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Common Law and Modern Society: Keeping Pace with Change

Mary Arden


Law is a lasting social institution but it must also be open to change. While Volume I looked at human rights and European law, the focus here is on how the law operates within England and Wales. Section A looks at the way judge-made law responds to the changing needs of society, arising from changing social values, constitutional shifts or the need for a better legal framework in a particular field. Section B deals with simplification of the law and its systematic reform, including codification. For the past 50 years these tasks have been central to the work of the Law Commission, whose contr ... More

Keywords: social change, constitutional law, law reform, Law Commission, judiciary, judicial independence, accountability of judges, judgment writing, diversity

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755845
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755845.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Arden, author
Member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and Head of International Relations for England and Wales, Court of Appeal of England and Wales

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