12 UCL Jurisprudence Rev. i (2005)

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Jurisprudence Review
2005
Reviewed by
Nigel Simmonds
Doctor and Reader of Philosophy
Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
Jurisprudence is not a body of knowledge but a tradition of reflective thought. The
survival of that tradition is vital to the rule of law as we know it, and to the ability of our
institutions adequately to meet the challenges of a changing world.
Yet this precious inheritance is currently under threat. It is threatened by the
vocational ethos now encouraged within many British universities; and it is threatened
also by a tendency amongst legal theorists to focus upon sterile issues that are of little
interest to the wider legal community, or to the educated citizen.
There can be no better way for students to learn jurisprudence than by seeking to
make their own contribution to the debate. Nor can there be a better way to ensure the
survival of reflective thought concerning matters of law and justice. University College
London is one of the principal institutions in Europe where jurisprudence continues to
thrive unaffected by the tendency towards sterility that is growing within legal theory,
and by the vocational pressures that bear upon it from outside. It is fitting therefore that
its students should produce such an exemplary journal.
Ronald Dworkin
Bentham Professor of Jurisprudence
University College London
The University College London Faculty of Laws has always insisted that inquiry into
theoretical aspects of all laws is central to a proper legal education. The Jurisprudence
Review is now in its second decade, and the 2005 volume provides an impressive
collection of the highest first class papers produced by UCL's Law students as part of
their undergraduate and postgraduate examinations.
Each paper illustrates originality and scholarly research that does credit to the
students and staff at this Faculty. The Review is the only academic student Law Review
in the United Kingdom, and I believe it now contributes significantly to legal philosophy.
My congratulations to all the contributors and special thanks to the editorial team.

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