Writing the Bar

What Third Years Need to Know About Taking the Bar Exams   In a word, nothing. Seriously. There isn’t a lot of talk about the bar exam during law school, which seems strange, because isn’t that what it’s all about? To be a lawyer, you have to pass the bar, and you go to law …

“This is why I love my job”:

Black Lives Matter and the Optics of Justice A little over a week ago, Black Lives Matter Toronto staged a demonstration at City Hall to protest a decision by the Special Investigations Unit not to criminally charge the officer who shot and killed Andrew Loku last summer. Many see the death of Andrew Loku, a …

The Truth is Out There

What the X-Files Reboot Tells us About the Persistence of the Gendered Wage Gap Bradley Cooper made headlines last autumn when he vowed to do more to address the gendered wage gap by working with his female co-stars to negotiate for equal pay for lead roles in films. His remarks came in response to Jennifer …

An Inquiry into Judge Robin Camp

Gender still influential in perceptions of “fair process” On 7 January, it was announced that Alberta Attorney General Kathleen Ganley has moved for the Canadian Judicial Council to skip the review panel phase of its investigation into the conduct of Federal Court Judge Robin Camp and move directly into the formal inquiry phase. Camp made …

Waiting for Trudeau

Do we have a Progressive New Prime Minister, or is it just a Honeymoon Period? From Syrian refugees to Indigenous relations to climate change, Canada’s new Liberal government’s policies have been a radical departure from the Harper government’s way of doing things – and these policies have got the international community talking. A new year, …

Paul Bernardo on Amazon

Are companies required to bridge the gap between morality and legality? Convicted murderer Paul Bernardo made headlines this month when it became known that he had self-published a fictional e-book. The novel, titled A MAD World Order, is an allegedly violent thriller involving Mexican drug cartels and Russian agents, and became available for purchase on …

American Attack on Kunduz Hospital

When is a War Crime not a War Crime? On 15 October, international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)—better known in the English-speaking world as Doctors Without Borders—launched a petition to encourage the United States to consent to an independent investigation into the American bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan. On 3 October, American …

Volkswagen’s Emissions Scandal

In what’s shaping up to be the biggest auto industry shake-up of the decade, Volkswagen’s (VW) emissions scandal has—by this point —obliterated over 30 billion USD of the company’s shares, and forced CEO Martin Winterkorn to resign. In late September, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that VW cars being sold in the US …

Public vs Private

The Ethics of Regulating Robot Sex The summer of 2015 has been a monumental season for robots. Just this July, a robotics company called Softbank released a humanoid robot that it claims is able to sense users’ emotions. Even more impressive, scientists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York developed a robot that broke …