power to interpret the law. Let the political struggle continue, they say.
As a law professor and practitioner, I find such a defeatist attitude unhelpful. Cases under the new law
have commenced. Lawyers need to advise on it and courts must apply it in adjudicating cases. The law is upon us and we cannot sit idle in fear, waiting for some authority to tell us what it means. In affirming our autonomy, questions of interpretation should be carefully considered on our own in accordance with existing legal practices and principles.