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Fifty Years of the Law Commissions: The Dynamics of Law Reform

ISBN13: 9781849468572
Published: November 2016
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £150.00
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This book brings together past and present law commissioners, judges, practitioners, academics and law reformers to analyse the past, present and future of the Law Commissions in the United Kingdom and beyond.

Its internationally recognised authors bring a wealth of experience and insight into how and why law reform does and should take place, covering statutory and non-statutory reform from national and international perspectives. The book contains papers from a conference to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Law Commissions Act 1965.

Legal History, General Interest
1. Introduction Matthew Dyson, James Lee and Shona Wilson Stark
2. Fifty Years of the Law Commissions: The Dynamics of Law Reform Now, Then and Next Lady Hale

Part 2: The First Half-Century of the Commissions
3. Introduction Lord Hodge
4. Strategies of the Early Law Commission Paul Mitchell
5. Fifty Years of Law Reform-A Note on the Northern Ireland Style Neil Faris
6. Working on the Larger Canvas-Law Reform in a Federal System: Thoughts on Forty Years of the Australian Law Reform Commission Kathryn Cronin
7. Law Reform and Social Policy Eric Clive

Part 3: Institutions, Commissions, Committees, Codifiers
8. Introduction Lord Beith
9. Memoir of a Reforming Chairman Sir Terence Etherton
10. The Duty to Make the Law More Accessible? The Two C-Words George L Gretton
11. The Former Law Commission of Canada: The Road Less Travelled Yves Le Bouthillier
12. The Law Commission and the Criminal Law: Reflections on the Codification Project Ian Dennis

Part 4: The Many Faces of Law Reform
13. Introduction Lord Carnwath
14. Democracy, Law Reform and the Rule of Law Lord Toulson
15. Promoting Law Reform: By Means of Draft Bills or Otherwise Shona Wilson Stark
16. Law Commissions, Courts and Society: A Sceptical View William Binchy
17. A Good Name, a Long Game Laura Dunlop

Part 5: Implementation by Statute
18. Introduction Dame Mary Arden
19. The Legislative Implementation of Law Reform Proposals Sir Grant Hammond
20. Post-legislative Scrutiny, Legislative Drafting and the 'Elusive Boundary' Andrew Burrows
21. Reflections on Statutory Implementation in the Law Commission Nicholas Paines
22. Implementation by Statute: What the Future Holds Hector MacQueen

Part 6: How Law Commissions Work
23. Introduction Sir James Munby
24. The Law Commission Method: Exportable to the EU? Hugh Beale
25. How Law Commissions Work: Some Lessons from the Past David Johnston
26. Challenges for Independent Law Reformers from Changing External Priorities and Shorter Timescales Sir Jack Beatson
27. The Bill's Progress Stephen Lewis

Part 7: Courts and Commissions
28. Introduction Lord Drummond Young
29. The Etiquette of Law Reform James Lee
30. Law Reform in Private Law: The Role of Statutes in Supplementing or Supplanting the Common Law Barbara McDonald
31. The Refiner's Fire Charles Harpum
32. Reflections on the Courts and the Commission David Ormerod

Part 8: Commissioning the Future
33. Introduction Elizabeth Cooke
34. The Scottish Law Commission and the Future of Law Reform in Scotland Lord Pentland
35. Looking to the Future Sir David Lloyd Jones
36. Commissioning the Future-A Chief Executive's Perspective Elaine Lorimer
37. Implementation of Law Reform Reports: Developments in Scotland Malcolm McMillan
38. The Future is a Foreign Country, They Do Things Differently There Matthew Dyson
39. Making Law-Who, How and What? KJ Keith