25 J. Jurisprudence (T.T. Clark) 1 (1881)

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JOURNAL OF JURISPRUDENCE.
PARTY POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW AND
POLICY.
AIR. W. G. MILL ER'S INTRODUCTORY LECTURE DELIVERED TO THE CLASS
OF PUBLIC LAWS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW AT THE COMMENCE-
RMENT OF SESSION n880-81, ON FRIDAY, 29TH OCTOBER 1880.
AT the close of last session our studies were interrupted by the
turmoil and confusion of an appeal to the constituencies. It was
said on all hands, and even by Cabinet Ministers, that their verdict
was asked on the, foreign policy of her Majesty's late Government.
Now to us whc are accustomed to see difficult questions of Biblical
Criticism and Church History referred to popular assemblies, one-
half of the memnierw of which have never given a moment's con-
sideration to such questions, and the majority of the remainder
have forgottelL all they ever learned-to us it may not appear
strange that the-opinion of every voter in the United Kingdom
should be asked on skich complicated questions of law and fact as
were involved in the policy of the Government in Afghanistan,
Zululand, or Turkey.    But however strange an appeal to the
constituencies on such a question may at first sight appear, and
however alarming the result of that appeal may appear to any who
are concerned for the stability of constitutional government, it will
be seen on a closer examination that the change was not after all a
serious one, and that the constituencies were actuated very much
by the feelings of a man who dismisses one eminent physician and
calls in another, or those of a litigant who prefers one eminent
advocate to another. While those events are still fresh on your
memories, I think I should be doing wrong if I did not embrace
the opportunity of calling your attention specially to the effect of
party politics in Great Britain on international law and policy,
during the last half-century. And notwithstanding the present
electric state of the academic atmosphere, I have no doubt that the
VOL. XXV. NO. CCLXXXIX.-JANUARY 1881.               A

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