Sunday, 23 May 2010

The Postradical Legal Generation - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Postradical Legal Generation - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher education covers much academic debate particularly about items of interest to academic, such as tenure, funding and the poor quality of the latest batch of students. This article however discusses the conservatism of law school academia. They describe how law school academics usually wear suit and tie but more importantly, their writing reveals deep conservatism. In New Zealand, at Auckland University in the 1970s, the Dean was openly homophobic but displayed no dangerous left wing tendencies at all. Some on the staff were more liberal but in the polite middle class way then fashionable, to disguise their real beliefs. Criminal law specialists were more radical, with Bernard Brown always ready to attack the 70's version of the Sensible Sentencing nutters. And Pam Ringwood taught a new approach to Family Law which I think has not been sufficiently recognised anywhere, but certainly had a powerful influence particularly after the massive and radical change in the 1980 Family Proceedings Act. Most of the rest didn't think about social change and the influence of law but carefully examined their little specialist areas like Tort or Contract without any real examination of how society changes affected the law.

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