Monday, 20 September 2021

A letter in the Economist!

 I am delighted that a letter of mine was published in the most recent edition of the Economist, one of the world's finest publications.  The letter can be seen below, and you can also click on the video below to hear a professional broadcaster reading my letter in the audio version of the article:

Loyalty oaths are not a novel, “woke” development at the University of California. Loyalty oaths were imposed on its employees in the 1950s, when a right-wing state legislature got caught up in the Red Scare and tried to flush out closet Marxists. This utterly failed. To put it mildly, there are quite a few Marxist dons in California’s university system today. In a twist of irony Ernst Kantorowicz, a scholar of medieval studies and strident anti-communist, lost his job when he refused to take the McCarthyite oath on principle. Woke oaths will fail, too.  elijah granet San Diego
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Friday, 9 July 2021

Elijah Granet MCIArb!

 I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been admitted as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the premier organisation of professionals working in alternative dispute resolution.  I will henceforth be using the post-nominal letters 'MCIARb' with pride!

Below if a facsimile of my certificate (please note that the actual certificate remains the property of CIArb):

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Sunday, 4 July 2021

A letter in the Observer

 I was very pleased to have a letter in today's issue of The ObserverIt may be read by clicking this link (scroll to the bottom after doing so) or by looking at the image below: 

The many sides of autism Your article, “‘We don’t need to be cured or fixed’: writers speak out on autism”, was a manifestation of the privilege that those with high-functioning autism (myself included) enjoy. My autism, by random luck, does not prevent me from taking part in the world of language but there are many autistic people who are utterly unable to communicate, and thus cannot give chatty interviews. Why was there no mention of these voiceless?  To take another example, in the UK, autism is reason enough to deprive someone of their liberty; there are thousands of people whose autism has deprived them of their legal capacity, and who are otherwise detained for their own protection. Do these people not need a cure or treatment, or are they simply to be left to rot?  Like those interviewed, I regard my autism as an asset, but constructing a myth of autistic people as a “model minority”, based on a self-selecting group of high-functioning individuals, is to erase and marginalise the countless people rendered profoundly vulnerable, incapacitated, imprisoned or dead on account of their autism or consequences stemming from it. Elijah Granet San Diego, California
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Saturday, 3 July 2021

Winning a prize!

I was delighted to be part of the winning team, along with my friends Saša and Lissy, of the Liquid Legal Institute's Oath of Justitia prize, for designing a Hippocratic oath for the twenty-first century legal profession.  (We also won an ancillary prize for hte best "deployment plan" for our oath)   Winning this global competition is a huge honour, and I look forward to seeing our winning oath published in a forthcoming journal article.   

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

A Letter in the Economist

 I was absolutely delighted to see that The Economist, perhaps the world's finest publication, printed one of my letters in this week's edition.  The letter can be seen below, and even more excitingly, you can listen to my letter being read by a professional broadcaster in audio edition by clicking this link.

Independent judges Israel’s Supreme Court has “great power and little accountability”, you say (“A chance of renewal”, June 5th). In countries without codified constitutions, such as Israel and Britain, the courts have a vital role in checking the otherwise unconstrained powers of the legislature and executive. This is not activism, but the rule of law in action. When faced with the Conservative Party’s plans in Britain to rein in the powers of supposedly activist judges, The Economist rightly decried it as contrary to the essence of British democracy (“Boris v the judges”, February 22nd 2020). Israel’s Supreme Court is one of the country’s essential institutions of liberal democracy.  elijah granet San Diego
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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

A new article in the European Law Review!

 I am delighted to have a new piece in the most recent edition of the European Law Review, on the topic of religious slaughter and EU law.  For those with WestLaw access, it can be read by clicking this link. 

Friday, 4 June 2021

A Letter in the Times!

 I was delighted to, once again, have a letter in The Times.  The letter may be read below:

Sir, Our present times are not unique in valuing academic intelligence (James Marriott, comment, Jun 3). For centuries Chinese society heavily prized and promoted those who could successfully think their way through demanding civil service examinations. Equally, since the first century Jews have prized as their leaders not the strongest or most dexterous, but the most learned scholars. Academic education, be it in the minutiae of Confucius, the Talmud or, as in Mr Marriott’s case, English literature, is a precious and wonderful thing prized by many cultures throughout history, but has historically been reserved to a small elite. We should celebrate the democratisation and popularisation of this once scarce resource. Elijah Zachary Granet San Diego, California
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