Letter from … Malta

I once met Woody Allen in Paris. I was a teenager then. He was producing some sketch with a few team-mates at a lonely spot. I could not resist the temptation to go over and…

Thinking for the City

What is the appropriate punishment for murder? “It depends on what type of murder it is,” says a 12-year-old school kid. “You could have murder where you go out and shoot someone or you could…

Who is laughing now?

A New York girl is being led through the swamps of Louisiana by her cousin. “Is it true that an alligator won’t attack you if you carry a flashlight?” asks the city girl. Her cousin…

Uniting Nations?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has had a perhaps surprising passion for philosophy ever since its inception. At its fifth session, in Florence in 1950, it decided to conduct “an inquiry…

Teaching jurisprudence in Namibia

On being asked to set In setting out the development priorities for Southern Africa,, it seems unlikely that many would put place “helping facilitate the understanding of legal positivism” very high on the agenda. Yet…