Lord Kilmuir

A Vignette

By Neil Duxbury

This book examines the career and achievements of Lord Kilmuir (David Maxwell Fyfe), a British politician and former Lord Chancellor who is mainly remembered for some poor and unpopular decisions, but who nevertheless made a considerable mark on 20th-century legal development. After World War II, Kilmuir not only excelled as a fellow prosecutor with Justice Robert Jackson at Nuremberg, but also played a significant role in the effort to restore European unity, particularly through his involvement in the drafting of the European Convention on Human Rights. Drawing on archival and other primary sources, the book considers Kilmuir's initiatives both at home and in Europe, and concludes by marking out his achievements as a pro-European conservative who not only favored the right of individual petition to a supranational, Convention enforcing court, but who also favored Parliament legislating to replicate Convention norms in domestic law. [Subject: Biography, Legal History, Political History, Constitutional Law, European Law, Human Rights Law]

Publication Date: 5/21/2015
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781782256236