Just Law : The Changing Face of Justice - And Why It Matters to Us All
Acute, questioning, humane and passionately concerned for justice, Helena Kennedy is one of the most powerful voices in legal circles in Britain today. Here she roundly challenges the record of modern governments over the fundamental values of equality, fairness and respect for human dignity. She argues that in the last twenty years we have seen a steady erosion of civil liberties, culminating today in extraordinary legislation, which undermines long established freedoms. Are these moves a crude political response to demands for law and order? Or is the relationship between citizens and the state being covertly reframed and redefined?
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 130 x 198 x 24mm | 358.34g
- 01 Apr 2006
- Vintage Publishing
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
A leading left-wing establishment figure confronts the government head-on in this stunning, closely argued challenge to the track record of undermining civil liberties. It is a vivid and provocative survey of the state of law and justice in Britain today.
"Highly readable... Startlingly topical"
"Remarkable - a passionate, cogent and eloquent defence of the idea of law as the framework for a just society... Vitally important" * Financial Times * "Highly readable... Startlingly topical" * Sunday Telegraph * "Powerful and prescient" * Daily Telegraph * "This is a good book, well-written, pacey and to the point" * Sunday Times * "Admirable... Without Helena Kennedy's passionate defence of the rule of law we might be completely in the hands of an uncaring government" * Daily Mail *
About Helena Kennedy
Helena Kennedy QC is one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers and public figures. She is a regular broadcaster, journalist and lecturer and throughout her career has focussed on giving voice to those who have least power in the system, championing civil liberties and civil rights. Her 1994 book Eve Was Framed led to a number of key reforms for women and was followed in 2004 by Just Law. She is the Master of Mansfield College, University of Oxford, and was awarded a life peerage in 1997. Born in Glasgow, she lives in London.