Prediction Re UK and Law

From today’s Guardian Unlimited:

What are the big questions that will shape the coming year? We asked figures from science, politics, business and the arts for the issue that will dominate their field in 2007

Interviews by Alexandra Topping and Michael Savage

Anthony JuliusWikipedia: “Dr. Anthony Julius (born 1956) is a prominent British lawyer and academic, best known for his actions on behalf of Diana, Princess of Wales and Deborah Lipstadt. He is currently a senior consultant for London law firm, Mishcon de Reya.”, lawyer and academic

Is the UK still governed by the rule of law?

“The maintenance of the rule of law can no longer be taken for granted. In the coming year it will have to be defended. Law should be both stable and transparent, and limit the discretion of the decision-makers in the civil and criminal justice systems. Our law is barely any of those things. The justice systems give so much discretion to decision-makers that the rest of us have become little more than their playthings. Things are bad; I fear they will become worse.”

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  1. Anthony Julius has one of the more interesting résumés among current critics. A celebrated lawyer, he has been with the London firm of Mishcon de Reya since 1979, serving as a “solicitor-advocate,” which means “that in England’s divided legal profession I do the work of both a solicitor and a barrister; I prepare cases for trial and also represent clients in court,” he explained in a recent e-mail message. Julius made headlines in the 1990s when he was retained by a member of the royal family. “I first acted for Diana, Princess of Wales, when she sued some newspapers for publishing photos of her exercising in a gym,” Julius told us. “Later, she asked me to represent her in her divorce.” In 2000, Julius successfully defended the American scholar Deborah Lipstadt in a libel suit brought by the historian David Irving, whom Lipstadt had included among the culprits in her book “Denying the Holocaust.”

    Julius is also a trained literary scholar. “I studied English literature at Cambridge, and 10 years later did my Ph.D. on T. S. Eliot at London University part-time, while working as a lawyer,” he said. The result was Julius’s controversial book, “T. S. Eliot, Anti-Semitism, and Literary Form,” published in 1995. He is now completing a history of anti-Semitism in Britain.

    In recent years, Julius has also been writing about visual art, the subject he discusses in his review in last Sunday’s NYT of the new collection by Hilton Kramer, The Times’s former chief art critic who went on to found The New Criterion.