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Must read on rule of law
25 September 2017
We all follow today what is known as the English law in some form or the other. The British system itself evolved as a minion of the urges of the times. Justice as we know it may or may not be really just, but rather it is what we understand at present time as fair to all participants of society.
How is this book a tough read : 1) It was mostly written for the lawyer (which i am not) . 2) It was written mostly for the context of the British reader. 3) The applicability is mostly to European contexts. 4) He sounds pedantic (maybe that's how lawyers are) 5) Post part 1, the book can be summarized by its chapter headings
Now how does the book really add value to the reader?
1) It answers why: Most people take laws for granted. Those using laws to judge people and those creating laws cannot do that. They must get to the underlying reasons why laws exist and use this understanding accordingly.
2) It lays down how a judge thinks : We always knew lawyers thought differently (!)
3) It might motivate some of you to become lawyers politicians - Not sure this may motivate you to change professions but if you are thinking about which profession to join, this might make you think.
4) Your armchair commentary will get smarter - When you use terms that lawyers use in flawless Latin, even the most ardent adversary in a debate will sit up and take notice!