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  • Hardcover: 1440 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (29 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199227934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199227938
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 6.6 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,928,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Readers and researchers will find 'English Public Law' and its companion volume invaluable in constructing a deeper and more insightful understanding of the full spectrum of English Law. (Phillip Taylor, Barrister, Richmond Green Chambers)

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Professor David Feldman FBA is Rouse Ball Professor of English Law and Chairman of the Law Faculty at the University of Cambridge. His specialisms include; public law (especially from a comparative perspective), civil liberties and human rights; and criminal procedure. He is a Judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn, and an Academic Associate of Chambers, 39 Essex Street, London. He has contributed to and edited a number of legal publications, including the first edition of English Public Law (OUP, 2004) and the second edition of Civil Liberties and Human Rights in England and Wales (OUP, 2002).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Jan 2010
HOW TO FIND OUT HOW THE PUBLIC SECTOR IS AFFECTED BY LAW- A HIGH QUALITY OVERVIEW OF THE RULES AND PRINCIPLES OF ENGLISH PUBLIC LAW

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

The inspiration for `English Public Law' and its companion volume `English Private Law' came from the late Professor Peter Birks who identified a pressing need to create a clear, authoritative overview of both English private and public law for the benefit of practitioners, academics and students alike.

Unlike private law, public law deals with constitutional law, human rights, administrative law and criminal law. As the editor David Feldman points out, the massive amount of minutely detailed information on public law available from the internet and other sources is overwhelming and. we would add, daunting.

Which is why, if you're a lawyer, judge, public servant, politician of political scientist, you need `English Public Law' as a 'road map' so to speak, of the legal landscape in today's rapidly changing legal environment.

We were gratified to read the editor's preface which raises questions which sum up the deep concern of many of practitioners as well as members of the public as to just what is happening out there in public law. The pace of change in the law as well as the changes themselves have occasioned not inconsiderable disquiet as exemplified by David Feldman's comments, which is well worth quoting:

`The new century has seen human rights, freedom of information, devolution and heightened concern for the separation o f powers becoming prominent in the constitution.
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A Public Law Road-Map 6 Jan 2010
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HOW TO FIND OUT HOW THE PUBLIC SECTOR IS AFFECTED BY LAW- A HIGH QUALITY OVERVIEW OF THE RULES AND PRINCIPLES OF ENGLISH PUBLIC LAW

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

The inspiration for `English Public Law' and its companion volume `English Private Law' came from the late Professor Peter Birks who identified a pressing need to create a clear, authoritative overview of both English private and public law for the benefit of practitioners, academics and students alike.

Unlike private law, public law deals with constitutional law, human rights, administrative law and criminal law. As the editor David Feldman points out, the massive amount of minutely detailed information on public law available from the internet and other sources is overwhelming and. we would add, daunting.

Which is why, if you're a lawyer, judge, public servant, politician of political scientist, you need `English Public Law' as a 'road map' so to speak, of the legal landscape in today's rapidly changing legal environment.

We were gratified to read the editor's preface which raises questions which sum up the deep concern of many of practitioners as well as members of the public as to just what is happening out there in public law. The pace of change in the law as well as the changes themselves have occasioned not inconsiderable disquiet as exemplified by David Feldman's comments, which is well worth quoting:

`The new century has seen human rights, freedom of information, devolution and heightened concern for the separation o f powers becoming prominent in the constitution.'

Further changes have included `the position of the judiciary since the first edition of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, (followed by) the demise of the House of Lords as a judicial body and the inauguration of the new Supreme Court....In all these spheres, principle frequently struggles against short term political expediency and pragmatism. It is a suitable moment to ask how far the traditional principles of the constitution (including) the sovereignty of Parliament...the rule of law...and representative and responsible government , still dominate public law and whether they mean the same as they once did.'

Arriving at conclusions or answers to such perplexing questions one way or the other will inevitably affect the kind of society, or indeed civilization we wish to build. So, it's all the more reason why those responsible for the maintenance, interpretation and future development of the law should read this book. Divided into four parts over 1,300 pages, it deals with constitutional law, standards for legal accountability in public law, remedies in public law and criminal law, procedure and sentencing.

Readers and researchers will find `English Public Law' and its companion volume invaluable in constructing a deeper and more insightful understanding of the full spectrum of English law. As series editor Professor Burrows has reminded us, Birks' original aim was for `English Private Law' and `English Public Law' to be on every English lawyer's desk as at least a first point of reference -- a view with which we can only concur. Every English lawyer, we believe, should own a copy of both.

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