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Law and the Whirligig of Time


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A collection of Sir Stephen Sedley's essays and talks, bringing together for the first time a range of illuminating studies of the law and justice in its wider political and historical context.

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History 1. Law as History 2. The History of English Law 3. Human Rights and the Whirligig of Time 4. A Glorious Revolution? 5. Judges and Ministers 6. Obscenity and the Margin of Appreciation 7. Does the Separation of Powers Still Work? Law and Rights 8. The Role of the Judge 9. Anonymity and the Right to Lie 10. Dealing with Strasbourg 11. Speaking in Tongues 12. The Public Interest 13. Judicial Misconduct 14. Recusal: When Should a Judge Not Be a Judge? 15. The Right to Die 16. The Brexit Case 17. The Supreme Court 18. Arbitration 19. Detention without Trial 20. Originalism 21. Colonels in Horsehair 22. The British Constitution 23. A New Constitution? 24. Freedom of Expression 25. The Abuse of Power 26. A Compensation Culture? People 27. Rudy Narayan: 1938-1998 29. Lord Diplock: 1907-1985 30. Lord Scarman: 1911-2004 31. Lord Bingham: 1933-2010 32. Lord Mansfi eld: 1705-1793 33. Sir Thomas More: 1478-1535 34. Lord Denning: 1899-1999 35. Lord Sumption and Public Law 36. Bob Dylan 37. Ewan MacColl: 1915-1989 Occasional Pieces 38. A Commonplace Book 39. Under Milk Wood Lost and Found 40. Getting It Wrong Afterword: A Different Cat

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Sir Stephen Sedley is a retired Lord Justice of Appeal for England and Wales, and former visiting professor of law at Oxford University.


Before, during and after his time as a judge, Stephen Sedley has provided an invaluable running commentary on the law... These collections provide an opportunity to understand and engage with the whats, whys and wherefores of the judicial role at a time of evolution for the judiciary and the law. -- James Lee and Simon Lee, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London and The Open University, Milton Keynes * Legal Studies *

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