Law and Modern Society

Law and Modern Society

By (author) P. S. Atiyah

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The law in a modern society is an extremely bulky and complex instrument, with a distracting tendency to become less fixed, less rule-oriented, and more discretionary. An institution made by men for the government of men, the law today can all too readily confuse and dismay us. How and why is so much new law made? By what right does a judge order that a man be sent to gaol? Why is so much law so bad, and why should we, the people, accept the laws made by those who claim the right to govern us? In this lucid, stimulating and completely updated survey, which presupposes no specialist knowledge of the subject, P S Atiyah introduces the reader to a number of fundamental issues about the law, the legal profession, and the adjudicative process. This new edition gives greater emphasis to the effect of membership of the European Community on English law, and gives an expanded account of the European convention on Human Rights with its subsequent effects on English law. Atiyah also looks at the recent controversy over the independence of the judiciary, problems arising from the cost of legal services and legal aid, and the many appalling miscarriages of justice which have disfigured the legal system in the past decade.

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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 14mm | 258.55g
  • 19 Oct 1995
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0192892673
  • 9780192892676
  • 947,441

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P. S. Atiyah was Professor of English Law at Oxford from 1977 unti 1988 when he retired.

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How and why is so much new law made? By what right does a judge order that someone be sent to jail? Why is so much of the law so contentious, and why should we, the people, accept the laws made by those who claim the right to govern us? In this lucid, stimulating, and completely updated survey, P. S. Atiyah introduces the reader to a number of fundamental issues about English law, the legal profession, and the adjudicative process. This new edition gives greater emphasis to the effect of membership of the European Community on English law, and gives an expanded account of the European Convention on Human Rights with its subsequent effects on our laws. Atiyah also looks at the recent controversy over the independence of the judiciary, problems arising from the cost of legal services and legal aid, and the many worrying miscarriages of justice which have tainted the legal system in the past decade.

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