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The Struggle for Civil LibertiesPolitical Freedom and the Rule of Law in Britain, 1914-1945$
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Keith Ewing and Conor Anthony Gearty

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198762515

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198762515.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
Source:
The Struggle for Civil Liberties
Author(s):

K. D. Ewing

C. A. Gearty

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198762515.003.0001

This chapter discusses and attempts to define civil liberties. Although there have been a number of books written about the subject, these have seemingly failed to provide a working definition of civil liberties. The discussion also talks about how civil liberties are protected in British law, the principle of legality and its requirements, the role of parliament, the paradox of parliamentary sovereignty, and common law.

Keywords:   civil liberties, working definition, British law, principle of legality, parliament, parliamentary sovereignty, common law

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