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The Sovereignty of Law By Francis G. Jacobs (King's College London)

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Each chapter looks at law in relation to three different themes or sets of values. The first might be termed constitutional values; the second, social or societal values, including some ethical questions; the third, law and economy, looking at different economic systems.

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The Sovereignty of Law: The European Way by Francis G. Jacobs (King's College London)

Recently, the role of courts has changed dramatically. Not only do courts now have to decide cases between parties, they also often have to choose between competing fundamental values. Judges may have to balance the potentially conflicting interests of human life and human dignity; freedom of speech and the right of privacy; or free trade and the protection of the environment. The courts may have to circumscribe freedom of religion, and decide when religious dress may be worn. With the non-specialist in mind, and starting from the basic notion of the rule of law, this book explores how judges can and should address such issues. Both the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Union often play a decisive role, and the book points out both the advantages and the difficulties posed by this. Above all, it seeks to promote a more informed debate.

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'... sheds much light on some of the most difficult questions of our time, and in a manner accessible to expert and casual readers alike. ... provides a veritable cognitive feast. The Cambridge University Press has done an admirable job of turning the lively lecture into an attractive and readable volume.' Cian C. Murphy

About Francis G. Jacobs (King's College London)

Professor of Law, King's College London, and Jean Monnet Professor. Formerly Advocate-General at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The rule of law in Europe; 3. The European Convention on Human Rights and the rule of law; 4. The European Union and the rule of law; 5. Fundamental values; 6. Courts and free markets; 7. The European Union today: some achievements; 8. The European Union today: some problems; Afterword.

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The Sovereignty of Law: The European Way by Francis G. Jacobs (King's College London)
Francis G. Jacobs (King's College London)
The Hamlyn Lectures
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