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Liberty Intact: Human Rights in English Law

Michael Tugendhat


This short history of human rights for lawyers, and others interested in history and politics, shows that they are British rights, not because Britons invented these ‘rights of mankind’, but because at home and in America, they were more successful than other peoples in the struggle for liberty. It explains the reasons given to justify the recognition of these rights, citing mainly from Blackstone’s Commentaries of the Laws of England, but also from Paine, Burke, Hume, Milton, Coke, St German, More, Fortescue, and others, together with American and French sources. Each of the rights set out in ... More

Keywords: human rights, Droits de l’Homme, Blackstone, Human Rights Act, European Convention on Human Rights, Bill of Rights, English law, French law, Strasbourg Court

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790990
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Tugendhat, author
Former Judge of the High Court of England and Wales