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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009$
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Louis Blom-Cooper QC, Brice Dickson, and Gavin Drewry

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532711

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.001.0001

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A European Perspective

A European Perspective

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(p.398) 22 A European Perspective
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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009
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Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.003.0027

Comparing jurisdictions is not simple; it can even be impossible unless one chooses a rather specific perspective from which to analyse the situations being compared. Looking at the House of Lords from the point of view of continental European legal systems requires the identification of a link between the various European constitutional courts and the highest British court. Today this link can be found in the overriding duty to respect the rights accorded by the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. There is, then, something in common between the various courts: it takes the form of the need to adhere to Convention rights. In this context, this chapter distinguishes between the ways in which these rights are integrated into the different constitutional systems and the ways in which they are interpreted.

Keywords:   human rights, House of Lords, European legal system, European constitutional courts, British court

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