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The Business of JudgingSelected Essays and Speeches$
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Tom Bingham

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299127

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299127.001.0001

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‘There is a World Elsewhere’: The Changing Perspectives of English Law *

‘There is a World Elsewhere’: The Changing Perspectives of English Law *

(p.87) 1 ‘There is a World Elsewhere’: The Changing Perspectives of English Law*
The Business of Judging

Tom Bingham

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses a lecture given in honour of Dr F. A. Mann, an outstandingly erudite lawyer and scholar from Nazi Germany, bringing with him not only an acute intellect but also a deep knowledge of legal systems other than our own. The chapter considers whether English law is as ‘splendidly isolated’ as English lawyers have tended to suppose, and looks forward to an increasingly internationalist future. English lawyers need no persuasion of the strengths and virtues of the common law and of the English legal system, and this would be a most inappropriate occasion to argue the contrary. A conviction that they are the embodiment of a very great deal that is excellent is not, however, inconsistent with the recognition that valuable lessons can be learned from the experience of others.

Keywords:   F. A. Mann, Nazi Germany, English law, common law, legal system

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