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                                 Welcome to the IALS Student Law Review

Welcome   to the Spring 2018 issue of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Student Law Review

For this issue of the law review we  have  been  pleased to include articles that provide thought-
provoking and insightful commentary across a range of legal, philosophical, social, technological and
jurisdictional topics.

Syed  Zulkifil Haider Shah assesses the initial reception and more recent responses to the work of
the French Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser, considering the contemporary relevance of major
concepts in Althusser's Theory of Ideology (particularly his view of Interpellation) to accounts of the
political subjectivities under the global capitalist order. The article seeks to demonstrate how many of
Althusser's critics (writing in the 1970s and 1980s) misunderstood Althusser's claims for the most
part, and employed a narrow and simplistic view of his works. Such an argument is informed by the
more  recent literature on Althusser (post 2000s) and builds itself upon an exclusive reading of
Althusser's own texts, primarily his classic essay, Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses.

Jan  De Bruyne  and  Dr. Cedric Vanleenhove  consider implications related to the commercialisation
of self-driving or autonomous cars which could soon be available on the market. They suggest that
Society in general and the applicable rules in particular will undergo a transformation following the
introduction of autonomous vehicles with several legal challenges needing to be addressed  before
society will be able to fully enjoy the benefits of self-driving cars. Questions of liability for damage
caused  by self-driving car have already been addressed  in academia  but less attention has been
devoted  to the relationship between autonomous  vehicles and the existing private international law
rules in the European Union. The membership  of some EU  Member  States of the 1971 Hague  Traffic
Accidents  Convention   and/or  the  1973   Hague   Products  Liability Convention  impedes   the
harmonisation of conflict of laws rules in non-contractual matters. In cases concerning liability arising
from traffic accidents and in product liability cases, different Member States courts sometimes apply a
different national law, reducing foreseeability and legal certainty.

Michael  Habila Dauda  challenges the view that the legislative drafter is not concerned with policy or
substance  but form. He uses Ann and Robert B. Seidman's bill drafting process as criteria to compare
the drafting process in UK and  Nigeria and analyses how  the role of drafters in both jurisdictions
influence the substance of policy.

Constanza   Toro examines  the reasons to defend  a gender neutral approach in legislative drafting,
highlighting that there are both justice reasons (inclusiveness) and methodological ones  (clarity,
precision and unambiguity) to embrace such a policy. The author warns that gender neutral drafting is
a  necessary  but insufficient tool to achieve the broader  goal of gender  equality. The  article
approaches  the different drafting techniques available to achieve gender neutral drafting and, in this
context, offers an analysis of recent Chilean instruction on the matter.

I am grateful to all those who submitted their articles for inclusion in this issue of the ISLRev. We hope
that the readers of the ISLRev find the work stimulating and informative.

                        IALS Student Law Review I Volume 5, Issue 1, Spring 2018, pp 1-2 | Page 1
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