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The Business of Judging: Selected Essays and Speeches: 1985-1999 [Paperback]

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7 Nov 2011
Tom Bingham (1933-2010) was the 'greatest judge of our time' (The Guardian), a towering figure in modern British public life who championed the rule of law and human rights inside and outside the courtroom. The Business of Judging collects Bingham's most important writings during his period in judicial office before the House of Lords.

The papers collected here offer Bingham's views on a wide range of issues, ranging from the ethics of judging to the role of law in a diverse society. They include his reflections on the main contours of English public and criminal law, and his early work on the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights and reforming the constitution.

Written in the accessible style that made The Rule of Law (2010) a popular success, the book will be essential reading for all those working in law, and an engaging inroad to understanding the role of the law and courts in public life for the general reader.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199693358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199693351
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.8 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lord Bingham...considers some of the most contentious social issues of our day, and for that reason should be on the reading list of every civilised citizen, especially every politician and tabloid journalist (Law Quarterly Review)

The current collection of lectures, speeches and essays makes full use of Lord Bingham's wide range of insights. ... the historical aspect of the book is one of its more captivating qualities ... a thoroughly enjoyable book ... ideally suited to the general reader, whether lay person or lawyer, who wants to know a little about a lot of subjects. The book is well written - always clear and concise, often insightful and amusing - and well researched ... (The Cambridge Law Journal, 2001)

The Judge as Lawmaker and The Discretion of the Judge, are elegantly and cogently written and will appeal to lay people, as well as to lawyers. (Martin Mears, New Law Journal)

... beautifully written: scholarly, cogently argued, humorous, and humane (Counsel, August 2001)

exceptionally thoughtful and illuminating (Marcel Berlins, The Guardian)

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The late Tom Bingham, who died in September 2010, was arguably the most notable English judge of the twentieth century. An outspoken supporter of the Human Rights Act 1998, he held many of the most senior roles in the judiciary, acting as Queen's Bench judge, Lord Justice of Appeal, Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and Senior Law Lord, before his retirement in 2008.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bingham's Accessible Style.... 8 Oct 2011
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An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

The late Tom Bingham has been described, rightly, as a towering figure in modern British public life as a judge who is "accessible" to our generation of lawyers and jurisprudents. "The Business of Judging" is an important step forward in breaking down the massive barriers which have existed in the past over what judges actually do, how they think and what views they have outside the confines of their delivered judgments.

So, here we have a series of papers collected together spanning the years 1985 to 1999 which set out Bingham's views on a wide range of matters.

The book is of immense value to legal scholars because it gives us an insight for our diverse society with views on the ethics of judging to the rule of law (a favourite theme for him). Bingham also delivers reflections on the main contours of English public and criminal law which always remain highly debatable and controversial.

No mention of Tom Bingham can be made with reference to his most important legal contribution to the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law and the big question of constitutional reform. This book sets out some of his fullest statements and early writings for this controversial subject, and his views on the role of the judiciary and the ethics of judging will be particularly relevant to jurisprudence and great help to exam students!
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