Benjamin Bestgen examines the impact of "respectability" in criminal trials. See last week's jurisprudential primer here.
Published 27 January 2021
This week Benjamin Bestgen looks at the legalities surrounding certain extracurricular activities. See last week's here.
Published 24 December 2020
"If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out" and if he breaks another's bone, his shall be broken. So states Hammurabi's Code, an ancient exemplar of the precept of lex talionis. Why is revenge so compelling? Benjamin Bestgen explains all. See his last jurisprudential primer here.
Published 16 December 2020
"Oh, sinnerman, where you gonna run to? Sinnerman where you gonna run to?" sang Nina Simone of those who flee judgement. But even the ends of the Earth were no safe haven for Adolf Eichmann. Benjamin Bestgen tells the tale this week of the most famous rogue Nazi and his dramatic rendition to the country of his victims – but at what cost to the rule of law? See last week's jurisprudential primer here.
Published 9 December 2020
Benjamin Bestgen takes a look this week at robotic weapons and the law. See last week's primer here.
Published 2 December 2020
"Usura rusteth the chisel/It rusteth the craft and the craftsman", wrote Ezra Pound. Benjamin Bestgen this week explains the practice of usury. See last week's primer here.
Published 25 November 2020
Benjamin Bestgen asks us this week to consider just prices. See last week's jurisprudential primer here.
Published 18 November 2020
Sorry seems to be the hardest word, which is why the law has gotten involved in recent years. Benjamin Bestgen reflects on an early injustice and the value of apologies. See last week's jurisprudential primer here.
Published 11 November 2020
What's in a legal system? Benjamin Bestgen supplies the principal ingredients. See his last primer here.
Published 4 November 2020
In the thirtieth article in Scottish Legal News' jurisprudential primer series, Benjamin Bestgen takes a look at fictional legal systems. See his last entry here.
Published 28 October 2020
Benjamin Bestgen considers how the law might grapple with nanoscience. See his last jurisprudential primer here.
Published 21 October 2020
In the third of his articles on free speech, Benjamin Bestgen stresses that freedom of expression must be examined in context. See his last piece here.
Published 7 October 2020
Benjamin Bestgen takes a timeous look at freedom of expression. See his last primer, on marriage, here.
Published 16 September 2020
Benjamin Bestgen examines the available options for punishing companies and questions whether our current laws are appropriate.
Published 2 September 2020
Benjamin Bestgen this week considers the moral obligations of companies. See his last jurisprudential primer here.
Published 26 August 2020