The Cultural Roots of Crime

The Cultural Roots of Crime

Barry Latzer is that rare academic with both practical and theoretical knowledge of his subject matter. He prosecuted and defended accused criminals while teaching at the City University of New York graduate center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His new...
Policies for change – the role of the courts

Policies for change – the role of the courts

Former First Parliamentary Counsel Sir Stephen Laws describes how judicial review of policy has a chilling effect on political decision making, diminishing democratic accountability. He says that judicial functions instead need to leave room for political...
Who should decide who decides the public interest?

Who should decide who decides the public interest?

In this post Rebecca Elvin reflects on the separation of powers in the UK constitution and argues that politicians, rather than judges, are best placed to determine the public interest. She draws on a recent exchange between  Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP and...
Rethinking the emergency services split

Rethinking the emergency services split

The incidents emergency services must deal with rarely fit neatly into one of the traditional remits of the three separate emergency services. One person might think another individual is being aggressive and threatening (a Police incident) when actually that person...