The Politics of the Common Law: Perspectives, Rights, Processes, Institutions

The Politics of the Common Law: Perspectives, Rights, Processes, Institutions


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The Politics of the Common Law: Perspectives, Rights, Processes, Institutions by Adam Gearey, Wayne Morrison, Robert Jago

The Politics of the Common Law offers a critical introduction to the legal system of England and Wales. Unlike other conventional accounts, this revised and updated second edition presents a coherent argument, organised around the central claim that contemporary postcolonial common law must be understood as an articulation of human rights and open justice.

The book examines the impact of the European Convention and European Union law on the structures and ideologies of the common law and engages with the politics of the rule of law. These themes are read into normative accounts of civil and criminal procedure that stress the importance of due process. The final sections of the book address the reality of civil and criminal procedure in the light of recent civil unrest in the UK and the growing privatisation of public services. The book questions whether it is possible to find a balance between the requirements of economics and the demands of justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415662369
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/05/2013
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Adam Gearey is a reader in law, Birkbeck College, University of London. He has been a visiting professor in the Faculty of Law at Makerere University, Uganda; the University of Pretoria, South Africa and the University of Peace, Costa Rica. He has also been a visiting fellow in the Center for Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Wayne Morrison LLD, PhD, LLM, LLB, (Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand) is Professor of Law, Queen Mary, University of London and former Director of the University of London’s International Programmes for Law

Robert Jago MPhil. (cantab.) is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Law at the University of Surrey. He is also a regular visitor to HKU SPACE where he teaches Public Law.

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