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  • Lord Wright

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It may seem odd at a crisis like this in the history of the empire and of mankind to be thinking and writing of academic questions of law, but the Editor has asked me to contribute an article to the University of Toronto Law Journal as a token of the sympathy and fellow-feeling of lawyers on both sides of the Atlantic. I am glad to be able to comply with his request and I do so also as a token of appreciation of the noble efforts that Canada is making for the cause which is so dear to the hearts of all of us. What Canada is doing is also being done by the other sister nations of the empire—the great Dominions—the colonies and India. All are united not by material or formal bonds, but by ties of kindred and by a common devotion to the cause of the free spirit and dignity of man, of the supremacy of law over tyranny, treachery, and brute force. The common law which binds together the English-speaking countries has been well called the law of the free peoples. We are confident that the forces of evil are ephemeral compared with that law. We can without impropriety forget for a brief space the pressing evils and dwell a little on that which will survive them, the common law.

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1 Collected Papers (Cambridge, 1911), Vol. III, at pp. 435ff.

2 (1860) 8 H. L. C. 369.

3 At pp. 391–2.

4 (1861) 9 H. L. C. 274.

5 (1844) 10 C1. & F. 534.

6 (1861) 9 H. L. C. 274, at pp. 338–9.

7 (1852) 3 H. L. C. 341, at p. 388.

8 [1898] A. C. 375, at p. 380.

9 At pp. 380–1.

10 [1939] A. C. 215.

11 (1858) 3 Macq. 266.

12 [1939] A. C. 215, at p. 228.

13 [1940] A. C. 51.

14 [1901] A. C. 495, at p. 506.

15 [1901] A. C. 244.

16 [1901] A. C. 495, at p. 506.

17 [1898] A. C. 1.

18 [1914] A. C. 398.

19 Ibid., at p. 458.

20 (1880) 13 Ch. D. 696.

21 (1778), 7 T. R. 350, note (a).

22 (1808) 1 Camp. 493.

23 [1917] A. C. 38

24 [1912] A. C. 716.

25 (1887) 18 Q. B. D. 714, at p. 718.

26 [1906] A. C. 439, at p. 465.

27 [1912] A. C. 716, at p. 738.

28 [1937] A. C. 500.

29 [1940] 4 All E. R. 20, reversing [1939] 1 All E. R. 676.

30 [1910] A. C. 87.

31 [1928] A. C. 57.

32 (1877) 2 App. Cas. 743.

33 [1932] A. C. 161.

34 (1867) L. R. 2 H. L. 149, at p. 170.

35 [1934] A. C. 455, at p. 463.

36 [1928] A. C. 57, at p. 87.

37 [1932] A. C. 392.

38 [1938] A. C. 101.

39 [1940] A. C. 583.

40 [1940] A. C. 412.

41 [1938] A. C. 1.

42 [1894] A, C. 535.

43 At p. 553.

44 [1917] A. C. 406.

45 At p. 446.

46 [1938] A. C. 586.

47 [1919] A. C. 59.

48 At p. 81.

49 [1937] A. C. 863.

50 [1927] A. C. 515, at p. 519.

51 [1936] A. C. 85.

52 [1932] A. C. 562.

53 [1938] A. C. 287.

54 [1919] A. C. 815.

55 [1936] A. C. 511.

56 (1882) 10 Q. B. D. 327.

57 [1938] A. C. 173.

58 [1915] A. C. 120.

59 [1892] A. C. 25.

60 [1898] A. C. 1.

61 [1901] A. C. 495.

62 [1925] A. C. 700.

63 [1937] A. C. 797.

* This article was first published in the Toronto Law Journal, Vol. IV (1942). In view of its general importance, Lord Wright has kindly consented to its republication here, and Professor W. P. M. Kennedy, the editor of the Toronto Law Journal has very courteously given his permission to the reprinting of it,—Ed, C.L.J.

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