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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009
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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009

Louis Blom-Cooper QC, Brice Dickson, and Gavin Drewry

Abstract

The House of Lords has served as the highest court in the UK for over 130 years. In 2009, a new UK Supreme Court will take over its judicial functions, closing the doors on one of the most influential legal institutions in the world, and a major chapter in the history of the UK legal system. This book gathers over forty leading scholars and practitioners from the UK and beyond to provide a history of the House of Lords as a judicial institution, charting its role, working practices, reputation, and impact on the law and UK legal system. The book examines the origins of the House's judicial wor ... More

Keywords: international reputation, legal profession, domestic perception, UK legal tradition, UK Supreme Court, UK legal system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199532711
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louis Blom-Cooper QC, editor
Bencher of the Middle Temple

Brice Dickson, editor
Professor of International and Comparative Law, Queen's University Belfast

Gavin Drewry, editor
Professor of Public Administration, Royal Holloway, University of London

Contents

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PART A THE INSTITUTION

3 The Judicial Office

James Vallance White

4 The House of Lords and the English Court of Appeal

Gavin Drewry, and Louis Blom-Cooper

PART B THE JUDGES

10 Style of Judgments

Louis Blom-Cooper

PART C DEVELOPMENT OF THE COURT

PART D REGIONAL AND EXTERNAL PERSPECTIVES

19 (b) The Old Commonwealth

Robert J Sharpe

19 (c) The Old Commonwealth

Arthur Chaskalson

19 (d) The Old Commonwealth

Adarsh Sein Anand

22 A European Perspective

Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen

24 A View from the City

Michael Blair

PART E SPECIFIC AREAS

26 International Law

Rosalyn Higgins

27 European Influences

Francis Jacobs, and David Anderson

28 Constitutional Law

Brigid Hadfield

30 Human Rights

David Feldman

32 Criminal Law

JR Spencer

34 Torts

Robert Stevens

36 Family Law

Stephen Cretney

37 Land Law

Derek Wood

38 Commercial Law

Francis Reynolds

40 Tax Law

John Tiley, and Stephen Oliver