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Law, Morality and the Private Domain

Law, Morality and the Private Domain

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  • Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
  • ISBN: 9789622095236
  • Published In: September 2000
  • Format: Paperback , 356 pages
  • Jurisdiction: Hong Kong ? Disclaimer:
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    Are judges morally accountable? Is legal validity value-free? Do animals have rights? These are some of the questions considered in this collection of essays. Moral problems, argues Professor Raymond Wacks, pervade the legal system, and he shows how the judicial function, the sources of legitimacy, and the protection of rights have an inescapable ethical dimension. The second part of the book focuses on the private domain and the legal concept of privacy. The extent to which the law ought to preserve a distinctly private realm is a pressing concern in our surveillance society in which personal information is increasingly collected, transferred, and stored. This controversial and difficult subject is one into which Professor Wacks, a leading expert in this field, is uniquely qualified to offer important insights.

    Raymond Wacks' analysis will be of interest not only to lawyers, legal philosophers, and students of law, but also to the general reader seeking an understanding of the jurisprudential underpinning of rights and moral values, their legal recognition, and practical application.

  • Preface

    Introduction

    Part One: Morality and Rights
    1. What Is the Judicial Function?
    2. Can a Judge Be Just in an Unjust Legal System?
    3. Are Judges Morally Accountable?
    4. Is Legal Validity Morally Neutral?
    5. Do Animals Have Moral Rights?
    6. Can 'Human Rights' Survive?

    Part Two: The Private Domain
    17. What Is 'Privacy'?
    18. Should the Concept of Privacy Be Abandoned?
    19. Can the Law Protect the Private Domain?
    10. Are Privacy and Free Speech Possible in Cyberspace?
    11. Can Privacy Co-exist with a Free Press?
    12. Is the Private Domain Doomed?

    Sources

    Index

  • Raymond Wacks is Professor of Law and Legal Theory at the University of Hong Kong. He is an international authority on the legal protection of privacy, and has also published widely in the field of legal theory.

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