A History of Ideas: Habeas Corpus

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A History of Ideas: Habeas Corpus

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Stephen Fry on Habeas Corpus

 Ray Laurence

How can we protect individual freedom and ensure that Governments cannot hold people without charge? Habeas corpus ad subjiciendum, AKA ‘The Great Writ’ has been a cornerstone of our justice system since Saxon times. It requires that those who have been arrested be brought to trial. But even in the so-called ‘Free West’ are there ways for Governments such as those of the UK and the USA to get around it? 

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Here’s the whole episode from A History of Ideas –  Historian Alice Taylor on Habeas Corpus.

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