This selection of essays, speeches and personal reflections, draws on the analysis of one of the leading lawyers of a generation. Lord Dyson as Master of the Rolls and Head of the Civil Justice System oversaw a period of reform of both law and legal process. This collection discusses some key themes of, and challenges faced during, his tenure as one of the most senior lawyers in England and Wales. Through these insightful, engaging and compelling pieces, a picture emerges of a robust system of law whose core values can be plotted back to the Magna Carta, but which is flexible enough to respond to current changes without fracturing. A truly compelling exploration of continuity and change in the law by one of its key jurists.
Lord Dyson was a Justice of the UK Supreme Court from 2010 until 2012 and the Master of the Rolls and Head of the Civil Justice System in England and Wales from 2012 until 2016.
Part I: Reflections on the Common Law and the Power of Judges 1. Criticising Judges: Fair Game or Off-limits? 2. Academics and Judges 3. Are the Judges Too Powerful? 4. Magna Carta and Compensation Culture 5. Does Judicial Review Undermine Democracy? 6. Liability of Public Authorities in Negligence 7. The Shifting Sands of Statutory Interpretation 8. Time to Call it a Day: Some Reflections on Finality and the Law 9. The Globalisation of Law 10. Recent Developments in Commercial Law Conference 11. The Contribution of Construction Cases to the Development of the Common Law Part II: Human Rights 12. What is Wrong with Human Rights? 13. Human Rights in an Age of Terrorism 14. Religion and the Law: Some Current Problems 15. The Extraterritorial Application of the European Convention on Human Rights: Now on a Firmer Footing, But is it a Sound One? Part III: Magna Carta and the Rule of Law 16. Magna Carta-Liberties, Customs and the Free Flow of Trade 17. Delay Too Often Defeats Justice 18. Magna Carta and Religion 19. Runnymede 20. Advocates as Protectors of the Rule of Law Part IV: Access to Justice and Civil Procedure 21. Litigators-Survive and Thrive 22. The Jackson Reforms and Civil Justice 23. Sharpening the Public Gaze: Advances in Open Justice in England and Wales 24. Threats to Justice in the Twenty-first Century 25. Halsey 10 Years On-The Decision Revisited 26. Arbitration versus Litigation 27. Arbitration After Brussels I Reform Part V: Personal 28. School Speech Day 29. How My Classical Education Has Affected My Life 30. Valedictory Part VI: Epilogue 31. Changes in the Law in the Last 50 Years