For the sake of consistency I’m going to open with my tangential thoughts. Which of course, being a bit of a movie buff was that I feel the various iterations of Robin Hood would be apt for a revisit about now. If I had the time that is. But of course I would save the best for last (although that being said I haven’t seen the Russel Crowe version yet, for fear of it being terrible).
My first thought though, on opening up The New Lawyer and this module’s notes was ‘history? really?’. After which I was again promptly put in my place within the opening paragraph of Chapter 4 (and again when I decided to see what this module’s tutorial questions were).
From the British law history component I certainly found the information about the British feudal system and the signing of the Magna Carta to be most interesting (in case my opening paragraph didn’t give that away already). Quite honestly I found it difficult to interpret in some circumstances. The New Lawyer asks us what rights the Magna Carta gave to English citizens and whilst some were fairly clear, others I did find myself reading multiple times. That being said, interpretation of documents such as this is not really something I have done before (beyond interpreting insurance PDS’s) and I feel with the examples and research questions given in The New Lawyer it is something I am improving with, but will have to focus on also.
An issue that tends to be in fairly prominent discussion on a recurring basis is the many issues surrounding law and Indigenous Australians. Working through this module I learnt much about the systems currently in place designed to help, and was reminded of the systems we’ve had in the past that we’d perhaps rather forget. It would not be unusual, I think, that we may see some strides forward (hopefully) in this area of law particularly in the coming years with the success of the Murri court and Circle Sentencing from QLD and NSW respectively. I wondered whether signing of a treaty would be much of a useful tool in resolving many of these issues. Having our textbook discuss this in detail only a few paragraphs later gave me a much greater insight into the background and potential of this issue.
Lastly I wanted to share my answer to a question asked by The New Lawyer
Who are the traditional owners of the lands on which you live? What can you find out about these owners?