6th February 2017

Normal Monday here, with three one hour lectures/plenaries: introduction to law and society, obligations and public law.

ILS was very interesting, with a new lecturer. Today the focus was mixed methodology in legal research, drawing upon normative, doctrinal, empirical, economic, comparative and socio-legal ideas. The lecture focused on the topic of permanent vegetative state patients and the use of artificial nutrition and hydration/life support (commonly known as CANH I think.) We also explored the effects of declaratory relief on patients, doctors, families of PVS patients, the courts and the general public.

Obligations was led by a different lecturer (what’s the word for someone who leads plenaries? Plenerier? Plener? Ah well) who explained vicarious liability. In employer/employee relationships, I found myself making comparisons to the pub I worked in (back home) and making good links and notes. Funny that my notes are covered in little sarcastic scribbles like when the lecturer cited himself for FIVE different articles he’d written (“lol self promo”, “really????” “STAHP” etc etc). Also, there were loads of cases about sexual abuse as examples, horrific in details but key cases for understandinformation vicarious liability – which I think I get🎉

Finally public law, a plenary I’ve been known to skip as it’s the last dragging hour of a Monday and sometimes the plenaries are a little dull. I find the topics really interesting, such as today with “asylum seekers and the battle between government and the judiciary”. Highly relevant to this week’s PBL (problem based learning, it’s this VERY time consuming but fun way to independently research and learn about relevant law) problem – which we named Snitches Get Stitches. (I’ll explain about the naming process at a later date.) I find it amazing how interlinked politics and public law are, especially when faced with contraversial issues such as immigration and asylum seekers and refugees. Fun fact of the day: Germany has approximately 781,000 refugees and the UK 41,000.


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