American Law in a Global Context: The Basics
American Law in a Global Context is an elegant and erudite introduction to the American legal system from a global perspective. It covers the law and lawyering tools taught in the first year of law school, explaining the underlying concepts and techniques of the common law used in U.S. legal practice. The ideas central to the development and practice of American law, as well as constitutional law, contracts, property, criminal law, and courtroom procedure, are all presented in their historical and intellectual contexts, accessible to the novice but with insight that will inform the expert. Actual cases illuminate each major subject, engaging readers in the legal process and the arguments between real people that make American law an ever-evolving system.
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Common Law and Civil
TWO The Civil Law
FOUR Legal Reasoning
FIVE The Constitution as Code III
SIX Judicial Review
EIGHTEEN The Frontiers of Property
NINETEEN Contract as Law
TWENTY Contract as Justice
TWENTYONE Contractual Harm
TWENTYTWO Foundations of Tort Law
TWENTYTHREE Economic Eﬂiciency
TWENTYFOUR From Contributory to Comparative
EIGHT The Alternative Constitution
NINE Equality Prevails
TEN Freedom Fights Back
ELEVEN The Jury
TWELVE Due Process Ascendant 2 59
THIRTEEN Coordinating the States
FOURTEEN Multiple Common Laws?
SIXTEEN The Triumph of Equity
SEVENTEEN Contemporary Property
TWENTYSIX The American Civil Trial in Outline
TWENTYSEVEN Where Would You Rather Be Tried?
TWENTYEIGHT The Fate of Bernhard Goetz
SUMMARY The Right and the Reasonable
APPENDIX TWO Common Law Method or How to
APPENDIX THREE The Interpretation of Statutes
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