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1st Edition

Human Rights and Civil Liberties

ISBN 9781843920083
Published May 1, 2003 by Willan
480 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides a wide-ranging and accessible textbook covering the main areas of civil liberties and human rights law as it applies to England and Wales, meeting the requirements of undergraduate law syllabuses.

The book sets out not only the legal rules, common law and statutes which relate to the field of civil liberties and human rights, but also the arguments and debates which have surrounded the development of an increasingly controversial area of the law, looking at the background principles underlying it, the coherence and consistency of the rules one to another and the social and political consequences of their application in practice. Particular attention is paid to the impact of developments in Europe, and especially to the Human Rights Act 1998 which has had an especial impact on the freedom to participate in determining public goals and the ability to preserve an area of personal autonomy. The book also addresses the nature and impact of the major statutory reforms in areas such as surveillance, protection of personal data and freedom of information, and devotes as well a chapter to the increasingly prominent issue of 'terrorism' and how the government and the law should respond.

Table of Contents

Table of cases. ­ Tables of acts of parliament.  Table of Command, Parliamentary and other official papers.  Table of International Acts  Part 1: Values and Institutions  1. Introduction and underlying values  2. The institutional setting  Part 2: General powers and the duties of the state  3. Public authorities  4. The police and security services  5. Police powers: stop and search, arrest and detention  6. Police powers: entry, search and seizure  7. Surveillance  8. The right to a fair trial  9. Prisoners rights  Part 3: Freedom of expression and the media  10. Freedom of expression  11. The media  12. Contempt of court  Part 4: Political freedom  13. Political participation and electoral politics  14. Political offences  15. Access to public information  16. National security  17. Public order and political action  18. Terrorism and the law  Part :5 Private Life  19. The protection of personal information  20. Bodily integrity  21. Sexual freedom  22. Obscenity and indecency  23. Religious freedom and blasphemy

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Howard Davis is Reader in Public Law at the University of Bournemouth Business School. His particular research interests include public law, anti-terrorism legislation, and human rights law and the political process.