See You in 2016

With the announcement of the Clawbies’ 2015 winners, the blogging year is at an end. Paul Daly’s Administrative Law Matters is the overdue and most worthy winner of the Fodden Award for the Best Canadian Law Blog. And Double Aspect is a runner-up for the Fodden (which it won last year, to my continuing amazement). It’s a great honour, especially considering the quality of the “competition.” (I don’t know if any of us bloggers think of each other as competitors. I doubt it.)

There are many other great blogs among the winners and runners-up, so have a look at them. I want to note, especially, the National Magazine’s Blog’s win in the “Legal News” category ― since I’m a (somewhat irregular but proud) contributor to it. And, on a somewhat self-congratulatory note, I also note that not only the winner, but also all of the runners-up for the Fodden are academic (or, in my case, wannabe-academic) blogs. The next time people start questioning the value of academia, or scholarship more broadly, to the real world, keep this little data point in mind.

With this, I sign off for this year. Even if your celebrations, like mine, are appropriately a tad less glamorous than prof. Daly’s,  I hope they are joyful and bring you together with good company. See you in 2016, dear readers!

Author: Leonid Sirota

Law nerd. I teach public law at the University of Reading, in the United Kingdom. I studied law at McGill, clerked at the Federal Court of Canada, and did graduate work at the NYU School of Law. I then taught in New Zealand before taking up my current position at Reading.

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