Meyer on Sisyphus and the Clockmaker: Two Views of the Rule of Law in Keally McBride's "Mr. Mothercountry: The Man Who Made the Rule of Law

Linda Ross Meyer, Quinnipiac University School of Law, has published Sisyphus and the Clockmaker: Two Views of the Rule of Law in Keally McBride’s ‘Mr. Mothercountry: The Man Who Made the Rule of Law’. Here is the abstract. This essay is an engagement with Keally McBride’s excellent book, “Mr. Mothercountry: The Man Who Made the Rule of Law,” and argues that the rule of law is not a law of rules, but a culture of self-restraint and humility. Download the article from SSRN at the link. Source link

Pier Giuseppe Monateri, Political Sublime and the World Order (Hart Publishing, 2018) @hartpublishing

This monograph makes a seminal contribution to existing literature on the importance of Roman law in the development of political thought in Europe. In particular it examines the expression ‘dominus mundi’, following it through the texts of the medieval jurists – the Glossators and Post-Glossators – up to the political thought of Hobbes. Understanding the concept of dominus mundi sheds light on how medieval jurists understood ownership of individual things; it is more complex than it might seem; and this book investigates these complexities. The book also offers important new…

Virgin announce extension on new build residential products

Virgin Money has announced that it has increased the maximum LTV on new build residential mortgages to 90% and launched a new range of fixed rate products. The lender also confirmed that new build mortgage offers will now be valid for seven months, with an option to extend open offers for a further seven months where the construction of the property is not completed. New 90% LTV products are available from 2.19% fixed for two years, 2.44% fixed for three years and 2.85%…

Karen Raber, Shakespeare and Posthumanist Theory (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018) @BloomsburyBooks @olemissenglish

New from Bloomsbury Publishing: Karen Raber, Professor of English, University of Mississippi, Shakespeare and Posthumanist Theory (2018) (The Arden Shakespeare). Here from the publisher’s website is a description of the book’s contents. Shakespeare and Posthumanist Theory charts challenges in the field of Shakespeare studies to the assumption that the category “human” is real, stable, or worthy of privileging in discussions of the playwright’s work. Drawing on a variety of methodologies – cognitive theory, systems theory, animal studies, ecostudies, the new materialisms – the volume investigates the world of Shakespeare’s plays…

Extradition to non-EU countries – further developments in EU case law

Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex* Today’s ECJ judgment in Pisciotti on the extradition of citizens of a different Member State to a non-EU country (in this case, the USA) adds to its case law in this area – and has some interesting implications for Brexit. The new ruling builds on the September 2016 Petruhhin judgment on extradition of the citizens of another Member State to Russia, which I discussed in detail here. The case concerns an Italian citizen extradited to the USA after being arrested while in transit in…

Average two-year fixed rates continue to climb

The latest data and analysis from Moneyfacts has revealed that average two year fixed rate mortgage products have now reached the highest point for 19 months after climbing for the second month in a row. According to the findings, average two-year fixed rates have risen from 2.32% in April 2017 to 2.43% today – just one basis point lower than the 2.44% recorded in September 2016. An increase in rates could be due to the withdrawal of products from the 60% LTV sector,…

Cost, contamination and perception – why greenbelt development is outpacing brownfield

“The final problem is one of perception, where the public may feel uncomfortable about buying a home on a former brownfield site, especially if the site has along established prior use” It’s no secret that there is a housing crisis. It has now reached such a critical point that we need to build at least 250,000 new homes every year to get anywhere near close to meeting the ever-growing demand. And while we are all aware of the need for thousands of new…

Scots lawyers should face ethics action over shell firm abuse

Here, Govan Law Centre’s Principal Solicitor, Mike Dailly, argues that much more must be done to tackle the misuse of Scottish Limited Partnerships as shell firms in Scotland.  See also today’s (Tuesday, 10 April 2018) news story in The Herald, “Scots lawyers should face ethics action over shell firm abuse“. When the Panama Papers scandal broke two years ago, few would have thought such murkiness would wash up on the shores of Scotland.  The use and abuse of shell companies to facilitate massive tax evasion, money laundering and organised crime didn’t…

House market crash predicted by 1 in 4 Londoners

The latest research by property marketplace, TheHouseshop.com, has found that almost 1 in 4 Londoners believe there will be a housing crash in the next 2 years. Despite the cooling down of house price growth in the capital over the past 12 months, a sizable proportion of Londoners still believe that we are headed towards another crisis. The research asked Londoners to say if, and when, they believed the UK housing market would experience a crash. The results showed that over half of…

A Personal Reflection on the Good Friday Agreement

Sarah Kay, human rights lawyer In the spring of 1998, I was a sulky, resentful young teenager. I had grown up in a tiny one-story house with my grandmother and my incoming, outgoing band of cousins. My grandfather, active in the Republican movement, had passed a few years before. I was very fortunate to be able to travel to the continent during the summer, where my parents had custody of me. It was a door to the outside world very few in West Belfast had access to. Our world was…