• Business, Economics & Law
      October 2019

      Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law

      A Critical Legal Argument

      by Matthew McManus

      In recent years, there has been an explosion of writing on the topic of human dignity across a plethora of different academic disciplines. Despite this explosion of interest, there is one group – critical legal scholars – that has devoted little if any attention to human dignity. This book argues that these scholars should attend to human dignity, a concept rich enough to support a whole range of progressive ambitions, particularly in the field of international law. It synthesizes certain liberal arguments about the good of self-authorship with the critical legal philosophy of Roberto Unger and the capabilities approach to agency of Amartya Sen, to formulate a unique conception of human dignity. The author argues how human dignity flows from an individual’s capacity for self-authorship as defined by the set of expressive capabilities s/he possesses, and the book demonstrates how this conception can enrich our understanding of international human rights law by making the amplification of human dignity its fundamental orientation.

    • Economic history
      September 2010

      History of Money

      From Ancient Times to the Present Day

      by Glyn Davies (Author)

      This is a straight-forward, readable account, written with the minimum of jargon, of the central importance of money in the ordinary business of the life of different people throughout the ages from ancient times to the present day. It includes the Barings crisis and the report by the Bank of England on Barings Bank; up-to-date information on the state of Japanese banking and the changes in the financial scene in the US. It also touches on the US housing market and the problem of negative equity. The paradox of why more coins than ever before are required in an increasingly cashless society is clearly explained, as is the role of the Euro coin as the lowest common denominator in Europe's controversial single currency system. The final section provides evidence to suggest that for most of the world's richer countries the era of persistent inflation may well be at an end. This new edition is updated and takes account of important recent developments such as the independence of the Bank of England, the introduction of Euro notes and coins from 1st of January 2002 and developments in electronic money.

    • Legal history
      September 2012

      The Legal History of Wales

      New Edition

      by Thomas Glyn Watkin (Author)

      Watkin provides a history of the various legal systems by which Wales and its people have been governed over the last two millenia, including the civil law of Rome, the laws of the native Welsh people, the canon law of the Church and the English common law. This book shows how in each age the people of Wales have adapted to and adopted the legal traditions which they have encountered and assesses the importance of this inheritance for the future of modern Wales within both Europe and the wider international community.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      July 2012

      Cymru'r Gyfraith

      Sylwadau ar Hunaniaeth Gyfreithiol

      by R. Gwynedd Parry (Author)

      Mae’r gyfrol hon yn gwyntyllu’r cysyniad o hunaniaeth gyfreithiol Gymreig. Bu esblygiad y cysyniad a’i weithredu’n ymarferol yn destun trafod o fewn y gymuned gyfreithiol ers sefydlu Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru yn 1999. Bathwyd ymadrodd i grisialu’r broses, sef ‘Cymru’r Gyfraith’. Bu Parry yn ystyried ac yn dadansoddi rhai o’r prif bynciau sydd wedi meithrin y syniad o hunaniaeth gyfreithiol Gymreig, a’r ffactorau sydd yn ysgogi ei ddatblygiad.

    • Legal history
      March 2010

      The Dialogue of the Government of Wales (1594)

      Updated Text and Commentary

      by John Gwynfor Jones (Author)

      This volume is broadly divided into two main sections. The first part comprises a detailed introduction to the background of "The Dialogue", written in 1594 by George Owen of Henllys, north Pembrokeshire, followed by an updated version of the text with explanatory notes. George Owen was the most observant Welsh historians of the late sixteenth century, and in the "Dialogue" he discusses the main functions of legal institutions of government in Tudor Wales following the Acts of Union (1536-43). The discourse is not merely a description of those institutions but rather, in the form of a dialogue, it provides an analysis of the good and bad aspects of the Tudor legal structure. Emphasis is placed on the administration of the Acts of Union, and comparisons are drawn with the harsh penal legislation which had previously been imposed by Henry IV. Owen reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the Henrician settlement, but heartily praises the Tudor regime, regarding Henry VII and Henry VIII as liberators of the Welsh nation which the author, in the 'prophetic tradition', associated with the nation's historic destiny. In this 'Dialogue' Demetus is described as a native Welsh gentleman and Barthol as the German lawyer from Frankfort travelling through Europe and observing legal practices. The Socratic method applied reveals the Renaissance style of conducting debates, a framework which gives the work much of its appeal. The "Dialogue" is an invaluable Tudor source which places Welsh Tudor government and administration in a broader historical perspective.

    • Shipping industries
      July 2013

      Shipping at Cardiff

      Photographs from the Hansen Collection

      by David Jenkins (Author)

      One of the greatest treasures in the archives of the Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum is the Hansen Collection, consisting of over 4500 negatives of shipping taken at Cardiff Docks between 1920 and 1975. Lars Peter Hansen, a native of Copenhagen, settled in Cardiff in 1891 and he and his third son Leslie established a photographic business in the docks; taking pictures of ships for sale to seamen and shipowners was an important part of their business. Following the retirement of Leslie Hansen in 1975, the museum purchased the negative collection. Its historical value cannot be overstated and this album is intended as a tribute to the Hansens, who through their work have bequeathed to Wales a pictorial record of shipping activity at the nation's premier port.

    • Shipping industries
      July 2013

      Shipowners of Cardiff

      A Class by Themselves

      by David Jenkins (Author)

      From 1875 to the present day, the Cardiff and Bristol Channel Incorporated Shipowners' Association has been the representative body for shipowners in Cardiff and other Bristol Channel ports. This study looks at some of the most representative periods in its history: the reaction of the Association to the proposal to build new docks in Barry in the 1880s, the Seaman's Strike in 1911, and the schism which split the Association in 1912-14. David Jenkins also reveals that a barrage across the estuary of the rivers Taff and Ely was first proposed as early as 1920. Nothing came of that proposal, but in 1929 a similar scheme was once more under consideration, comprising a dam with two locks across the tidal channel, between Penarth Head and Queen Alexandra lock.

    • Laws of Specific jurisdictions
      September 2017

      Administrative Justice in Wales and Comparative Perspectives

      by Sarah Nason

      Administrative Justice is about public decision-making and the relationship between citizen and state in areas such as health, education, welfare and planning. It includes the law that applies to public body decision-making and the methods for challenging decisions.

    • Planning law
      October 2017

      Welsh Planning Law and Practice

      by Graham Walters

      Planning is a practical matter affecting important aspects of daily life, though planning law can prove complex and inaccessible with increasing divergence between England and Wales. This book will promote recognition of Welsh planning law in order to aid accessibility for all who practise in or who are involved in shaping development in Wales.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      September 2018

      Legislating for Wales

      by Thomas Glyn Watkin with Daniel Greenberg

      This book analyses and describes the process of law-making for Wales from initial ideas for legislation, through their development into policies and legislative proposals, to final enactment and implementation.

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