Stephen sedley biography

stephen sedley biography
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Is it another "Hoffmann" case -- Lord Justice Hoffmann was the judge who did not abstain from voting in the Lords against General Pinochetalthough a past director of Amnesty International, one of the petitioners in the action? Or, as seems equally possible, a leftist judge acting on his own religious instincts and conscience as much as on the dictates of the law?

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Stephen Sedley first really came to the public attention in as a barrister during the proceedings of Lord Justice Scarman's Public Judicial Inquiry into the violent communist disturbances at Red Lion Square which led to one fatality.

Scarman found that the International Marxist Group had made a "vicious, violent and unprovoked attack on the Police" who stephen sedley biography guarding Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, to try and prevent access to the hall by the National Front who had booked it for a meeting to protest against the Labour Government's decision to grant an amnesty to illegal immigrants.

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Martin Webster, the no less well-known organiser of the NF protest march to the hall which was described by Scarman as "orderly and responsive to Police directions" was called to give evidence to the Inquiry. In his cross-examination of Webster Sedley began shouting provocative allegations in such an abusive manner that he was reprimanded by Lord Justice Scarman. Witnesses remember Sedley's face as being ashen and contorted with hatred and rage.

Rather like Richard Rampton QC in the Lipstadt case, he had clearly identified with the cause of his clients, and did not conduct himself as a cool professional.

Indeed, the 'ashes and sparks' of the stephen sedley biography is derived from a stephen sedley biography in a Leveller pamphlet, The Privileges of the People, published in In a later piece, Sedley argues that in the 21st century, rights "will not be confined to those that seemed self-evident in the eighteenth and nineteenth", hinting at his framing of rights within a wider historical perspective.

This might well raise an eyebrow among critics of what some of the press regards as judges 'legislating from the bench' in the field of human rights.

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But Sedley is quite right to point out in response that the rights alone mean nothing. Stalin did it, and much good it did his millions of victims". It is only in their application to difficult legal and practical issues that rights are given meaning.

stephen sedley biography

Sedley recognises that law entails making difficult choices. However he does run into more difficulties with the relativistic nature he ascribes to rights. In one essay, he proposes dropping the argument for rights as a universal concept, in favour of a more locally diverse model.

stephen sedley biography

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