Law in a Time of Crisis (Paperback)
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Law in a Time of Crisis (Paperback)

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Published: 03/03/2022
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'Thoughtful, stimulating and even entertaining ... Lord Sumption's opinion is always worth listening to, even - or especially - if one disagrees with it.' Daily Telegraph

'Time spent on Law in a Time of Crisis is time spent in the company of a brilliant mind considering interesting things' The Times

Brexit, the independence referendum, the pandemic: the UK is a country in crisis. And, in crises, we turn to the law to set the boundaries of what the government can and should do. However, in a country with no written constitution, what sounds like a simple proposition is in fact anything but.

Based on his 2019 Reith lectures, former Supreme Court Judge Jonathan Sumption asks: what are the limits of law in politics? Is not having a constitution a hindrance or help in times of crisis? From referenda to the rise of nationalisms, Law in a Time of Crisis exposes the uses and abuses of legal intervention in British crises - past, present, and potential.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788167123
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 205 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm
Edition: Main


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time spent on Law in a Time of Crisis is time spent in the company of a brilliant mind considering interesting things ... any person of broadly liberal instinct will find much in this enjoyable book to agree with and much that can improve one's way of thinking and of making an argument - Daniel Finkelstein, the Times

Sumption has always been more than just a lawyer. For many years he was the brilliant QC and then Supreme Court justice who somehow found time on the side to write a definitive, multivolume history of the Hundred Years War: a true Renaissance man - David Runciman, Guardian

Thoughtful, stimulating and even entertaining ... Lord Sumption's opinion is always worth listening to, even - or especially - if one disagrees with it. - Robert Tombs, Telegraph

Praise for Trials of the State: Brisk, entertaining, brilliant ... one of the great lawyers of our time - Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

Magisterial - Edward Fennell, The Times

Elegant and crisply argued (Best Politics and Current Affairs Books of 2019) - Robbie Millen, The Times

The book is hard going, but rewarding. Sumption ... leads his readers persuasively to positions which, when they stop to think, they may not find comfortable - Michael Fry, The National (Scotland)

Sumption examines the increasingly difficult relationship between government and the courts... a former Supreme Court judge,[he] seems rather gloomy about democracy's future, but has produced a very readable analysis (The best current affairs and politics books of 2019) - Roland White, Sunday Times

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