Are prisons effective and does trial by jury still work? How should the law deal with companies that cause fatal accidents? And what extra rights should children conceived using donor sperm have? This album introduces the legal reasoning behind legislation, rights and justice. Experts and specialist lawyers debate how the law should address criminal acts and issues such as freedom of speech, donor tracing and adoption, taking into account the wider picture of how laws are developed and whether they reflect their contemporary social context. This material forms part of The Open University course W100 Rules, rights and justice: an introduction to law.
Rules, rights and justice: an introduction to law
0:58A short introduction to this album.
Does prison work?
29:47An ex-prisoner, a prison reformist, a judge and an academic of law discuss the value of incarceration for punishment and rehabilitation.
Trial by jury
21:09Specialists in various aspects of law discuss the system of trial by jury, which is now 800 years old; but does it have limitations in the 21st century?
22:46How can corporate failings be dealt with by the law? Experts in corporate law and prosecution, and safety in industry debate current law and its shortcomings.
Adoption and donor tracing
22:34Adoption lawyers and researchers of assisted conception discuss the rights of artificially-conceived and adopted children and their parents.
Freedom of speech
24:56A current affairs journalist, a human rights lawyer and an academic debate issues around freedom of speech and to what extent the law should intervene to restrict it.