Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Spot the Difference

If you've written for the "popular" press in the last week try this little exercise. See if you can spot the difference between this and this. Then try applying your new found knowledge to the Chindamo judgment.

Then you might like to try:
The Chindamo case

Human Rights - once more with feeling
Learco Chindamo and the law

Finally, you might be surprised to discover that it is possible to write a reasonably balanced and (shock horror!) accurate report. Try The Guardian and The Times.

This exercise is available free of charge, even if you are a lowly Secretary of State for Justice or a humble Leader of the Opposition. Not too hard was it?


Reggae Barrister said...

Thanks for the comment. I have been over all those thoughts in my head and still decided to stick with let's hope I succeed. I WILL!

As for the Chindamo case, it is really a test, in terms of people's reaction, as to what extent is the rule of law important or should we forget about laws and follow biased and partial waylines just because "it doesn't seem right". By Jove, I feel for the Lawrence family but human rights and specifically absolute human rights were conceived and formulated for a reason. I am proud of the AIT for their decision, it shows some backbone and confidence in the rule of law.

Disclaimer: I am a lowly 1st yr law student (and u know the rest) if I am talking a barrel of $@## please let me know and set me str8.

The Chief said...

It's also a good illustration of how easy it is for a particular scapegoat (in this case the Human Rights Act) to be blamed for an unwanted result (at least from one perspective), when really the decision that Chindamo can't be deported is based on EU law (Directive 2004/38). Given that many of the fiercest critics of HRA are also Eurosceptics I'm surprised they haven't seized on that too.

Studying in Jamaica must be really difficult at the moment, keep at it and you will succeed. I would never try to dissuade you. As long as you are realistic about the demands of the course and what you can do then you'll be fine. Let us know if there's any advice I can offer.

Reggae Barrister said...

Are you kidding? I welcome all advice grounded in strong research and supported by facts or your simple/complex thoughts. I am doing Crim Law, Contracts, English Legal System and Pub Law (which seems to be your purview). If there is a pertinent current topic that I have failed to raise on my blog, please let me know or invite me to a discussion on a topic, especially if I have not commented.

Thanks for the words, knowing that there are people out there with at least the slightest interest in what may become of my quest is impetus sufficient to spur on my efforts.

There is not much difficulty studying here except that it is your law and some history that you grew up with , we have to learn now and assimilate it to our studies. But there are teaching institutions endorsed by the Univeristy that offer tutelage in the subjects (I chose not to use them) and books are fairly easy to get, not as accessible as for a student in UK. Plus with globalization, technology and all that jazz, I have resources to more or less keep me up-to-date on the issues. The onus is on me to get them and use them well.

The reading has been hell, its as if I can't catch up. But I am taking it one step at a time. Keep in touch.

Richard Elliot said...

Where's September's post? :-)