OPCA – Organised Pseudolegal Commercial Argument; the Canadian Perspective

  We are grateful to this post from our Canadian contributor who goes by the alias of “Hilfskreuzer Möwe” and who can be found on http://www.quatloos.com/Q-Forum/ For a general summary of OPCA litigation and the Freeman on the Land phenomenon, see our post here.  OPCA litigation – the Canadian Perspective Most of us Freeman/Sovereign/OPCA commentators are […]

Limits to Self Identification: The Protection of Children

This is a post by Sarah Phillimore. I was interested to read the decision of Re S (Parental Alienation: Cult), a judgment handed down on April 29th 2020. It covers so much of what has been interesting and challenging for me throughout my career. The damage that even loving parents can do to their children, […]

How pushing the ‘victim/perpetrator’ dichotomy in the Family Court system hurts us all

This is a talk delivered by Sarah Phillimore at the Families Need Fathers conference in London on September 14th 2019 The abstract concept of ‘Justice’ is often portrayed as the Greek goddess Themis, usually depicted holding a sword and scales. This represents her ability to cut fact from fiction with no middle ground and the […]

My response to the Inquiry Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases

This is a post by Sarah Phillimore ‘Good practice’ would be to commission serious and proper research into the actual nature of the problem, rather than inviting personal anecdote to take the place of robust data. I am very concerned about the nature of this Inquiry; the manner of its inception and the choice of its […]

Do we make unnecessary use of care proceedings?

This is a post by Sarah Phillimore. This is the text of a talk I gave at the Bristol Civil Justice Centre on April 15th 2019 as part of a debate entitled ‘We make unnecessary use of care proceedings’.  The situation regarding care proceedings in England and Wales is dire. There are various reports and […]

Garbage In: Garbage Out? The use of predictive algorithms in decisions about child protection

Machine learning is becoming a methodological substrate for knowledge and action. But machine learning is not ethically neutral. It is skewed by data and obfuscated by nature… Dan McQuillan ‘People’s Councils for Ethical Machine Learning’ The use of Artificial Intelligence (‘AI’) and relying on algorithms to determine what children are at risk of harm have […]