Just Law

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Random House, May 31, 2011 - Law - 352 pages
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?
 

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A chillingly thought provoking study of how modern govenments are undermining our long-established and hard-won freedoms under the law. Since the Blair government came into power there has been a ... Read full review

Contents

The Benign State A Modern Myth
10
The Challenge of Terrorism
31
The Law and Order Auction
67
You the Jury
95
The Last Lord Chancellor? m
121
Judging the judges
139
Kill All the Lawyers
153
The Alchemy of Sex and Violence
169
Race the Illusion of Inclusion
184
We Are All Victims Now
207
Criminalising the Poor
230
chHunts and the Press 146
246
Big Brother
259
The Great Prison Scandal
281
The Retreat from Human Rights
301
Further Reading
319

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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 1992 book Eve Was Framed led to a number of key reforms for women and was followed in 2004 by Just Law. She was the Master of Mansfield College, University of Oxford, from 2011 to 2018, and was awarded a life peerage in 1997. Born in Glasgow, she lives in London.

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