Europe and the law
Europe and the law

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1 Unit overview

Apart from the English Parliament and common law, there are other major sources of legal rule-making that impact on English domestic law. These are the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and European Union (EU) law.

In comparison with parliamentary legislation and common law, these sources are a recent development. In fact, both the ECHR and EU are just over 50 years old, having emerged as sources of legal rule making in the mid-twentieth century. This makes them relatively developmental when compared to the other sources of English law. Both these sources of European law emerged as a response to the events and aftermath of the Second World War in Europe and we will consider these influences as we look briefly at the history and development of the ECHR and EU.

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Figure 1 Bombed housing in Europe, 1945

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