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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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International Law

International Law

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(p.457) 26 International Law
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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009
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Rosalyn Higgins

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.003.0032

This chapter focuses on the international law role of the House of Lords. It argues that the handling of international law issues is confident and positive in tone. There is an amplitude of judges serving on the Appellate Committee (and, indeed, in other courts also) who are thoroughly well versed in international law and prepared to treat it as any other field of law. The pace of cases reaching the Lords relating to points of international law has greatly increased, in part because of the Human Rights Act 1998. But issues of international law increasingly play a component part in other matters that the House of Lords is called upon to determine. Many Law Lords have played their part in pronouncing upon the matters of international law. For instance, Lord Bingham, along with Lords Browne–Wilkinson and Goff before him, have ensured as presiding Law Lords that the House has become a leader in authoritative pronouncements by national courts on matters of international law.

Keywords:   Appellate committee, internaitonal law, English law, treaties, sovereign immunity, acts of state, international organizations

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