Tuesday, 15 March 2011

One law for all?

Once again it is with thanks to IPJ that this has been brought to my attention, although do note the disclaimer. It comprises only 24 pages and is well worth the time spent reading it, albeit it only being a draft working paper .

Was anyone aware that the following existed: a) the Network of Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union (the British 'representative' of which is The Rt. Hon The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers) - a body which includes the EU Forum of Judges for the Environment (EUFJE); b) the Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Courts of the EU (ACA-Europe) (of which Great Britain is a member); c) the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ); d) the European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters.

During the recent debate on the European Union Bill in the House of Commons much was spoken about the primacy of Parliament vs the power of Judges, with concentration on the European Court of Human Rights. It would seem MP's concerns were suffering from what may be called 'tunnel vision'.

Not only do all these organisations appear to be conspiring co-operating in matters law, but that it would seem to herald the imposition of a 'common law' - resulting in a situation of "Us" ruled by "Them", something which nicely inverts our system of 'common law' which should mean that "They" are ruled by "Us" - the latter a system which sadly seems to be disappearing by the day.


derek.buxton1 said...

I wish that had appeared a few days ago. I challenged a lawyer who put an article on ConHome about the good we derive from the ECHR. I suggested he think again as so far it has done nothing to protect democracy as he claimed.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

db.1: Ah, ConHome, 'Pravda' to the faithful!