There is no I in Law

A plea for collaboration Whether you’re just starting out at Osgoode, entering 2L, 3LOLing or an LLM student, one thing is almost certainly clear to you by now: law school is competitive. Most classes are graded on a bell curve, there’s some kind of articling crisis happening, and there are only so many spots in club executives, moot …

Started as a writer now I’m here

Some FAQs with your Editor-in-Chief Hello Osgoode!  My name is Erin and it is my honour to introduce myself as the Obiter Dicta’s Editor-in-Chief for the 2016-2017 year. From my humble beginnings as a Staff Writer in 1L to running the editing cycle as the Managing Editor last year, I have come to love the Obiter and I am so excited to now be at …

Reflections on the Pursuit of Perfection

It all begins with four years of political science, economics, engineering, or maybe even art and design. At this stage, we stand out from those around us. Earning straight-A’s comes easily and most of us graduate at the top of our class with a 4.0 GPA. Some might immediately turn their attention toward the LSAT …

Misogyny, Music, Malaise

Free Kesha To be honest, this isn’t the editorial I planned to write this issue. Rather than a riveting ride through the necessity defence and illegal environmental activism (stay tuned!), I felt compelled to write about Kesha and what’s happening to her. In case you’re unaware—after being under contract with Dr. Luke as part of …

Let’s Talk About Lifting the Cloak of Secrecy

This past Wednesday marked the sixth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day, a public awareness campaign designed to break the silence around mental illness across Canada. This leads me to speak of several recent student submissions to the Obiter. We received powerful and deeply personal stories about mental illness whose authors requested that their names not …

A Brave New Obiter Dicta

Checking in at the mid-way point of my term as Editor-in-Chief to review the year so far, and look ahead to the upcoming semester. When I started at Osgoode in 2013, I was drawn to the Obiter Dicta because it offered an open and inviting opportunity both for writing, and as a student organization to …

Circumventing Geo-blocks

Using TPM Protections to Label Consumers as Thieves The first battle cry was heard this past summer when Bell Media president Mary Ann Turcke announced that “it has to become socially unacceptable to admit to another human being that you are VPNing into U.S. Netflix.” And with that bold proclamation, a gauntlet had been thrown …

The Roots of Legal-Hate

In law school, there is no shortage of attention dedicated to the problems with the legal system. There are students, lawyers, and faculty working on access to justice, legal innovation, legal system reform, and legal aid projects. Ample opportunities exist to hear speakers, engage in workshops, and participate in conferences all aimed at improving the …