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Title: Top court reform in the United Kingdom and New Zealand 1999-2011 : a participant perspective and critique
Author: Cornes, Richard
ISNI:       0000 0004 2736 5018
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2011
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The nine pieces that comprise this submission for a doctorate of philosophy in law are concerned with the reform debates in the United Kingdom and New Zealand between 1999 and 2011, and which led during that period to both countries establishing new Supreme Courts. My interest in top court reform in both countries has not been though simply as an academic commentator: three of the pieces were prepared to engage directly with the policy debates concerned: a briefing to a Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords covering the role of the Law Lords; an options study of possible reform models co-authored with Andrew Le Sueur and funded by the ESRC; and a submission to the UK Parliament on the Constitutional Reform Bill. My concern has been, and continues to be, to offer the insights of academic study to ongoing reform debates, and also to bring into my academic writing a sense of the realities which may flow from engaging with the policy making process. To give a sense of ongoing perspective I also outline in a closing chapter my current and possible future research projects, all of which continue in the theme of top court studies in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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