Fighting for Justice

Common Law and Civil Law Judges: Threats and Challenges

Editor(s) Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan

Language: English

Genre(s): Social Policy and Law

Series: International Law

  • June 2021 · 272 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786837462
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786837479
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786837486

About The Book

This is a time when the rule of law is seriously challenged, when governments threaten deliberately to break the law, and the independence of justice is jeopardised by unrelenting pressure from both the executive and the media. This book aims at contributing to restoring trust in judges as custodians of the law and justice, through a comparison between Civil and Common Law countries. It offers a rare opportunity to gather the expertise of eminent judges and legal authorities from five different countries, providing a unique insight into their work and the way they deliver justice based on their respective professional experience and practise of the law. Far from being a highly technical debate between experts, however, the book is accessible to students and the general public, and raises important contemporary legal issues that involve them both as citizens, with justice as a shared aspiration, and a common attachment to the rule of law.


‘This impressive collection of essays is an important reminder of the pressures to which the rule of law is subject. The expert contributors, speaking from a wide range of different perspectives, demonstrate how these challenges can be overcome and, in the process, provide valuable insights into how judges and justice work.’
-Lord Lloyd-Jones, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

‘This collection of essays is a timely analysis of the centrality of an independent judiciary to a democracy. It offers a powerful insight into the pressures as they arise in Canada, Denmark, England, France, Spain and Wales, and a cross-jurisdictional approach to issues such as diversity, political neutrality and training.’
-Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales 2013–17


List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Judges’ common threats and challenges, Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan
Part One: Judicial Independence
Chapter One: Reflections on judges in civil law and common law countries, Lord Judge
Chapter Two: A Customary Scale of Punishment; Judicial Sentencing in England and Wales, Victor Bailey
Chapter Three: National perceptions of Judges and Lawyers in the UK, Matthias Kelly
Chapter Four: Judicial independence in Spain, Ana Maria Neira-Pena and David Soto Diaz
Part Two: Judicial Diversity
Chapter Five: Diversity and Judicial Independence in Denmark, Peter Gjørtler
Chapter Six: Diversity and Judicial Independence in Quebec and Canada, Michel Morin
Part Three: Access to Justice
Chapter Seven: Judging access to justice: the case of the United Kingdom and France, Géraldine Gadbin-George
Chapter Eight: Demystifying the laws and the work of judges in Wales, Milwyn Jarman
Part Four: Judicial training reform
Chapter Nine: The status and influence of judges of France and of common law jurisdictions: Recruitment, training and reform, Winston Roddick
Chapter Ten: The Declaration of Judicial Training Principles: Judicial Training ‘as part of the judicial role’, Benoît Chamouard
Conclusion: Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan

Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan is Professor in Law and Languages at the University of Poitiers and at the Bordeaux Law School. She is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College, London.

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