Archive for the ‘Social Revolution’ Category

Yaniv Roznai, “Revolutionary Lawyering? On Lawyers’ Social Responsibilities and Roles during a Democratic Revolution”

August 14, 2013

Yaniv Roznai (Ph.D. Candidate, London School of Economics – Law Department) has posted “Revolutionary Lawyering? On Lawyers’ Social Responsibilities and Roles during a Democratic Revolution”, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2013. Here’s the abstract:

Do lawyers have any social responsibilities during a revolution? If so, what are they? Does the lawyer hold any special roles in revolutionary times? This article discusses these questions, which raise thorny theoretical and practical dilemmas. According to the article, revolutions in the Western world and the legal profession are linked. Therefore, the article describes the historical role lawyers have played in the great revolutions which have created stable liberal traditions based on the idea of “rights”: The Glorious English Revolution of 1688-1689 and the American and French Revolutions of the end of the 18th century. Moreover, the article deliberates on the characteristics of lawyers which support conservatism and oppose revolutions and vice versa. It then presents the conflicting duties which are imposed upon lawyers during revolutions. On the one hand, the lawyer has an obligation to preserve the legal order and the rule of law. This obligation may entail a duty to act in a counter-revolutionary manner. On the other hand, the lawyer has obligations to improve the legal system and to promote the rule of law. These may entail actions which support the revolutionary values or goals, especially in a democratic revolution. Lastly, the article considers the practical role of lawyers during a revolution, inter alia, in public speaking and assisting in drafting the basic documents of the new legal order. Even in times of revolutions that seek to collapse the existing legal order, the legal milieu is of great importance. The revolutionary lawyer plays a significant role in preserving and creating the temporary, transitional and new legal orders. According to the article, the participation of lawyers in a revolution strongly influences the legitimacy of the existing legal order and necessarily the legitimacy of the revolution itself.

A copy of the paper is available for download via SSRN here.

Guest Post by Charles E. Johnson (@charles_consult)

April 27, 2012

ex-photographer|ex-martial arts teacher|ex-programmer|ex-electrical engineer|ex-lawyer|expatriate|experienced
Haarlem, Netherlands

I thank Antonin I. Pribetic for the opportunity to use The Trial Warrior Blog as a forum for my voice, in these few matters.

About me

I am an American lawyer, Wisconsin Bar 1992 (non-active), and I currently run a web media/services consultancy in The Netherlands.

My website:

My Blog:


In the course of this business, I have a operated a Twitter account: ”designing value” (Twitter: @charles_consult) that has over 500 followers and follows over 800 people. It has come to my attention, both by listening to various followers, and through my contacts with people in my business dealings, I seem have found some people are in emergency and urgent need, and are facing either death or homeless conditions for themselves and others. I have three situations that I need to direct your attention to. The first is a situation that requires action as soon as possible. The second situation is an follower that needs organization, political pressure and funding. The third is a set of situations that are medium and large scale developmental situations that require either funding, execution, or both.

Situation One: Mother and child with Lyme disease.

One of my followers seems to be degenerating before my very eyes. She explains to me that she has contracted Lyme disease and has given birth to a daughter that has also contracted the disease. I do not have access to medical records, I cannot from here verify the veracity of this information, but my intuition is that this is an emergency, if not highly urgent situation. She is in  a situation that needs a direct aid that I am not able to render. She is a New Jersey resident. I have more details but these are not appropriate for general publication but can be supplied upon request.

She and her daughter need treatment from Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and some sort of guidance as to getting a proper education, made more complicated by the special needs of a juvenile Lyme patient.

Finally, there’s smoke, there’s fire. For every Lyme victim I report about, there are many more. It is my understanding that there is an epidemic of Lyme and that there needs to be a coordinated large scale response. I will supply links and further information at the end of this blog entry as endlinks.

Situation Two: Poverty reduction in Thailand/Malaysia.

One of my followers on Twitter is named Zashnain. He is an experienced social worker and emergency responder working in Thailand, Malaysia and southeast asia. He has a website, and a Twitter name @bedlumfury. He has stared directly at the most greating poverty every day, and sends messages about what he sees, as well as occasional images. He is in need of funding for projects, increased awareness, more political leverage, and other such organization as so directs.

Situation Three: Hexayurts to Haiti / Reforestation Pilot Project

I have begun an effort to bring sustainable housing to Haiti, and other such areas here the mortality is greater than 1%. I am early in this investigation, but I believe that is would be a good idea to look at the the ideas that have been developed by Engineers Without Borders in the development of appropriate shelter technology for emergency situations.

Finally, much more developed, are the reforestation projects. I am a partner in a reforestation organization and we are looking for funding for three separate but closely connected projects: Trees for Life, PSA, and Toys for Trees.

Trees for Life

A project of SEEDS (Sarvodaya Economic Enterprises Development Services (Guarantee) Limited) the economic arm of the Sarvodaya Shramdana Movement, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Promoted by EcoDesignCenter, Dehiwale, Sri Lanka and Earth Club, the Netherlands

Pilot project

Train and coordinate fieldworkers

Collect data and account figures, monitoring, inform donors

Prepare educational material and approach media

Agricultural and tree research and making recommendations what to plant

Arrange legal matters concerning land ownership and connect with Government, wild life department, religious institutions etc. about planting on their lands.

Arrange carbon credits (VER) and donor funds


A project of the People’s Solidarity Association (PSA), Trichirapalli, Tamil Nadu in India.

This project wants to try out  a new concept (‘tree credits’) to combine existing microfinance structures and other community based activities with climate measures and to work on grass roots empowerment and income from agroforestry. Income generating, water supply and solar PV based power supply will play a more prominent role in the further stages of the project.

Toys for Trees

Production of wooden design toys + soft toys is done by Sri Toys International

Logistics by Sri Toys/ ACTI including individual packaging, shipping order administration and financial administration

Initially there are two product prices:

For each item sold a number of trees are planted. As the brand name, 4Trees, indicates, 4 trees will be sold with most products and trees are sold separately.


I ask that you provide support in the form of money, and networking/administrative support as soon as possible. The Lyme situation is particularly urgent!

Thank you very much for your time. I know that the time expended by the people that look at this site is very expensive, and I hope that I have not wasted any of it.


Lyme Disease:

Hexayurts to Haiti

Poverty Reduction in Thailand

Reforestation Projects

Steven D. Jamar, “A Social Justice Perspective on the Role of Copyright in Realizing International Human Rights”

December 6, 2011

Steven D. Jamar (Howard University School of Law) has posted “A Social Justice Perspective on the Role of Copyright in Realizing International Human Rights”, Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal, Vol. 24, 2011. Here is the abstract:

This article examines the role of copyright in mediating the access to information with particular emphasis on special aspects arising in the context of the Internet and information technologies from the perspective of social justice principles of inclusion and empowerment. If copyright law, policy, and administration are properly calibrated to address competing and complementary interests, it can be an engine for inclusion and empowerment. Alternatively, if not calibrated properly, copyright can be a brake upon both inclusion and empowerment in the exercise of civil and political rights as well as in the progressive realization of economic, social, and cultural rights.

The article examines attributes of copyright law from the perspective of advancing inclusion and empowerment through tuning copyright law and practice to mesh with the international human right of access to information.

Download a copy of the article via SSRN here.

Let’s Hope The Egypt Revolution Is No Longer Trivialized

February 6, 2011

At his Idle Scrawl Blog, Paul Mason offers “Twenty reasons why it’s kicking off everywhere” to explain the “wider social dynamic” of youth-led uprisings in Northern Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Mason’s general thesis is:

“At the heart of it all are young people, obviously; students; westernised; secularised. They use social media – as the mainstream media has now woken up to – but this obsession with reporting “they use twitter” is missing the point of what they use it for.”

Mason’s primary argument is that, 1. At the heart if it all is a new sociological type: the graduate with no future”, supported by the following three reasons:

“9. The specifics of economic failure: the rise of mass access to university-level education is a given. Maybe soon even 50% in higher education will be not enough. In most of the world this is being funded by personal indebtedess – so people are making a rational judgement to go into debt so they will be better paid later. However the prospect of ten years of fiscal retrenchment in some countries means they now know they will be poorer than their parents. And the effect has been like throwing a light switch; the prosperity story is replaced with the doom story, even if for individuals reality will be more complex, and not as bad as they expect.

10.This evaporation of a promise is compounded in the more repressive societies and emerging markets because – even where you get rapid economic growth – it cannot absorb the demographic bulge of young people fast enough to deliver rising living standards for enough of them.

11.To amplify: I can’t find the quote but one of the historians of the French Revolution of 1789 wrote that it was not the product of poor people but of poor lawyers. You can have political/economic setups that disappoint the poor for generations – but if lawyers, teachers and doctors are sitting in their garrets freezing and starving you get revolution. Now, in their garrets, they have a laptop and broadband connection.

Where to begin? (more…)

A Few “Burning Questions” About The Egyptian Revolt

January 30, 2011

It’s difficult to miss the bombardment of main stream media coverage of the Egyptian uprising against the Mubarak regime. Admittedly, many have prognosticated that the dynastic dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak would eventually be challenged; albeit after 29 years, the Western press has likely taken Egypt’s pivotal geo-political role in the Middle East for granted.

The Washington Post has a live blog update summarizing the events from January 25th to date.

While we are fed a steady stream of images, reports and political punditry, there remain a few “burning questions” that remain unanswered. (more…)

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