In Elements of Legislation, Neil Duxbury examines the history of English law through the lens of legal philosophy in an effort to draw out the differences between judge-made and enacted law and to explain what courts do with the laws that legislatures enact. He presents a series of rigorously researched and carefully rehearsed arguments concerning the law-making functions of legislatures and courts, the concepts of legislative supremacy and judicial review, the nature of legislative intent and the core principles of statutory interpretation.
'As with his book The Nature and Authority of Precedent, Duxbury sheds a new and penetrating light on areas which might be thought to be familiar. Not everyone will agree with his conclusions on topics such as judicial legislation, strong judicial review and legislative intent, but all will benefit from the care with which he examines the issues, his formidable knowledge of jurisprudential and other literature and the clarity of his analysis.' Sir Ross Cranston, Judge, High Court (England and Wales), Queen's Bench Division