The enthusiasm around swift, certain and fair approaches to sentencing offenders may not be backed by evidence.
An overriding focus on increasing sentences may not necessarily be the best means of redressing the harm caused by sex offences.
In historic cases the potential for a sentence to rehabilitate, incapacitate or deter the offender is largely insignificant – leaving the focus solely on retribution.
By failing to provide details on what invalidated Kenya's election, the country's Supreme Court has created an impossible timeline for organising re-elections within 60 days.
According to South Africa's department of international relations, Grace Mugabe didn't have immunity when she entered the country.
There is no basis in customary, conventional international law or domestic law for the spouse of a head of state to claim - as a right - some form of immunity when visiting a foreign state.
Piracy has risen and fallen with the ages, but international cooperation is the common factor behind their defeat.
Most law schools frown upon their students questioning how laws were originally conceived. But a Canadian law school once argued convincingly that law should be taught as a social science.
New research shows distrust of atheists is pervasive. This could affect the credibility of witnesses.
The privatisation of the probation service is failing both offenders and victims.
The contentious book documenting Nelson Mandela’s last days that was pulled of the shelves left many unanswered questions. Judgement must be suspended until it's content is made public.
Restorative justice has worked for other offenders and their victims. New research has looked at whether it is suitable for organised crime.
The idea that courts should routinely grant stays of proceedings in the event of trial delays is largely unique to Canada. There are ways to address trial delays without terminating prosecutions.
Sometimes people like poetic justice because the law is not in a position to mete out what is deserved.
The African court has demonstrated its autonomy in a continent where judicial independence remains shaky in many states.
Amid calls for arrests, a law expert explains what the offence actually entails.
It's natural to want justice for heinous acts but compassion and tolerance is what will ultimately end the violence.
History does not look kindly on hearings behind closed doors.
The BRICS New Development Bank has promised to change the world of multilateral development funding but has so far failed to live up to expectations.
South Africa celebrates Freedom Day this week amid growing discontent over misrule by President Zuma and the ANC. This has led to increased calls for ethical and caring leaders.