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Bills of Rights and Decolonization: The Emergence of Domestic Human Rights Instruments in Britain's Overseas Territories

Charles Parkinson

Abstract

This book analyzes the British Government's radical change in policy during the late 1950s on the use of bills of rights in colonial territories nearing independence. More broadly it explores the political dimensions of securing the protection of human rights at independence and the peaceful transfer of power through constitutional means. This book fills a major gap in the literature on British and Commonwealth law, history, and politics by documenting how bills of rights became commonplace in Britain' s former overseas territories. It provides a detailed empirical account of the origins of th ... More

Keywords: human rights, British Empire, legal history, independence, constitution-making, politics and government, common law legal systems, legal profession in the British Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199231935
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231935.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Parkinson, author
Visiting Scholar, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne