Monday, June 12, 2006

Constitutional Law

Considering the luck I had in blogging about the subject for my next exam (see below), this blog is concerns my exam tomorrow: Constitutional law.

This is a quote from an article by the Legal Philosopher Ronald Dworkin in 1996.
Great Britain was once a fortress for freedom. It claimed the great philosophers of liberty - Milton and Locke and Paine and Mill. Its legal tradition is irradiated with liberal ideas: that people accused of crime are presumed to be innocent, that no one owns another's conscience, that a man's home is his castles, that speech is the first liberty because it is central to the rest. But now Britain offers much less formal legal protection to central freedoms than most democracies do, including most of Britain's neighbours in Europe. These democracies have written constitutions that guarantee individual freedom, and their judges are charged with ensuring that other public officials, including legislators, respect those rights.
(Does Britain Need a Bill of Rights?)
I agree with what Dworkin is saying, expect that I think he overestimates the liberty in the UK at the time of either Milton, Locke, Paine or Mill.


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