Law and human rights

Law, properly speaking, is something that can be discoverable by reason, that enacts "justice", which in turn is the rendering to each and everyone of their just rights. To be "equal before the law" is to have these just rights upheld for everyone without discrimination. Something that sets one over another such as force is implied…

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From Zero to Life in 28 Days

There’s a mechanism for implementing some legislation, for example, for adding extra substances to the schedules of the Misuse of Drugs Act that define what severity of punishment may be meted out by the government and its agents for their possession or trade, called an “Order in Council”. It needs no consultation, in effect, other…

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Drug Control, the Harm Principle and Limits to Legitimate State Intervention

Drug Control, the Harm Principle and Limits to Legitimate State Intervention

[Another of my coursework essays, from last semester.  My own choice of title.  Very enjoyable working on it again, but yet again, probably a title that could have justified double the word limit!] Legal prohibitions, broadly defined as “the outlawing of the manufacture, distribution, sale or provision of particular goods and services by consenting adults,”…

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Law without legislators

Law without legislators

[an edited version of this has just been published in the (subscription only) New Law Journal and now also at the Halsbury Law Exchange blog] Like nearly everyone else I have lived most of my life not thinking to question that we need a government in order to create and enforce the law, to preserve the peace…

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