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The Struggle for Civil Liberties: Political Freedom and the Rule of Law in Britain 1914-1945 
by K.D. Ewing and C.A. Gearty.
Oxford, 451 pp., £50, February 2000, 0 19 825665 5
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... no historian has believed that for years, if ever. Don’t they read history books at law school? Ewing and Gearty do; not very many, granted, but enough to put them straight, and, with luck, to return their legal readers to earth. In one of the most refreshing parts of their book they place British common law in its historical context, where it is clear that ...

Colonels in Horsehair

Stephen Sedley: Human Rights and the Courts, 19 September 2002

Sceptical Essays on Human Rights 
edited by Tom Campbell and K.D. Ewing.
Oxford, 423 pp., £60, December 2001, 0 19 924668 8
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... objectives and are ‘necessary in a democratic society’. One of the book’s editors, Keith Ewing, complains in his uncompromising critique that there is no guidance in the Act or the Convention as to what ‘a democratic society’ means. But the Strasbourg Court realised a long time ago that it should not be lured into making socio-political choices ...

Free speech for Rupert Murdoch

Stephen Sedley, 19 December 1991

... in the last number of the London Review. Liberty (the NCCL) and polemicists such as Keith Ewing and Ronald Dworkin have confined their attention to a Bill of Rights alone. But the yoking of the two is not accidental. It reflects the cast of mind which two centuries ago in the US found it necessary to temper the creation of a federal state by enacting ...

The Leader’s Cheerleaders

Simon Jenkins: Party Funding in Britain, 20 September 2007

The Cost of Democracy: Party Funding in Modern British Politics 
by K.D. Ewing.
Hart, 279 pp., £30, March 2007, 978 1 84113 716 2
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... the poor bloody infantry of politics has been left to atrophy. The unspoken assumption of K.D. Ewing’s study of party funding is that this matters. Parties are essential conduits for accountable and representative democracy. They are crucial institutions through which citizens debate and put themselves forward to serve in government. No democracy does ...

What are judges for?

Conor Gearty, 25 January 2001

... of political power in this country since 1911, and perhaps since 1688’, as my colleague K.D. Ewing has described it. This is the real turn-up for the books and the stunning answer to those of us who have long argued for a limited judicial function in order to allow our legislature to get on with the business of making general rules. What are we to say ...

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