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The Antinomies of the Law Officers

Neil Walker

in The Nature of the Crown

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198262732
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682407 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262732.003.0006
The Antinomies of the Law Officers

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This chapter examines the antimonies of the law officers of the Crown in Great Britain. It highlights the tension between law officers' attachment to a particular government on the one hand and their commitment to the integrity of the legal and political order on the other hand. It describes the three models of law officers and suggests that the non-political model ignores the fact that decision-making in the public interest is based on political criteria.

Keywords: law officers; political order; legal order; public interest

Chapter.  16540 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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