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Conor Gearty
1957 -

Professor of Human Rights Law at Kings College, London


... I have a strong hankering for a very limited judicial function ... a society in which broadly speaking the rules are made by representatives, interpreted by the courts and enforced if needs be by the executive arm.

Dec. 11, 2000 - from his inaugural lecture as Professor at Kings College, London
Not only do we lawyers often simply not see that the common law is legislative in effect; we also have difficulty in seeing that it is driven by a particular and highly political (in the broadest sense) view of the world.

Dec. 11, 2000 - from his inaugural lecture as Professor at Kings College, London
If we think about legislation in functional rather than institutional terms, i.e. as the making of general rules for the governance of the community rather than as a place which does things, it becomes quite obvious -- so apparent that we donít really notice its implications most of the time -- that the judges have been far more deeply involved in legislating than the occasional speech in the House of Lords would suggest.

Dec. 11, 2000 - from his inaugural lecture as Professor at Kings College, London