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24.04.2019 

Għaqda Studenti tal-Liġi launches the 29th Edition of Id-Dritt Legal Journal - GħSL

This year’s edition feature the largest volume of articles in previous years, and addresses subjects like Constitutional Law, FinTech Law, International Space Law and Financial Law.

Għaqda Studenti tal-Liġi officially inaugurated another edition of Id-Dritt, their renowned printed legal journal. The ceremony was held yesterday evening at Pardo Hall, inside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Valletta.

This publication is the 29th Edition of a long-standing series of academic publications, whereby a large number of renowned legal academics and professionals, from a wide-range of legal fields, submit their peer-reviewed contributions, in one of the few similar academic exercises remaining in Maltese academia organised solely by students, let alone the legal field.

This year’s edition features contributions from up-and-coming lawyers, as well as more established names in the legal field, among them: Chief Justice Emeritus Vincent A. De Gaetano; Judge Consuelo Scerri Herrera; Dr Giovanni Bonello, former Judge at the European Court of Human Rights; Professor Kevin Aquilina, Dean of the Faculty of Laws; Dr Tonio Borg, former European Commissioner and former Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Minister; and Dr Jose Herrera, Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change.

The different legal fields addressed in this year’s edition of Id-Dritt range from more traditional fields, like Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Notarial Law, to more up-and-coming sectors, like Fintech Law, Animal Welfare Law, Financial Law and International Space Law. This year’s Id-Dritt also possesses a number of contributions which discuss certain hot-topic subjects, including the Rule of Law, Development Planning Law, Gender Equality Legislation, as well as the detention of asylum seekers in Malta.

In her speech, Emma-Marie Sammut, Publications Officer of Għaqda Studenti tal-Liġi, stated: “Initially starting out in 1944, the project of going about publishing Id-Dritt was always seen as a highly-ambitious project, especially considering that it was a small handful of law students, with an amaranthine passion for the law, who came about the idea of compiling it. Through many trials and tribulations, the legal journal has now transformed itself into a quasi-customary obligation for Għaqda Studenti tal-Liġi; both because of its timely delivery year after year, and because of the notion of it being the product and detailed examination of external events, technological advancements and societal questions which are prevalent in our community.”

“The world of academia, in Malta, is unfortunately somewhat dismissed and sidelined, and this can be felt in perhaps every strata of the legal society. It is often seen that the freshly graduated lawyers of today, heavily rely on previously researched material and, this sort of attitude breeds mediocrity. Id-Dritt combines the past and present, and imagines new legal worlds for the future. We are inspired by Rousseau, Voltaire, Montesquieu and Moore, who all contributed towards the thinking that constitutions hold the power to invent and create better worlds for us all through words. This is, in its entirety, Id-Dritt’s mission; the journal provides a platform to its authors, enabling them to envision new eras for the legal world.”

In turn, GħSL President Lara Attard described how “tradition and innovation are two pillar values which have been ingrained within Għaqda Studenti tal-Liġi’s Publications Office throughout our history. Through this, GħSL boasts a legacy unprecedented by any other organisation. The publication of the Id-Dritt has always been on the forefront of GħSL’s agenda throughout the years. This stems from the fact that GħSL, together with our contributors, recognises the academic value of such a publication. We have, over the years, continued to ascertain that the material published within the Id-Dritt has a value, both academic and legal in nature, useful to students and practitioners alike.”

“Our organisation has unabatedly shown passion towards legal discourse and academic thought. Notwithstanding the anti-academic climate that’s currently prevalent in today’s modern discourse, which has even led to some organisations opting to reduce or withdraw their output, Id-Dritt XXIX is testament to GħSL’s unwavering faith and effort in this field, notwithstanding the challenges we face.”

For further information, or in order to purchase a copy (printed or electronic) of this year’s Id-Dritt, we invite everyone to contact GħSL through our social media pages, as well as via email.