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The Cold War, Civil Liberties, and the House of Lords

K. D. Ewing

in The Legal Protection of Human Rights

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606078
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729720 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606078.003.0008
The Cold War, Civil Liberties, and the House of Lords

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Following on an overview of civil liberties during the Cold War, this chapter argues that courts are part of the political constitution and cannot be seen as an obstruction to government, that this is most clearly the case in times of national security, where there is complete deference to the executive, and that neither the Law Officers nor Parliament provide effective safeguards. In the Westminster system of government, everything depends on the self-restraint of governments and where this is lacking the only remedy is elections.

Keywords: Cold War; Communist Party; Committee of 100; Official Secrets Act 1911

Chapter.  15646 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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