“Are Supreme Court Justices just Politicians in Fancy Dress?” (LBP Runner-Up 2022)

By Andrew B. The New York Times headline during the recent Ketanji Brown Jackson Supreme Court confirmation hearings was: Confirmation Hearings, Once Focused on Law, Are Now Mired in Politics. MSNBC headlined an article Clarence Thomas is a Politician criticising his posing with a Republican senate candidate at the Supreme Court . During an oralContinue reading ““Are Supreme Court Justices just Politicians in Fancy Dress?” (LBP Runner-Up 2022)”

“The US and China are on an inevitable path towards conflict.” (LBP Commended 2022)

By Stanley G. “Let China sleep; when she wakes, she will shake the world.” — Napoleon, 1817 Predictions on the likelihood of conflict between the US and China must operate within the prism of relative decline; that is to say, the awareness of the likelihood of US decline relative to Chinese growth. This decline canContinue reading ““The US and China are on an inevitable path towards conflict.” (LBP Commended 2022)”

“The Problems With The US’s Supreme Court”

By Alex B. The overturning of Roe v Wade on the 9th of May 2022 highlighted a major problem the US constitution has in protecting the rights of its citizens, a feature which it looked to guarantee in its codification 1789. The key issue is the process of appointment for new Supreme court judges, whichContinue reading ““The Problems With The US’s Supreme Court””

“The Beginning Of The End”

By Danny Moran Upon the ruling of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade [1973], and subsequently Planned Parenthood v. Casey [1992], Clarence Thomas (an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States) has called on the court to overrule three key civil rights rulings including: Griswold v Connecticut [1965], LawrenceContinue reading ““The Beginning Of The End””

“Are populist parties a threat to democracy?” (Macmillan Prize Winner 2022)

By Ivan A. Abstract In the opening pages of Eatwell and Goodwin’s National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, populism is defined as a political ideology that excels at “prioritising the culture and interests of the nation”. It targets a select “people” who often feel neglected “by distant and corrupt elites” and promises to giveContinue reading ““Are populist parties a threat to democracy?” (Macmillan Prize Winner 2022)”

“Should strong states have a duty to intervene in a country whose government is inflicting violence against its own citizens?” (Macmillan Prize Runner-Up 2022)

By Grey G. It may seem obvious that a strong state has a duty and should have a duty to intervene in a country whose government is inflicting violence against its own citizens. Surely when a government is, or is planning on committing a genocide, a strong state should intervene as, being “strong”, it hasContinue reading ““Should strong states have a duty to intervene in a country whose government is inflicting violence against its own citizens?” (Macmillan Prize Runner-Up 2022)”

Reflections On A Supreme Court Remedy: Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation

Opinions Presented: “The Beginning Of The End” – Danny Moran “The Problems With The US’s Supreme Court” – Alex Buchanan “A Constitutional Game of Whodunnit?” – Ivan Ampiah “Is There A Constitutional Right To Abortion?” – Grey Godsal

Is there a constitutional right to abortion?

By Grey G. Well, the current Supreme Court would argue there isn’t. Last week they overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade (1973) case which had recognised the constitutional right to abortion. So, is there is a constitutional right to abortion, and if so, why was Roe v. Wade overturned? And if there isn’t a constitutionalContinue reading “Is there a constitutional right to abortion?”

A Constitutional Game of Whodunnit?

By Ivan A. “One prominent constitutional scholar wrote that he “would vote for a statute very much like the one the Court end[ed] up drafting” if he were “a legislator,” but his assessment of Roe was memorable and brutal: Roe was “not constitutional law” at all and gave “almost no sense of an obligation toContinue reading “A Constitutional Game of Whodunnit?”

ORDER! – Edition 1 – 18th May

This week’s edition looks at PMQs, the Queen’s Speech, the latest set of scandals and the standstill in Northern Ireland’s Assembly. PMQs 18th May In last week’s round of PMQs, the main issue of debate was the cost of living crisis. Keir Starmer opened his set of questions by advocating for a windfall tax onContinue reading “ORDER! – Edition 1 – 18th May”