As an avid reader, aspiring to be self-reflective and critical about the messages that I absorb when reading and engaging with an article, a book, or any form of social media, I have thought a little bit about the kind of questions that might be worth holding close to ourselves during our reading process. Below, […]Read more "Some thoughts on critical engagement with what and how we read"
A law school essay… we look to utopia not as a place we might reach but as an ongoing process of becoming … a political commitment to experiment in transfiguring the coordinates of our historical moment. Macklem proposes that disputes involving First Nations self-governance are inherently tied to “four cornerstones of the [Canadian] legal imagination” […]Read more "Indigenous Self-governance, “Right Relations,” and Utopic Sensibilities"
A paper written for a law school class. … I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty to know what occurs but not recognize the fact. And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy, a remote important region in all who talk: though we could fool each other, we should […]Read more "Towards a Trauma-Informed Anti-Discrimination Praxis"
An essay written for a law school class. This topic has always fascinated me. In a fully developed bureaucracy there is nobody left with whom one could argue, to whom one could present grievances, on whom the pressures of power could be exerted. Bureaucracy is the form of government in which everybody is deprived […]Read more "Judicial Review in a ‘Brave New World’ of Algorithms: New Challenges for Discretionary Justice"
The “free speech” debate is both exhausting and frustrating. You sometimes get sucked into it and then, hours later, you are wondering how this happened and where the exit doors are. Somehow, no headway has been made in the discussion and both sides seem to have become further entrenched behind their point of view. One […]Read more "Re-scripting the ‘Free Speech’ debate"
“I was disappointed to hear about the Montreal Jazz Festival booking multiple nights of a show called SLĀV, in which a majority white group of singers, lead by a white Québécois director, sing African-American slave songs, sometimes dressed as field slaves and cotton pickers” ~ Moses Sumney. “All I know about music is that not […]Read more "SLĀV – ‘It hurts to play this music’"
“And as elephants parade holding each elephant’s tail, but if one wanders the circus won’t find the park, I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty to know what occurs but not recognize the fact. And so, I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy, a remote important region in all who […]Read more "Rights: A Lubricant for Neo-liberalism?"