In 2010 Lord Bingham – one of our great jurists – published an important work. In it he sets out what have quickly become known among lawyers as “Bingham’s eight principles” – the key ingredients of the rule of law.
Topping Bingham’s list is the requirement for the law to be accessible, intelligible, clear and predictable.
When the law is failing to meet these criteria, it should be revised.
It is worth bearing this in mind when examining the law surrounding abortion on the grounds of gender selection.