The Doctrine of Absolute Territorial Sovereignty is most often identified with an opinion prepared in 1895 by the 41st Attorney General of the United States, Judson Harmon, in response to a request by the Department of State for advice concerning a dispute with Mexico over the use of waters of the Rio Grande. Pursuant to […]Read more "The Harmon Doctrine"
“Economic impact of a decision, wherever warranted, has to be kept in mind… in a situation where two views are possible or wherever there is a discretion given to the Court by law, the Court needs to lean in favour of a particular view which subserves the economic interest of the nation. Conversely, the Court […]Read more "Science for Everyone: Footnote the Scholar"
“DNA is the abbreviation of Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid. It is the basic genetic material in all human body cells. It is not contained in red blood corpuscles. It is, however, present in white corpuscles. It carries the genetic code. DNA structure determines human character, behaviour and body characteristics. DNA profiles are encrypted sets of numbers […]Read more "Science For Everyone: DNA Again"
While discussing ‘Colour Blindness’ before the SC [Pranay Poddar v. State of Tripura, Civil Appeal No. 4393 of 2017], Senior Advocate K.V. Vishwanathan quoted Shinobu Ishihara, a Professor at Tokyo Imperial University who, in the year 1916, had developed a diagnostic method which is still the most common test for ‘Colour Vision Deficiency’; and that […]Read more "The Ishihara Test"
A citation of questionable scientific standards by the Supreme Court of India has caused this present post. _____ In a contentious child custody dispute in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, three teenage boys begged a Family Court Judge not to force them to continue visits to their father because, they said, he was physically abusive towards […]Read more "The Disputed Reality of Parental Alienation Syndrome"
“In this age of science, we have to build legal foundations that are sound in science as well as in law.” My Lord, What is Scientific Knowledge? “Neither Bacon, Popper nor Kunh, it is generally believed, gave a prefect description of what science is and how it works, but the US Supreme Court in Daubert, 509 […]Read more "Scientific Knowledge"
“Interest of justice is best served by ascertaining the truth and the Court should be furnished with the best available science and may not be left to bank upon presumptions, unless science has no answer to the facts in issue.” My Lord, What is DNA? “All living beings are composed of cells, which are the […]Read more "Science for Everyone: DNA"