Ancient Laws and Modern Problems: The Balance Between Justice and a Legal System

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Third Millennium Pub., 2001 - Law - 220 pages
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This study of the written laws of 4,000 years ago puts to rest the belief that the most ancient laws were merely arbitrary and tyrannical. On the contrary, the earliest legal systems honestly tried to get to the truth, do justice to individuals and preserve civil order. Some of the surviving law codes are originals, others near-contemporary copies.Sassoon also compares ancient and modern principles of law, a study which will be as controversial as it is fascinating. The first act of writing laws diminished the discretion of the judges and foretold a limit on individual justice. Some political principles such as uniformity of treatment or individual freedom have, when carried to extremes, produced crises in modern legal systems worldwide.

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Contents

Introduction
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Acknowledgements
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EMERGENCE FROM PREHISTORY
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