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Lives of the Law, by Tom Bingham. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. xiv + 371 + (index) 16pp (£19.99 hardback). ISBN 978-0-19-969730-4.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

David Feldman*
University of Cambridge


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110. A selection of Bingham's earlier work was published as Bingham, T The Business of Judging: Selected Essays and Speeches (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000 CrossRefGoogle Scholar).

111. See eg Lord Bingham of Cornhill ‘The rule of law’ [2007] Clj 67, 75.

112. See eg R (Jackson) v Attorney General [2005] UKHL 56, [2006] 1 AC 262, HL at [9], [30], [32] per Lord Bingham of Cornhill; Lord Bingham of CornhillThe rule of law and the sovereignty of Parliament’ (2008) 19 King's Law Journal 223 CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

113. Bingham took a First in History at Oxford. In his introduction to the book, Sir Jeffrey Jowell refers to the address by Lord Mackay of Clashfern at Lord Bingham's memorial service, saying that Lord Bingham had described himself as an historian manqué (Bingham, Lives of the Law [hereafter ‘Lives’] p vi).

114. Dicey, AV Lectures Introductory to the Study of the Law of the Constitution (London: Macmillan, 1885) p 15 Google Scholar.

115. Ibid, p 19.

116. Lives, p 156.

117. Ibid., p 134.

118. Ibid.

119. Birks, PThe heap of good learning: the jurist in the common law tradition’ in Markesinis, B (ed) Law Making, Law Finding and Law Shaping: The Diverse Influences (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997) pp 113114 Google Scholar, quoted in Lives, pp 127, 143.

120. Dicey, above n 5, pp 18–19 (footnote omitted).

121. Lives, chs 1, 13, 14.

122. Ibid., pp 219–220. See also chs 8, 9, 12.

123. [2008] UKHL 61; [2009] AC 453 HL at [68]–[74].

124. [2004] UKHL 56; [2005] 2 AC 68 HL at [17]–[24], [34]–[42], [59]–[70].

125. [2005] UKHL 71; [2006] 2 AC 221 HL at [11]–[13], [17], [29]–[45].

126. Bingham, TH Widening Horizons: The Influence of Comparative Law and International Law on Domestic Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010 CrossRefGoogle Scholar).

127. Lives, ch 20.

128. Moore, JB International Arbitrations to which the US has been a Party, 6 vols (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1898 Google Scholar) vol 1, ch 4.

129. Lives, p 12. See further Bingham, T The Rule of Law (London: Allen Lane, 2010 Google Scholar).

130. JP Curran ‘Address in connection with the right of election of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, 10 July 1710’:‘The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt.’

131. Lives, p 208.

132. Ibid., p 156.

133. D Feldman ‘None, one or several? Perspectives on the Uk's constitution(s)’ (2005) Clj 329.

134. Lives, p 146.

135. Ibid, pp 216–218.

136. Lives, p 44 (footnote omitted).

137. Ibid, pp 356–357.

138. Ibid, p 150.

139. Ibid, chs 4 (‘The Evolving Constitution’), 5 (‘The Old Order Changeth’), 6 (‘A Written Constitution?’), 7 (‘The Future of the House of Lords’) and 10 (‘The Highest Court in the Land’).

140. 140.Anon ‘Lord Bingham of Cornhill’ The Daily Telegraph 12 September 2010, available at .