The educational system depended, for the serious, primarily on private reading, and what you read was not snippets, but whole cases, and whole books, and a small number of whole articles

Since they had to pretend to study something, they were commonly dumped in the law school

One myth which needs to be taken with a considerable grain of salt is that the courts operated as vigilant protectors of liberty

when a Foreign Office lawyer, Vincent Evans, was flown to Geneva in 1974 to look after human rights in negotiations then underway there, he had never previously heard of the expression

the deeply anti-intellectual culture of British lawyers

Especially in legal academia the moral of the story has to be spelled out, so that even the dimmest person can see what it might be about

There was inevitably a conflict of interest between governing departments and the Foreign Office

The Home Office is the odd man out, having destroyed most of the policy files of its international department which were created between 1945 and 1966

Both the Soviet Union and the United States of America were unwilling to make any surrender of sovereignty in the cause of human rights; human rights were for export only

A W Brian Simpson