Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Canadians in International Law

An interesting article was posted in the Globe and Mail on Saturday about Boutique Law. The article states that Islamic, "[sharia law] is part of a worldwide move toward privatizing everything, including the legal system." ... "Corporations are renewing efforts to be allowed to sue nations. And corporations like Enron and WorldCom rewrite the law in the sense that they know they'll largely get away with it." I'm reminded of the myth of Progress.

For all who don't already know, Canadian Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour was named U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights earlier this year. Way to go!

Also in the news, Canada has been re-elected to UN human rights commission this month.


On another note, my girlfriend thought readers might not be aware of "SoHo" that I mentioned last week. So, here's a bit about SoHo, New York. SoHo stands for "SOuth of HOuston" (pronounced HOW-STON). Houston is a street in Manhattan that runs east-west and divides neighbourhoods like SoHo, NoHo, Greenwich Village, and Tribeca. SoHo has been known as a Mecca for hippies, artists and galleries since WWII but recently the rent in the area is so expensive that now its residents are increasingly investment bankers, movie stars and celebrities.


At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I read this comment in the Globe--interesting.

It got me thinking about how legally binding arbitration is. From the article, it seems that this 'sharia law' method involves both parties sitting down with an arbitrator who will decide their case by observing/interpreting sharia rules. I gather both parties then agree with the outcome, and act accordingly.

But what if later, one party decides they don't want to agree to the ridiculous outcome required of them after arbitration? Are they legally allowed to break the agreement, or take it to a proper court?

I guess I'll find out next year when in law school...

BTW: I will be joining Queens Law in the fall myself.


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