current Supreme Court Justices:
US SUPreme Court
You can also click here to read biographies about the individual Justices. The head of the court is called the Chief Justice and the other 8 are called Associate Justices. Leave a comment if you see anything interesting when you read the bios.
If you want to hear a recent news clip about upcoming cases before the US Supreme Court, click here. Its a short video on Fox News which highlights some upcoming cases of interest in the Supreme Court.
kindly can you check the website in your free time because am trying to download lecture 1 and 2 and 3 in current legal issue course but I couldn’t
plus I would like to thank you for your efforts and your support through the provision of this program and the website that you use it , Hope all the DR be the same
wish you the best in your life
Saturday 8 March 2014 is “International Women’s Day”. Here is a link of interest.
There is an excellent video featuring 3 women leaders in the law available on this page. It’s a long video but its really interesting. I really liked Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s comments on “unconscious bias” and “work-life balance” from about the 20 minute mark in the video. Have a listen to part or all of the video if you are interested in women’s role in the law. There’s also an interesting discussion on work-life balance and the help that these women received at home to help them rise to the top of their professions. Affirmative action is discussed at about 32 mins onwards. So many interesting issues regarding women and the law in this video. At about 58 mins, Sherin Ebadi talks about women as judges in Islamic countries. At 1 hour 1 minute in the video, Justice Ellen Gracie Northfleet from Brazil argues that being a woman judge makes a difference – that women do the job differently. Its a fascinating video. Take some time and listen to these speakers and form your own opinion.
The three women in the video are very interesting. A brief summary of them:
The chair is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the second women to be appointed to the US Supreme Court. The woman to her right is Sherin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer and former judge and winner of the Nobel Prize in 2003. Read more about her here. The woman to Justice Ginsberg’s left is Justice Ellen Gracie Northfleet, the first woman to be appointed to Brazil’s Supreme COurt, and its first woman President. Read more about her here.
If you click on either link, feel free to leave a comment.
I was reading today a global review of the ‘rule of law’ across 99 counties. The index is produced by the World Justice Project and their latest report is available by clicking here. The resort is quite interesting reading. They define what they mean by the rule of law and they explain the criteria that they use in their research. Unfortunately Kuwait and most Arab countries are not included but its still an interesting read. If you look at the rankings in the report, let me know if you can see anything in particular about the countries in the top 10. Your comments, as always, are most welcome.
Hi LLM students
This is a gentle reminder that research proposals are due by the end of next week (i.e. by Thursday 13th March). Please can you re-read the task sheet before you submit. It is here: Research proposals task-sheet
Please note that there should be at least 5 elements/sections in the proposal:
These are all explained in the task-sheet.
As for the last one, the timeline, we will begin the oral presentations on Monday 14th and continue again on Wednesday 16th April. So, you need to aim to be ready to present by Monday 14th April. Essays should also be completed and handed in on Monday 14th. Please consider these dates when writing your timeline of what you aim to do and by when. For example, you might state that you aim to complete your research by xx March, then you will write your first draft by xx month, then submit your final draft by 14th April.
If you have any questions or comments please leave a reply. If you have trouble doing that, email me and I will try to register you as a new user.
Hi LLM students
Just a reminder that our guest on Monday will speak on the topics of federalism and appointment of judges. She may also mention juries and other matters. To prepare for the class, please read some of the links provided in my earlier post a week ago. You can download the reading material from the US State Department’s website in either English or Arabic. Feel free to bring it with you to class.
Please make a note of some questions that you’d like to ask Ms Suriya Jayanti. She will speak for 20-30 minutes then take your questions. You can ask questions about the material in her lecture, or about the US legal system in general.
Please take notes during her lecture because I will not lecture separately on the US legal system - the two guests that we have coming from the US Embassy will cover the material and so if there is something that you really want to ask about, this will be the best opportunity. You should be thinking of the comparisons between the US and the other two systems that we have already covered. When you are reading before the lecture, and when you are in the lecture, try to make comparisons to see what’s similar and what’s different between the US and the other legal systems.
I hope to see you all at 4.30 on Monday 10th March inshaAllah. There should be tea, coffee and sweets available before and after, so if you can arrive 5 mins early or stay 5 mins afterwards that would be great.