Legal Theory Bookworm: "Habeas Corpus in Wartime" by Tyler

The Legal Theory Bookworm recommends Habeas Corpus in Wartime: From the Tower of London to Guantanamo Bay by  Amanda L. Tyler.  Here is a description: Habeas Corpus in Wartime unearths and presents a comprehensive account of the legal and political history of habeas corpus in wartime in the Anglo-American legal tradition. The book begins by tracing the origins of the habeas privilege in English law, giving special attention to the English Habeas Corpus Act of 1679, which limited the scope of executive detention and used the machinery of the English courts to enforce its terms. It also explores the circumstances that led Parliament to invent the concept of suspension as a tool for setting aside the protections of the Habeas Corpus Act in wartime. Turning to the United States, the book highlights how the English suspension framework greatly influenced the development of early American habeas law before and after the American Revolution and…

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