Jurisprudence



Benjamin Bestgen: Usury

"Usura rusteth the chisel/It rusteth the craft and the craftsman", wrote Ezra Pound. Benjamin Bestgen explains the practice of usury. See last week's primer here.

Published 25 November 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Just prices

Benjamin Bestgen asks us this week to consider just prices. See last week's jurisprudential primer here.

Published 18 November 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Apologies

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

Benjamin Bestgen: Sketching a legal system

What's in a legal system? Benjamin Bestgen supplies the principal ingredients. See his last primer here.

Published 4 November 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Law in science fiction and fantasy

In the thirtieth article in our jurisprudential primer series, Benjamin Bestgen takes a look at fictional legal systems. See his last entry here.

Published 28 October 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Law and nanoscience

Benjamin Bestgen considers how the law might grapple with nanoscience. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 21 October 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Taxation

Leo Mattersdorf, friend and accountant of Albert Einstein, claimed the great physicist once said to him during a meal that "the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax". Benjamin Bestgen this week takes a look at this divisive subject. See last week's jurisprudential primer here.

Published 14 October 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Power and public discourse (Free Speech III)

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: The right (not) to be offended (Free Speech II)

Benjamin Bestgen takes a further look at free speech this week, see last week's jurisprudential primer for part one.

Published 23 September 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Marriage

Benjamin Bestgen takes an honest look at marriage in his latest jurisprudential primer. See last week's here.

Published 9 September 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Moral companies?

Benjamin Bestgen this week considers the moral obligations of companies. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 26 August 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Animal rights

Benjamin Bestgen discusses the rights of animals in his latest jurisprudential primer. See last week's here.

Published 19 August 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Statistics and law

Benjamin Bestgen considers the pitfalls of statistics in his latest jurisprudential primer. See last week's here.

Published 12 August 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Neurolaw – mental integrity and psychological continuity

In his latest jurisprudential primer, the third on neurolaw, Benjamin Bestgen details more technologies on the horizon which the law will have to get to grips with, including 'brainhacking' and 'memory engineering'.

Published 5 August 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Neurolaw – mental privacy

Benjamin Bestgen considers 'mind-reading' technology and the law in his latest jurisprudential primer. Read the last one here.

Published 29 July 2020