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By Andrew Mitchell

ISBN-10: 0203885899

ISBN-13: 9780203885895

ISBN-10: 0415458528

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This settlement resulted from the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688, in which King William III (William of Orange) agreed to a ‘bill of rights’ for the protection of individual rights and liberties, and parliamentary dominance over the monarchy was declared. After 1688, Parliament continued to gain power at the monarch’s expense, to the extent that the monarch is today a largely ceremonial figure with very limited powers (see further discussion of the Crown in this chapter). As for constitutional landmarks, the Magna Carta of 1215, signed by King John and the major feudal landowners, is still seen as a reference point for the protection of civil liberties.

Of the unsuccessful attempts by lawyers for Mohammed • Appoint and dismiss the Prime Minister. Al-Fayed, in 2007, to require the Queen (and the Duke These are seen as ‘conventions’ rather than powers. of Edinburgh) to give evidence at the inquest into the Crown immunity • Maxim: ‘The King can do no wrong’. deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed. • King or Queen cannot be subject to legal action. The box to the right summarises the role of the • Crown servants can be subject to legal action.

Other methods include the use of pictures to illustrate a case. Sometimes this can be a simple representation of the case – for example, a snail in a ginger beer bottle for the landmark case of Donoghue v Stevenson (1932) (see Chapter 13) – but on other occasions, an illustration will not only aid the memory but also provide a fuller understanding of the facts. Such methods are subjective and you will have your own favoured approach, but it does seem to be generally good advice to learn by association.

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