Law in a Time of Crisis

Jonathan Sumption
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An essential examination of the hinterland between the law and politics, judges and politicians.

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.

Author bio:

Lord Jonathan Sumption is a British judge and historian. He served as a Justice of the Supreme Court until 2018 and is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Trials of the State and Divided Houses, which won the 2009 Wolfson History Prize.

Category: Politics & Government
ISBN: 9781788167123
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Profile Trade
Pub Date: May 2022
Page Extent: 256
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Politics & government