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The common law about aliens

Lord Denning

in The Due Process of Law

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780406176080
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191705113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780406176080.003.0024
The common law about aliens

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This chapter discusses the common law in respect of an alien. In the last twenty-five years there has been much concern about the entry of immigrants into England. Previously there was little concern. No restriction was placed on immigrants either by the Common Law or by Statute. So much so that England might well be regarded as the most ‘liberal’ of all the countries in the world. Much of this law remains so far as aliens are concerned. The author states that he has endeavoured to set out some of the leading cases. This chapter illustrates the importance of the writ of habeas corpus. It also gives an account of many cases, which have been decided on an application for the writ.

Keywords: common law; alien; immigrants; Statute; habeas corpus

Chapter.  3601 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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